The NANO2021 programme announced funding of NOK 66 million as part of the programme’s third call for proposals for Researcher Projects. NOK 26 million has been earmarked for issues relating to responsible technology development. Five of the total 56 applications received had these issues as their primary target. A number of the other applicants incorporated this perspective as one of several topics to be included in their projects.
“We want to increase awareness of the potential negative impacts of nanotechnology. This is why we have brought this topic to the fore and set aside funding for projects that address these issues directly,” explains Programme Coordinator Aase Marie Hundere. She is pleased by the wide response of the research groups to this invitation.
In addition, the NANO2021 programme issued a joint call for proposals with the Research Programme on Biotechnology for Innovation (BIOTEK2021) and the Programme on Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Neurotechnology (ELSA), offering funding of NOK 12.5 million for research on ethical, legal and social aspects of nanotechnology and biotechnology. A total of ten applications were received in response to the joint call.
Nine proposals seeking to strengthen mathematics research
The Research Council also announced funding of NOK 26 million for measures aimed at strengthening mathematics research in Norway via Research Institution-based Strategic Projects (ISP). The call attached special importance to measures of a national and structural nature that can strengthen national and interdisciplinary cooperation, increase recruitment, promote gender balance and enhance mobility, all of which were highlighted in the 2012 evaluation of research in mathematics as areas in need of focus.
Nine applications were received seeking a total of NOK 52.9 million under the ISP-MATEMATIKK call. “The focus of many of these proposals is on network-building and strengthening cooperation between universities as well as measures to increase the recruitment of women to mathematics research,” states Terje Strand, Senior Adviser of the Research Council’s Department for Medicine, Natural Sciences and Technology.