Researchers from North America are co-authors in close to 30 per cent of the Norwegian scientific articles produced in collaboration with international partners. But this figure could be significantly increased. The EU is also seeking to expand collaboration with the US, and Norway is therefore taking steps to promote more cooperation across the Atlantic both directly and by way of EU agencies.
Transatlantic Science Week and research funding opportunities under US federal grant programmes
This year's Transatlantic Science Week kicked off on Monday 27 October in Toronto. The event is an important arena for promoting research cooperation between Norway and the US and Canada, and brings together researchers, research policy-makers and research funding agencies in the aim of increasing and expanding collaboration.
Science Week is being organised for the thirteenth time. This year’s topic is “the Arctic: Societies, Sustainability and Safety".
Important input on transatlantic research cooperation was also given by experts from the US and the EU who visited Oslo recently to provide information about specific opportunities for Norwegian researchers to seek funding under the federal grant programmes in the US. The focus was on application procedures and on what Norwegian institutions need to know in order to guide those applying for grants from these sources. The EU representatives presented some good examples of transatlantic research cooperation seen in a European perspective.
Transatlantic Science Week is being held in the last week of October in Toronto this year. The conference seeks to promote closer cooperation between researchers and knowledge exchange between Canada, Norway and the US.
Want to work with the best
“International networks and collaboration with the best research groups in Europe and North America are essential for Norwegian research. The time is right to see the EU and the US in a unified context,” says Special Adviser Berit Johne, International Contact Point for North America at the Research Council of Norway.
“We know that cooperation with leading US research groups strengthens Norwegian EU applications, just as cooperation with top EU groups gives more clout to our applications for US funding,” states Ms Johne.
Solid foothold in US health research
Health research is the largest arena for Norwegian-US research collaboration, and Norwegian biobanks have received substantial funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study carried out by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health is a good example of this. Per Magnus and Camilla Stoltenberg are heading several projects with funding from the NIH, based on data from the study.
The Programme on Alcohol and Drug Research, the Research Programme on Mental Health and the National Strategic Initiative for Neurosciences Research at the Research Council have established a guarantee funding scheme for researcher activities under joint applications to the NIH (in Norwegian only).