New Nordic research price?
The Norwegian government proposes to establish a Ludvig Holberg price of research within social sciences and the humanities. The price will be of approx. NOK 5 million.
The government proposes to establish a Holberg fund of NOK 200 million. The first price can be awarded in 2004, 250 years after Holbergs death.
The Holberg price will contribute to increasing the importance of research in social sciences and the humanities. Holberg was, both as a playwright and a researcher within European and Scandinavian history, law and political science, ahead of his time in his international and cross-curricular orientation.
- I would like this price to increase awareness of research within social sciences and the humanities and contribute to increase quality and internationalisation within these areas, says Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, Kristin Clemet. In addition, I would like the price to strengthen the recruitment, in particular within languages. A main objective for the government is to strengthen the longitudinal, basic research and to focus on quality. I hope the Holberg price can contribute to the achieving of this objective, the Minister says.