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Opportunities in research

Since its establishment in 2006, the NOCC program has facilitated transatlantic exchanges between students, postdocs and faculty as well as collaborative research programs through a variety of funding mechanisms.

The NOCC program supports any research but priority will given to areas that are of significance to the strategic priorities of the UiO, NMBU and UM. Priority areas include:

  • Robotics & advanced manufacturing
  • Solutions to environmental challenges
  • Food safety & security (incl. agriculture, aquaculture)
  • Discoveries and treatments for brain conditions
  • Sustainable energy systems
  • Bio-economy and bio-manufacturing
  • Informatics & computation in biomedical research (Big Data)
  • Global and One-Health
  • Innovation in teaching and learning
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Life science for health and innovation

Current opportunities

Solicitation for Transatlantic Research Proposals

Several 2-year project research grants will be funded through the NOCC program for transatlantic research projects involving teams from Norway (NMBU, UiO) and Minnesota (UM) in the areas that of significance to the strategic priorities of the UiO, NMBU and UM listed above. A major goal of the project grants is the initiation of innovative and potentially transformative transatlantic collaborations where the partners from the different institutions each contribute complementary expertise critical to the success of the proposed project. The NOCC program expects that the project grants will be used by the teams to obtain additional funding to continue and expand the transatlantic collaborations. Submission deadline for proposals is February 1, 2016. Projects may start as early as March 1, 2016. Involvement of Ph.D. students in the project is very strongly encouraged.

Norwegian Centennial Travel Fellowships for Ph.D. students and Postdocs

Travel fellowships of up to $5,000 will be available to graduate students and postdocs to cover some costs associated with transatlantic travel (Norway (NMBU, UiO) and Minnesota (UM) for research purposes. Priority will be given for travel that promotes existing collaboration or could lead to new interactions between research groups. Applications will be accepted at any time.

Proposals for the development of Transatlantic Workshops

Transatlantic workshops are intended to facilitate new collaborations in research between the three universities. Further, in anticipation of a new call for larger, transatlantic research grant proposals in 2015, these workshops could serve as a platform to develop ideas for proposals for new collaborative research programs. Proposals will be accepted starting March 15, 2015 and reviewed on a rolling basis until available funding has been exhausted.