Three new Nordic Centres of Excellence to focus on the bioeconomy
Each centre will receive approximately NOK 30 million in Nordic funding.
The three Nordic Centres of Excellence to receive funding are:
- Nordic Centre for Sustainable and Resilient Aquatic Production (SUREAQUA). Project leader: Fiona Provan, International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS)
- Towards Versatility of Aquatic Production Platforms: Unlocking the Value of Nordic Bioresources (NordAqua). Project leader: Eva-Mari Aro, University of Turku.
- An Integrating Nexus of Land and Water Management for a Sustainable Nordic Bioeconomy (BIOWATER). Project leader: Per Stålnacke, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO).
The call was a two-stage process. After an assessment by international experts, 10 pre-proposals were invited to submit full proposals. An international expert panel assessed the 10 proposals based on their scientific quality, and the Programme Committee made strategic priorities aiming to fulfil the objectives of the programme and the potential for Nordic added value. Against this background, the NordForsk Board decided to award funding to the above NCoEs.
Nordic Bioeconomy Programme
The Nordic bioeconomy programme aims to generate new knowledge on how to foster and advance the transition to a bioeconomy-based society in the Nordic countries.
The programme is funded by the Academy of Finland, The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS), the Research Council of Norway, the Icelandic Centre for Research – Rannís, and NordForsk.