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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.

The ERC provides funding for frontier research of the highest scientific quality.

ERC Advanced Grants of EUR 2.5 million in project funding have been granted to Professor Stenmark, from the University of Oslo (UiO), and Professor Tungodden, from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). Both professors are the head of a Norwegian Centre of Excellence (SFF) at their respective institutions.

“One requirement for SFF status is that researchers must apply for ERC funding, so we are very pleased that two centre directors have won Advanced Grants in tough competition with Europe’s leading researchers in their fields. The awards attest to the high quality of the research at these centres,” says Per Ivar Høvring, National Contact Point for the ERC at the Research Council of Norway.

Professor Stenmark (left) and Professor Tungodden have each been granted EUR 2.5 million in funding from the European Research Council (ERC) for cancer research and behavioural research, respectively. (Photo: UiO og NHH)

Second time for Harald Stenmark

Professor Harald Stenmark was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for the cancer research project, “Coincidence detection of proteins and lipids in regulation of cellular membrane dynamics (CODE)”. This is the second time the professor has won an Advanced Grant.

“The project is designed to reveal ‘codes’ which the cells in our bodies use for turning on special processes in the right place inside the cells. This is important for cancer research because we know that errors in such ‘codes’ can result in uncontrolled cell division and the development of cancer. If we know which ‘codes’ the cells use, we can also make biotechnological use of them, and part of the project is designed to develop artificial ‘codes’ which can be used in biosensors,” writes UiO’s Faculty of Medicine.

Dr Stenmark will be heading his second SFF, the Centre for Cancer Cell Reprogramming, to be launched this year.

SFF, FRIPRO Toppforsk and ERC grants in the same year for Bertil Tungodden

The allocation to Professor Bertil Tungodden’s project marks the first time an ERC Advanced Grant has been awarded to a Norwegian university college. Bertil Tungodden, professor in the Department of Economics, is director of the recently launched SFF, the Centre for Experimental Research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality (FAIR. Earlier this year the professor also won a Toppforsk grant from the Research Council of Norway under the FRIPRO scheme for independent research projects.

The ERC funding goes towards work on “Fairness and the moral mind”, a project addressing inequality and moral motivation. “A main ambition for the project is to demonstrate how moral motivation influences an individual’s choices and, therefore, that it is of great significance for understanding developments in society,” writes the NHH Bulletin.

Anticipating more ERC grants to Norway

“The Research Council sends its warmest congratulations to Professors Stenmark and Tungodden. We are looking forward to following their work and seeing the results of activities at their centres,” says Mr Høvring.

“The Research Council allocated funding for 10 new Norwegian Centres of Excellence last year. Thirteen other centres are in the second half of their ten-year Research Council funding period. We anticipate that more of these centres will be bringing home ERC funding for individual projects in the form of Advanced Grants, Starting Grants and Consolidator Grants,” Mr Høvring concludes.

The next call for Advanced Grant proposals  will be issued on 17 May 2018.

Calls for ERC Starting Grants, which target early-career researchers, and Consolidator Grants, for individuals with somewhat more experience as research project managers, are planned to be issued in the summer.

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Professor Stenmark (left) and Professor Tungodden have each been granted EUR 2.5 million in funding from the European Research Council (ERC) for cancer research and behavioural research, respectively. (Photo: UiO and NHH)

Written by:
Brita Skuland/Else Lie. Translation: Glenn Wells/Carol B. Eckmann.
Published:
25.04.2018
Last updated:
26.04.2018