NordForsk invests in biobank and registry research

NordForsk invests in biobank and registry research

NordForsk has approved funding for the network projects Nordic Biobank Network and Making Nordic health data visible. Both projects are to receive roughly NOK 500 000 over the next two years.

Developing and improving research infrastructures creates added value in the Nordic countries because registries, biobanks and many other types of equipment are costly investments that require highly specialised expertise to use. There is much to be gained from pooling investments among the Nordic countries, which is why research infrastructure is an obvious priority area for NordForsk.


Making Nordic health data visible

The Nordic countries have long been collecting high-quality health-related data of great value to the health care sector and the social sciences. It would be beneficial for Nordic research as a whole to facilitate easier access to existing resources across national borders. With this in mind, the national data archives of the Nordic countries applied to NordForsk for funding for efforts in precisely this area, and a grant of NOK 490 000 has now been awarded for the period 2014‒2016.

The objective is to develop common practices for storing and disseminating health-related data across national borders. The project will develop a portal for Nordic health data for research purposes in order to take advantage of synergies between the Nordic countries. This will also enhance the visibility of Nordic research in a European context.

The project leader is Dag Kiberg of the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD).


Nordic Biobank Network

The Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI) is a priority project on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap. The object of the Nordic biobank network is to share knowledge and harmonise processes across the Nordic countries so that systematised collections of biological material can be made accessible for research purposes.

The Nordic Biobank Network (formerly BBMRI Nordic), established in 2010, has now received NOK 500 000 from NordForsk to continue its activities for the period 2014‒2016.

The project leader is Professor Kristian Hveem of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

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