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ENHANCING RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE:

NOK 400 million more for equipment and databases

The Research Council of Norway has now awarded another NOK 400 million for new investments in research equipment. This brings the Research Council’s allocations for research infrastructure to a total of NOK 1 billion over the course of two years.

Photo: Eva Brænd The projects have in common that they involve establishing infrastructure that serves a broad national interest,” states Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council of Norway. (Photo: Eva Brænd) Eleven new infrastructure projects have received the green light from the Research Council in this funding round to realise investments of NOK 400 million in equipment. Each project proposal involves multiple research groups.

Applications are assessed on the basis of the projects’ scientific merit and their strategic significance for Norwegian research.

Wide range of projects

“The projects span a wide range, but what they all have in common is that they involve establishing infrastructure that serves a broad national interest,” states Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council of Norway.

Some of the fields that can now invest in modern infrastructure include brain research, high-performance computing capacity, materials research, bioinformatics, and databases for linguistics research, the social sciences and marine research.

“Investments in equipment for Norwegian research once lagged far behind,” says Tora Aasland, Minister of Research and Higher Education. “We have succeeded in turning that around by establishing the National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure in 2008. High-quality research requires access to modern equipment, and these most recent investments give the Norwegian research community a powerful boost in key areas of society.”

NOK 1 billion for equipment

Photo: Andreas B. Johansen High-quality research requires access to modern equipment, and these most recent investments give the Norwegian research community a powerful boost in key areas of society, states Tora Aasland, Minister of Research and Higher Education. (Photo: Andreas B. Johansen) Last month’s decision brings the Research Council’s total allocations for research equipment and databases to NOK 1 billion since the first funding awards were granted in September 2009.

A total of NOK 500 million was allocated in 2009 and 2010 for investments such as eInfrastructure, advanced scientific equipment, scientific databases and collections, and large-scale infrastructure.

NOK 100 million was allocated this May in the category of advanced scientific equipment (with investment costs in the range of NOK 2-30 million).

Now another NOK 400 million has been awarded to projects with a budget of NOK 2-100 million per project.

All the allocations have taken place within the framework of the 10-year National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure, funded through earmarked yields from the Fund for Research and Innovation. This scheme is to be continued at its present level in 2012, but as a separate item in the national budget since the Fund for Research and Innovation will be discontinued in its current form.
 

 

Written by:
Synnøve Bolstad/Else Lie. Translation: Darren McKellep/Carol B. Eckmann
Published:
02.11.2011
Last updated:
13.09.2016