Towards the end of 2011 the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, along with the universities in Norway, agreed to co-allocate an additional EUR 26.5 million for independent basic research in 2012. Ninety highly-qualified projects have now been awarded this funding.
The funding has been awarded under the FRIPRO scheme for independent basic research projects at the Research Council of Norway. The projects will also receive funding in 2013 and 2014.
“These are first-rate projects which, despite their high assessment scores of 6 or 7 (out of a possible 7), did not obtain funding under the FRIPRO scheme’s regular funding round in autumn 2011,” explains Anders Hanneborg, Executive Director of the Division for Science. “There were 172 projects in this group – all assessed by international referees as being of particularly high scientific merit.”
The universities indicated which projects they hoped would be given priority within the parameters of the EUR 26.5 million. In the final assessment round, the four expert committees under the FRIPRO scheme formally selected 90 prioritised projects as recipients of the funding.