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The Toppforsk-programme

Bergen Research Foundation and the University of Bergen aim to create more world leading research groups in Bergen. Now, five international elite researchers have been recruited for a five year period.

Producing world leading research environments in Norway is one of the most important areas in the Norwegian Government’s long-term plan for research and higher education 2015–2024. This is also the ambition of the University of Bergen (UiB) strategy for 2016–2022 – “Ocean, Life, Society”.

Bergen Research Foundation (BFS), the Norwegian Government and UiB are funding five international elite researchers to the amount of 137 million NOK (approximately 15 mill EUR) via the UiB and BFS Toppforsk programme.

The idea behind the UiB and BFS Toppforsk programme is to create more world leading research groups at UiB and in Bergen, in line with the government’s bold ambitions for future Norwegian research.

The UiB and BFS Toppforsk programme will support the University of Bergen’s ability to offer international elite researchers a package deal for a five-year period, which includes positions for members of their own research groups and investment in state of the art infrastructure.

The five researchers UiB has been able to recruit thanks to the UiB and BFS Toppforsk programme are:

  • Stefan Kölsch
  • Michael Fellows
  • Valeriya Lyssenko
  • Michael Baumgartner
  • Don Kalb