Major Nordic venture for research and innovation

On June 12th, participants in the Nordic Top-level Research Initiative took part in a kick-off seminar at the premises of Nordic Energy Research, Nordic Innovations Centre and NordForsk in Stensberggata 25 in Oslo. The seminar indicates the start of the Top-level Research Initiative. The Nordic Council of Ministers and its three Nordic institutions Nordic Energy Research, Nordic Innocations Centre and NordForsk are now ready to start up the Top-level Research Initiative. With a budget of DKK 384,8 million, the initiative represents a major Nordic venture for climate, energy and the environment.
Rolf Annerberg, Chair of the Management Board, emphasizes the potential for a significant Nordic collaboration within this sector. – This is the largest Nordic programme within research and innovation ever. There are enormous possibilities for research within these areas, and this is definitely something we must cooperate to achieve, he states.

As the leading body of the Top-level Research Initiative, the Management Board is responsible for the programme in its entirety. The project funding is divided into six thematic sub-programmes:

• Effect studies and adaptation to climate change
• Climate changes’ interaction with the cryosphere
• Integration of large-scale wind power
• Sustainable biofuels
• Nanotechnology and energy efficiency
• Carbon capture and storage

For each programme area, there is a programme committee in charge of calls, grants and the follow-up of research- and innovation projects. The programme committees will announce their calls consecutively during 2009.

For more information about the Top-level Research Initiative, se the programme‘s webside

Photoes by Terje Heiestad.
- Rolf Annerberg, Chair of the Top-level Research Initiative‘s Management Board.
- Elisabet Gustad, acting Director of NordForsk, Ivar H. Kristensen, Managing Director of Nordic Innovations Centre, and Birte Holst Jørgensen, Director of Nordic Energy Research.

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