New call for proposals: NOK 10 million for Nordic neutron science

New call for proposals: NOK 10 million for Nordic neutron science

The Joint Nordic Neutron Science Programme focuses on competence-building in the field of neutron science. The programme is now issuing its first call for proposals, “Capacity-building projects”, under which a total of NOK 10 million is available for allocation to Nordic researchers. The application deadline is 3 February 2016.

Denmark, Norway and Sweden are funding the new neutron research programme together with NordForsk, with a common pot of roughly NOK 50 million over the next five years. One of the programme’s tasks is to expand the user group so that researchers in subject areas other than physics can build up a high level of competency and be prepared to take advantage of the European Spallation Source (ESS). 

Given that several Nordic countries are investing very heavily in the ESS, it makes sense to ensure that researchers are prepared to use the facility when it opens. With this in mind, the programme seeks to raise the competency level among younger researchers and new user groups in particular.  

New call: “Capacity-building projects 

Senior Adviser Unni Rørslett of the Joint Nordic Neutron Science Programme explains: “The objective of the programme is to ensure that as many Nordic researchers as possible are trained to use the ESS for research purposesTherefore, the Programme Committee wants to make it attractive for both existing and new user groups to utilise neutron techniques in their research activitiesConsequently, this call for proposals focuses on creating synergies in the field of neutron research by giving Nordic researchers the opportunity to coordinate their activities better, both when it comes to researcher training and to network-building.   

Under this call, applicants may seek a maximum of NOK 10 million in funding over a five-year period. The formal applicant must be employed at a research institution in one of the three countries participating in the programme and the project must involve cooperation between at least three Nordic countriesThe latter is fundamental, as the objective of NordForsk is to facilitate Nordic cooperation and enhance the quality of Nordic research.  

The application deadline is 3 February 2016, 14.00 CET 

The complete call for proposals may be accessed via the NordForsk Call and Application Portal 

More information about the programme is available on the programme webpage.

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