Eight UiB projects receive FRIPRO funding

Eleven Bergen-based research projects are to receive funding through the Research Council of Norway’s FRIPRO scheme. Eight of these projects are at the University of Bergen.

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SUPPORTING BASIC RESEARCH: The FRIPRO funding scheme is designed to support broad-based, independent basic research, with the aim to ensure the creation of knowledge in the face of future challenges for Norwegian industry and society in an ever more competitive world.

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The FRIPRO funding scheme provides funding for independent projects in an open national competitive arena on the basis of scientific merit. It is designed to promote research of high scientific quality independent of research area and discipline.

In particular the Research Council of Norway want to promote young and innovative researchers. The FRIPRO funding scheme has an important role to play in strengthening Norway’s national knowledge base.

In all, the Research Council of Norway awards NOK 607 million to 103 projects all over Norway. This is an increase of more than 35 per cent since 2013, when NOK 455 million were awarded through the FRIPRO funding scheme.

Eight of the research projects that are to receive funding for 2014 are at the University of Bergen (UiB). Three other Bergen-based projects also are to receive funding: two projects at the UiB affiliated Nansen Center and one project at Uni Research. Yet, Pro-Rector Anne Lise Fimreite is not completely satisfied, believing that there should have been an even bigger allocation to UiB within the funding scheme.

“Being a comprehensive university, we are interested in the allotted sum being as big as possible. Access to independent, basic research funding is essential for our researchers. In particular the parts of our activities that cannot easily apply for the applied research funding schemes of the Research Council of Norway, the European Research Council  or elsewhere,” says Fimreite to UiB’s internal newspaper På Høyden.

The FRIPRO funding scheme is allocated between three categories: Medicine, Health and Biology (FRIMEDBIO), Mathematics and Physical Science (FRINATEK), and Humanities and Social Sciences (FRIHUMSAM). In the 2014 allocation, the split is NOK 246 million for FRIMEDBIO, NOK 211 million for FRINATEK, and NOK 150 million for FRIHUMSAM.


The UiB projects to receive FRIPRO funding in 2014:


Novel Experimental Therapy Targeting Aggressive NG2+ cells in Human Brain Tumours: role of NK cell KIR-HLA ligand interactions in efficacy, at the Department of Biomedicine.


Subduction zone Water and Metamorphism: a Modelling and Imaging Study, at the Department of Earth Science.

Diagnostics with two-particle correlations, at the Department of Physics and Technology.

Atmospheric jet variability: linking STRucture, Evolution and Mechanisms, at the Geophysical Institute.

Paleotopography, Late Neogene and Quaternary glaciations, and landscape evolution in the Norwegian region, at the Department of Earth Science.


Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRR) Lawfare: Global battles over sexual and reproductive rights, driving forces and impacts, at the Department of Comparative Politics.

Indian cosmopolitan alternatives: Ritual intersections and the proscription of religious Offense, at the Department of Social Anthropology.

Naturalisation, ontology, comparisons: the Norwegian Anthropological Association’s annual conference 2014, organised by UiB’s Department of Social Anthropology.

(Translated from the Norwegian by Sverre Ole Drønen.)