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Two prominent Norwegian researchers each receive EUR 2.5 million in ERC funding

Harald Stenmark from the University of Oslo and Bertil Tungodden from the Norwegian School of Economics have been awarded Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for cancer research and behavioural research, respectively.

Key priorities for polar research – invitation to survey

EU-PolarNet and a group of 50 polar experts and stakeholders are working together to develop a set of polar white papers. These white papers will provide a state of the art for a range of societal relevant polar issues and outline possible approaches on how to address these. We now would like to invite you to contribute to this process.

Ten new Norwegian Centres of Excellence

The Research Council of Norway has granted ten research groups status as Norwegian Centres of Excellence (SFF centres). The new centres will receive a total of NOK 1.5 billion over a ten-year period to carry out world-class research.

New policy for researcher recruitment to increase interaction and international mobility

The Research Council of Norway has drawn up a new policy for recruitment to the research sector. The policy is designed to increase interaction between academia and working life, and make it easier for young researchers to gain international experience.

SFF: Thirty-four centres advance to the final round

A total of 34 centres have been invited to submit a detailed application to be awarded status as a new Norwegian Centre of Excellence (SFF). The application deadline for the second phase of the application process is 25 May. The final decision will be taken in December.

New funding announcement for Centres of Excellence in November

The Research Council of Norway will be announcing funding for the fourth round of Centres of Excellence (SFF) with an application deadline of 25 November 2015.

Research Council introduces a new policy for basic research

The Research Council of Norway will promote more pioneering basic research of high international calibre and enhance career opportunities for younger researchers across the entire range of funding instruments. High-quality basic research will be a mainstay of the Council’s thematically oriented initiatives.

Updated objectives and enhanced application review

The Research Council of Norway will be announcing funding for the fourth round of Centres of Excellence (SFF). In this connection, the application assessment process has been revised and the objectives of the scheme updated.

Nobel Prize in Physiology goes to Norwegian researchers

Norwegian husband-wife team Edvard and May-Britt Moser have been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology for their discovery of grid cells in the brain.

Over NOK 50 million in EU funding to Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research

The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR) is the first Norwegian research institution to win a Synergy Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The funding from the EU backs a study to determine whether the Greenland ice sheet will melt more rapidly as Arctic sea ice shrinks.

International recognition for Norwegian research on civil wars

How to bring civil wars to an end is a key concern in international policy. The Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW) is a leading research environment in this field. Part of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), the CSCW is carrying out valuable work that is gaining recognition worldwide.

Understanding ecological changes

More than 150 years after the publication of Darwin’s The Origin of Species, we still know surprisingly little about why animals vary the way they do, and even less about how these changes affect fundamental processes in nature. A new SFF centre will take on the challenge of increasing our knowledge.

Radiant research to protect human life

The more we know about radioactivity, the more we can curb fear and uncertainty among the population, and the better prepared we can be to deal effectively with a nuclear disaster. This is the point of departure for the activities of a new Norwegian Centre of Excellence.

Individualised cancer treatment in sight

The new Centre for Cancer Biomarkers (CCBIO) at the University of Bergen will conduct in-depth studies of the microenvironment of cancerous tumours, hunting for biomarkers to aid physicians in selecting the best targeted treatment. Cancer today is understood as a disease with many forms. Treatment tailored to the individual may be the best way to beat it.

New pieces to the puzzle of mental disorders

There are not only one, but many pieces to the puzzle of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. During the next 10 years, the Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research (NORMENT) will try to find as many of these as possible.

Combating threats to women’s and children’s health

Each year, some 7 million children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) die before the age of five, and close to 300 000 women lose their lives in connection with pregnancy or childbirth. The new Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health (CISMAC) in Bergen is seeking to find ways to effectively increase survival and enhance maternal and child health in these countries.

Arctic gas hydrate: Vast energy resource or climate threat?

Arctic gas hydrate is a fossil resource mainly consisting of methane. It may represent a larger energy supply than all other oil and gas resources put together. But what is the potential impact of gas hydrate on climate change and the marine environment? A new Norwegian Centre of Excellence will supply valuable answers.

Towards a fourth geoscience revolution

The Earth’s mantle, a deep layer of its interior, affects the movement of the tectonic plates. At the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED) in Oslo, researchers are working to develop a model to describe this process and put the centre at the forefront of a fourth revolution in the geosciences.

When the body’s line of defence becomes the enemy

What happens when the human immune system – the body’s own defence mechanism – is transformed into the enemy? This is the puzzle researchers worldwide are currently working to solve. A new Centre of Excellence in Trondheim has taken on the task of providing some of the essential pieces.

The sky is the limit for space research centre

The Birkeland Centre for Space Science (BCSS) in Bergen is reaching for the skies, more specifically for near space, the zone a few hundred kilometres above the Earth’s surface.

Ethics and brain research

“Happy people, happy animals, excellent research” is May-Britt Moser’s motto at the new Norwegian Centre of Excellence (SFF) for neuroscience research in Trondheim. Ethics will be paramount in their research.

The value of multilingualism

Multilingualism has an impact both on individuals and on society as a whole. The new Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) in Oslo is set to carry out research on the dynamics and ramifications of multilingualism.

Seeking to establish ground rules for international court system

The growing plurality of international courts increases the need to establish a set of ground rules. A dynamic group of Oslo-based legal scholars, political scientists and political theorists in a recently established Centre of Excellence are looking to assist in this process.

Aiming farther, deeper and colder

The Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS) will bring the city of Trondheim world-class status in research on intelligent ships, unmanned vehicles and robots that operate under extreme conditions.

Excellence in Norwegian research at 13 new SFF centres

In coming years, 13 new Centres of Excellence (SFF) will be making their mark in the Norwegian research community. The SFF centres will be researching a wide range of topics, from cancer biomarkers and multilingualism to subsea gas reservoirs and mental disorders.

Found the brain’s GPS

The husband-and-wife team of Edvard and May-Britt Moser have put Norwegian neuroscience research on the international map. “We could never have achieved this without the Centres of Excellence scheme (SFF),” they assert.

Fish feed for sustainable aquaculture

Norwegian researchers have been leading an international effort to make aquaculture more sustainable. In 10 years they have revolutionised fish feed.

Using computing power to develop science disciplines

Applied mathematics is making its mark in more and more areas, thanks in great part to impressive new high-performance computers. Norway’s first and only Centre of Excellence (SFF) in mathematics so far is helping to realise the scientific opportunities of these powerful new tools.

Combining disciplines yields more oil

The idea ten years ago was to integrate four classical disciplines in order to enhance petroleum research. Today, this collaboration between mathematicians, geologists, physicists and chemists has laid the foundation for recovering more oil and gas.

Mitigating damage from landslides, tsunamis and earthquakes

Where are the risks of landslide greatest? What makes a tsunami dangerous? Why are some people harder hit by earthquakes than others? Norway is home to an international research centre for geohazards that is providing the answers needed to better deal with these types of risks.