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New funding round for Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI)

At least 10 new Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) may be established in autumn 2020.

Successful centre-based collaboration between institutions and companies – but more can be achieved

The Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) have succeeded at competence building and researcher recruitment in areas of major importance to Norwegian trade and industry, according to a new evaluation.

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.

Read final reports from the first 14 SFI centres

You can now download and read final reports from the first 14 Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) that completed their work in 2015.

SFI in Research Europe

The latest edition of Research Europe magazine writes about the SFI scheme, including interviews with Research Council CEO Arvid Hallén and SAMCoT Director Sveinung Løset.

All seven centres to continue

The seven Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) established in 2011 have undergone a midterm evaluation conducted by panels of international experts. All the SFI centres were given a positive evaluation.

Nine new Centres for Research-based Innovation launched

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the independent research foundation SINTEF are the host institutions for 9 of the 17 new Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) awarded funding from the Research Council of Norway last year.

Midway evaluation reports

The reports from the midway evaluation of the seven centres established in 2011 (SFI-II) are now available from the webpage Midway evaluation.

Watch video about SFI IO Center

SFI IO Center has recently launched a video, presenting how the centre works on developing new methods and tools for integrated operations in the petroleum industry.

Successful prototype test of new underwater camera system

For the first time, the underwater vision system Deep Vision from SFI CRISP has been tested in the sea. The test was successful, and a fully functioning version will be launched at a research cruise organized by CRISP in March 2015.

17 new Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) announced

“These centres will expand the innovation capacity of the Norwegian business sector and provide a more stable framework for the research groups to carry out their industry-oriented research,” stated Director General of the Research Council of Norway, Arvid Hallén, when he announced the list of Norway’s new SFI centres on 21 November.

R&D centre renovating the concrete industry

Activities at the SFI COIN Concrete Innovation Centre, one of the centres for research-based innovation under the Research Council of Norway, have generated knowledge and expertise on how to produce concrete with greater efficiency, less environmental impact and using more advanced materials.

Widespread interest in becoming a Centre for Research-based Innovation

Up to 14 new Norwegian Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) will be launched in 2015. The Research Council of Norway has received 57 applications from companies and research groups seeking to attain SFI status.

Internasjonal workshop med mange deltakere

Over 30 forskere deltok på SFI Normans International Workshop of Advanced Manufacturing and Automation i Trondheim 27. november.

New funding announcement for Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI)

This funding announcement for applications for SFI status encompasses all thematic areas that may be of importance for innovation and value creation in the business sector. The main criteria for the selection of the centres are scientific merit and potential for innovation and value creation. The intention is to start up at least 14 new Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) in 2015.

Big-data research spurs industrial development

One of the world’s largest specialist groups within the field of big-data analytics is being assembled in Norway. The centre for Information Access Disruptions (iAD), with its head office in Tromsø, is at the core of this activity.

Fully automated football analysis

Using entirely new electronic solutions, football coaches can provide their players with video analysis as early as half-time or immediately following a match.

Developing a new ultrasound technology

European research groups are joining forces to develop a new ultrasound system and improve treatment for heart patients. The Norwegian Center for Cardiological Innovation (CCI) will play a key role.

New ultrasound to save heart patients

Far more people will survive heart failure and cardiac arrest if the researchers at the new Center for Cardiological Innovation in Oslo achieve their objectives.

High hopes for cooperation on Arctic petroleum

The Arctic may contain more than a fifth of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas resources. A new Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) will help to ensure that projects to recover petroleum from this ecologically fragile region are carried out in a sustainable manner.

New centre targets sea lice

Over the past 10 years, sea lice have become the plague of the salmon farming industry. Combating sea lice now claims up to ten per cent of the cost of producing Norwegian salmon. To coordinate and streamline efforts to fight this destructive parasite, the Sea Lice Research Centre (SLRC) has been launched in Bergen.

Research to secure the future of fisheries

Sustainability, respect for the environment, quality and cost reduction are objectives frequently mentioned in the fisheries industry. A new Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) is now set to act on those good intentions.

New centres for eco-friendly fisheries and enhancing services

The Research Council’s two new Centres for Research-driven Innovation opened in Bergen recently amidst great fanfare. The centres will focus on sustainable fishing methods and service innovation, respectively.

Norway has high hopes for service innovation

If you believe the dire predictions, an ageing population will spell the demise of the Nordic welfare state. But for creative, innovative enterprises, the situation presents opportunities rather than problems.

Prognosis for brain damage

A Norwegian research centre is developing new magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques to study the brain. This could have impact for victims of brain damage as well as Alzheimer patients.

Norwegian research centre offers hope for tiny hearts

The Medical Imaging Laboratory in Trondheim is making advances in imaging methods for both ultrasound and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. One benefit will be an enhanced ability to discover heart defects in newborns.

Salmon happy in deeper water

It was thought to be impossible to farm salmon in submerged sea cages. But new research from the Centre for Research-based Innovation in Aquaculture Technology (CREATE) in Trondheim demonstrates otherwise. These findings may also prove valuable in combating sea lice and algae.

All centres to continue after mid-term evaluation

Norway’s first 14 Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) have been evaluated, half-way through their maximum eight-year period of operation. All of them were given a positive evaluation.

Centres targeting the future

The Research Council of Norway has allocated over NOK 500 million to new research centres charged with enhancing innovation capabilities in Norwegian trade and industry and addressing key societal challenges.

SFI centre finds many promising prospects:

Many patents for molecules from marine organisms lined up The Centre on Marine Bioactives and Drug Discovery has analysed some 70,000 fractions of Arctic marine organisms. Known as MabCent, this research centre in Tromsø was launched in 2007.