Norwegian excellence

Eight new leading research groups in Norway have been designated as Centres of Excellence (CoE). The new CoEs will receive a total of NOK 800 million over a ten-year period to conduct research of a high international standard.
The new CoEs were selected after fierce competition among 26 finalists: “This is an important measure for enhancing the quality of Norwegian research – and for elevating Norway as a nation committed to knowledge development,” explains Arvid Hallén, director general of the Research Council of Norway. “Competition for the funds just allocated has been tough. The 26 finalists were all of a very high calibre,” he says. In total, there were 98 applicants.

Only institutions conducting scientific work at the highest international level are awarded status as CoEs. The CoE scheme was established in 2003. “I would say that the CoE scheme has definitely met our expectations. The centres have helped to change the research landscape in Norway and made Norwegian research even more visible to the international researcher community,” says Hallén.

Read more about the centres at the pages of the Research Council of Norway.