Nordic eScience Globalisation Initiative (NeGI)
The objective of the NeGI is to help the Nordic region to become a leader in eScience research, thereby realising the strategic value of this for future research and the development of Nordic societies. With top-calibre researchers in this field, the Nordic region already has a strong foundation for eScience research and graduate education.
The NeGI works to improve the conditions for scientific excellence in an international setting by exploiting Nordic added value that emerges from pooling pan-Nordic resources and abilities.
eScience is about developing and applying advanced methods and tools within information and communication technology (ICT) in order to generate new forms of advanced research that complement traditional theory with experimentation. eScience also encompasses global cooperation and facilitating distribution of and/or open access to digital resources and services such as networks, computers, data and instruments in all areas of research.
The NeGI supports Nordic eScience research via three different calls for proposals (issued in 2013, 2014 and 2015) and works towards strategic development of this research area at the Nordic level.
The programme period of the NEGI was 2010‒2015, but research activities launched under the three calls will continue actively through 2018.
In 2008, upon request from the Nordic Ministers for Education and Research (MR-U), the Nordic eScience Initiative (eNORIA) presented the eNORIA Action Plan 1.0. The document set out ten specific activities for eScience and e-infrastructure for the implementation of the Nordic eScience strategy.
Based on this plan, in 2009 the Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Education & Research (EK-U) under the Nordic Council of Ministers proposed a globalisation initiative for eScience at NordForsk, which led to the launch of the NeGI research programme in 2010.
In 2015 the Nordic eScience action plan was updated. This Nordic eScience Action Plan 2.0 details activities for eScience research and e-infrastructure and was drawn up by a group of experts appointed by the Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Education & Research (EK-U).
The NeGI’s research activities include:
- An eScience call for proposals (2013) aimed at finding new solutions to the Grand Challenges. This call led to the establishment of three Nordic Centres of Excellence: two for eScience related to research on climate change and the environment (eSTICC and EmblA) and one for eScience related to health and the social preconditions to health (NIASC). The centres started up activities on 1 January 2014 and are expected to be terminated on 31 December 2018.
- A call for proposals (2014) for eScience tools and techniques, under which three research projects (eSACP, Machu-Picchu and Auq-Pde) were awarded funding. The projects started up in 2015 and are expected to be completed at the end of 2018.
- A call for proposals for graduate education courses in eScience (2015). Five new allocations of up to NOK 600 000 each have been awarded to researchers to develop and conduct Nordic researcher training courses for PhD students. The project period is three years, and the newly developed courses are to be held three times in the period 2016–2018.
A Programme committee comprising the following representatives from the funding partners has designed the NeGI structure:
- Juni Palmgren, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden (chair)
- Roar Skålin, Special Adviser at Research Council of Norway (member)
- Inge Holkmann Olsen, Senior Adviser at Danish Council for Independent Research (observer)
- Pentti Pulkinen, Director of Unit at Academy of Finland (member)
- Ásdís Jónsdóttir, Senior Adviser at Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Iceland, (observer)
- Daniel Holmberg, Senior Adviser at Nordic Council of Ministers (member)
The programme’s overall budget is roughly NOK 110 million for the period 2010‒2015.
In addition, the national research councils of Norway and Sweden, the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation provide funding for the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC) under a memorandum of understanding for the period 2013‒2023.
The distribution of funding in The eScience globalisation initiative. Total funding: 14,8 MEUR.