25 proposed Centres of Excellence from UiB
25 of the leading academic environments at the University of Bergen (UiB) have applied to the Norwegian Centres of Excellence scheme (SFF).
The SFF scheme is the Research Council of Norway's ultimate tool for promoting quality in research. The funding facilitates the academic environments at the centres to deliver long-term research at a high international level for up to 10 years.
UiB started a process for long-term planning of new SFF initiatives in 2018. The process is led by Rector Margareth Hagen, together with the deans from all faculties and the Sars Centre’s leadership.
“Attaining more Centres of Excellence is important to us. The SFF scheme promotes free and groundbreaking research, and SFF status will increase the long-term nature of the research and raise the quality further”, says Hagen.
Director Benedicte Løseth, Division for Research and Innovation, emphasizes that the applications come from six of the university's seven faculties:
“Both the breadth of disciplines and the large proportion of female center leaders are uplifting for the university”, says Løseth.
The results from the first round of evaluation, deciding which applicants will advance to the next round, will be announced in the spring of 2021.
The 25 competitors from UiB are: