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Positive evaluations of the NANO2021 and BIOTEK2021 technology programmes

Two of the Research Council of Norway’s large-scale technology programmes have been evaluated after five years of operation. The evaluation reports praise both programmes while also recommending certain changes.

The results from this year's optimisation call is available

Ten projects were granted NOK 76 million in total. There were in total 26 projects applying for NOK 194 million. The allocation is done by the program boards of BIOTEK2021 and FORNY2020.

My optimization story – biomarkers from microvesicles

"You will see your research from a different perspective. You will have the possibility to test your idea and build on it!" says Alicia Llorente from Oslo University Hospital as she tells us about her experience from leading an optimization project.

The 4th annual optimisation workshop

The 25th – 26th of April BIOTEK2021 arranged the 4th annual workshop for members of all active optimisation projects.

New methods for diagnosing and treating cancer

The Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Cancer Society are joining forces to ensure that results from Norwegian cancer research make it from the laboratory to the market more quickly – for the benefit of the patients.

Mobilising for innovation in nanomedicine

The Research Council of Norway is encouraging a variety of Norwegian research groups to take part in a broad-based dialogue on nanotechnology and the opportunities it holds for medical applications.

NOK 250 million for a new biotechnology centre

The Research Council of Norway has awarded NOK 250 million in funding under the new biotechnology initiative on digital life for the establishment of a national centre. Six large-scale Researcher Projects will be carried out under the auspices of the centre, with topics spanning from aquaculture to brain research.

45 million NOK for innovative cancer treatments and diagnostics

An exciting new call which aims to ensure that cancer patients can benefit from promising biotechnological research sooner is now available. The announced funding shall be used to explore and develop the commercial potential of previously obtained research results.

Optimization announcement for 2015

This year's optimization announcement in biotechnology is now available on the Research Council website. It is announced 40 million kroner for projects related to marine agricultural- and industrial biotechnology.

Funding announcement from ERA-NET for Systems Medicine

The Research Council participates through the national program Biotechnology for Innovation (BIOTEK2021) in the first joint transnational call from ERACoSysMed, a new ERA-NET Cofund that focuses on promoting the implementation of systems medicine in clinical research and medical practice.

Record amount of funding for researcher schools

This spring, the Research Council of Norway will announce approximately NOK 325 million in funding for the establishment of new national researcher schools. The application submission deadline is 15 April 2015.

The BIOTEK2021 programme's new strategic initiative

The BIOTEK2021 programme is launching a new strategic initiative entitled "Digital Life – Convergence for Innovation" (see description at right). The strategy will be implemented using various support schemes under the programme in the coming years.

NOK 15 million for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector relating to marine biotechnology

Up to NOK 15 million in funding is available for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector. The objective is to boost value creation based on marine biotechnology by strengthening R&D activity in existing and emerging industry. Marine biotechnology here also includes marine bioprospecting.

Funding for Proof-of-principle studies

80 million NOK is available from the BIOTEK2021 program for funding proof-of-principle studies within biotechnology

2nd joint Call in ERA-net synthetic biology

The Synthetic Biology ERA-NET (ERASynBio) is pleased to announce its 2nd joint call for transnational research projects in Synthetic Biology. The call represents a unique and continuous opportunity for Europe and the USA to build Synthetic Biology capacity through innovative transnational projects.

Norway to coordinate European marine biotechnology research

Much of the resources in the oceans are underutilised or not yet discovered. Now Norway has been given the responsibility for coordinating important European research on marine biotechnology.

New method to generate radical project ideas

The Research Council of Norway is adopting an “idea laboratory” (Idélab) method to generate groundbreaking projects in the interface between subject areas and disciplines. The first event will focus on the vision of a zero-emissions society.

BIOTEK2021 would like to inform you about a talk by Professor Peter Hunter

“The Virtual Physiological Human – the use of computational modeling to analyze integrative biological function” Date: Monday October 14th Time: 09:15 Place: Auditorium 2 in Helga Engh’s Hus, University of Oslo

Marine Biotechnology Symposium

Marine Biotechnology Symposium inviterer til Symposiet "Emerging opportunities and future perspectives"

The 14th International Conference on Systems Biology

The 14th International Conference on Systems Biology Copenhagen, Denmark 30 August - 3 September, 2013

Sterile farmed salmon can reduce genetic impact on wild fish

Interbreeding between escaped farmed salmon and their wild counterparts is a major headache for the aquaculture industry. Now Norwegian fish farming companies are raising one million sterile salmon in sea cages – for the purpose of research that may help to get the upper hand on this problem.

Using salmon genome to adapt fish to warmer water

Researchers are studying precociously mature dwarf males for ways to selectively breed farmed salmon that better withstand higher ocean temperatures.

Towards personalised cancer treatment

All types of cancer begin with genetic aberrations in the DNA of normal cells. An extensive research project will examine the errors occurring in the genes of several thousand Norwegian patients. The objective is to develop treatment that is better adapted to the individual patient.

ERA-CAPS lyser ut midler til plantevitenskap

European Research Area Network, Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences (ERA-CAPS) har lansert sin første felles utlysning.

Marin bioteknologi i fokus

Som OECD-medlemmer er Norge, Canada og Korea med og arrangerer et OECD Globalt Forum møte om «Marine Biotechnology Enabling Solutions for Ocean Productivity and Sustainability i Vancouver, Canada, 30.-31. mai.

From FUGE to BIOTEK2021

The Research Council of Norway recently launched its new large-scale initiative for biotechnology: Biotechnology for innovation (BIOTEK2021). The programme replaces the Programme on Functional Genomics in Norway (FUGE).

Human biobanks and health data

Norwegian biobanks are a world-class research resource. The Research Council of Norway is launching a new programme for research on human biobanks and health data.

The RCN grant application process: step by step

A simple video is now available which explains the Research Council of Norway’s grant application system and how applications are processed.

First national strategy for biotechnology

Biotechnology will lead to new tools for enhancing value creation, improving health, and protecting the environment. This is the vision of the first strategy for biotechnology, presented by the Norwegian Government.

Ambitious new biotechnology programme being launched

The new BIOTEK2021 programme is designed to further the development of the field of biotechnology and provide a foundation for new value creation in Norwegian trade and industry.