NOK 2 billion to new Centres of Excellence

Minister of Education and Research Kristin Halvorsen congratulates the 13 new Centres of Excellence. (Photo: The Minister of Education and Research)

The Research Council of Norway has granted 13 research groups status as Norwegian Centres of Excellence (SFF centres) starting in 2013. The new centres will receive a total of more than NOK 2 billion over a ten-year period to produce world-class research.

"Researchers who are seeking a role at the cutting edge of their international fields need flexible, long-term funding to give them a chance to take bolder steps," says Minister of Education and Research Kristin Halvorsen, who is pleased that the SFF scheme is being continued and extends hearty congratulations to the 13 new centres."

The new centres are located as follows: four in Oslo, three in Bergen, four in Trondheim, one in Ås and one in Tromsø.

The new centres will receive a total of more than NOK 200 million annually for a maximum of two five-year periods. Funding for the second five-year period will be awarded on the basis of a mid-term evaluation carried out roughly 3 ½ years after start-up.

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