SFF: Thirty-four centres advance to the final round

In all, 150 applications were submitted in response to the fourth call for proposals under the SFF scheme. The applications were assessed by an international Scientific Selection Committee, composed of generalists whose backgrounds encompass a broad range of subjects. All committee members have extensive experience in high-level international research and in research management.

The Scientific Selection Committee convened to assess the SFF applications. Above: the committee together with the Research Council’s representatives.

The committee convened for a four-day meeting during which the applications were discussed in three subcommittees, in inter-committee meetings and in plenary meetings. At the committee’s final plenary meeting, each subcommittee presented its recommendations on which applications should be invited to advance to phase 2. All three subcommittees had identified a break-point in quality of the applications, and proposed that applications above the break-points should be invited to submit proposals in phase 2. Thirty-four SFF applications were ranked as qualified to advance.

The Research Council’s SFF steering committee has now decided to invite all of the 34 centres to submit a proposal for phase 2. The steering committee comprises selected members of the Research Council’s Executive Board and the four division research boards.

The following centres have been invited to participate in phase 2:

Applications assessed by two subcommittees

Centre for Early Human Behaviour (EHB)
- Homo Sapiens Behavioural Evolution 100–50 000 Years, South Africa
University of Bergen
Centre for Selective Autophagy Research UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Center for Bio-Nano Things for Human Health Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Centre for Fertility and Health Norwegian Institute of Public Health


Subcommittee for humanities and social science 

Social Science Centre for the Advancement of Long-term Environmental Sustainability University of Oslo
Centre for Resilience in Healthcare: Sharing
knowledge – reforming science (SHARE) 
University of Stavanger
ConceptLab University of Oslo
Centre for experimental research on
Fairnes, Inequality, and Rationality
Norwegian School of Economics
Quality in Teaching University of Oslo
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion (RITMO) University of Oslo
Centre of Responsible Evidence Appraisals University of Bergen
Political Authority and Contested Statehood Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
International Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)


Subcommittee for life sciences

Center for Cancer Cell                       Reprogramming  University of Oslo
Norwegian Institute of Cancer Screening
Evidence and Research:
From Science to Improved Patient Care
University of Oslo
Centre for ecosystem studies in the new Arctic Ocean Uit The Arctic University of Norway
Centre of B cell Disorders University of Oslo
Centre for Salmond Genome Evolution and Adaptation (SalGENE) Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Centre for Gut AutoImmune Diseases University of Oslo
Centre for Infectious vector-borne Diseases with an Environmental Reservoir (CIDER) University of Oslo
Developing an integrated open access organ on chip platform for drug discovery Oslo University Hospital
GenoDyn Centre of Genome Dynamics Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Centre for research into age-related neurodegenerative diseases University of Bergen


Subcommittee for mathematics, natural sciences and technology

Porous Media Laboratory                       Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Center for Liow Dissipation Quantum Spintronics Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Centre for Integrated Quantitative Earth System Dynamics University of Bergen
Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Sciences University of Oslo
MaNCreation Centre:
Mankind and Nature inspired rational design of heterogeneous catalysts
University of Oslo
Norwegian Centre for Dark Matter Research University of Oslo
Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics University of Oslo
Centre for Atmospheric Water Studies Norwegian Institute for Air Research
Center for Large-Scale Software Development SINTEF
Ferroic Materials Research Centre –
Next-generation ferroic materials and
novel device concepts
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Center of Multiscale Computational Physiology Simula Research Laboratory


The next step in the application process

The deadline for submitting grant applications for phase 2 is Wednesday, 25 May at 13.00 CEST. The call for proposals has already been published, but may be subject to minor revision up until 13 April, which is the first date it is possible to create an application. Applications will be peer-reviewed by international referees with expertise in the application’s subject field. The applications will be ranked by another international scientific committee before the Research Council’s steering committee takes the final decision on allocations in December.

Information meeting – 8 April

Phase 2 applicants are invited to an information meeting at the Research Council on Friday 8 April, 12.00–15.00. The meeting will discuss centre budgeting, among other things. The meeting will be streamed. 



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