NordForsk welcomes the recent statement on gender equality in academia made by the Young Academies of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Estonia and Lithuania. The purpose of the joint statement is to identify initiatives and strategies that may improve gender equality in academia.
Open Science and Open Access have become buzzwords we are hearing often these days. Fittingly, the value of Nordic and international cooperation in this field was discussed at the major NeIC 2019 conference Nordic Infrastructure for Open Science, held recently in Copenhagen. In connection with the conference, one of the pioneers of Nordic cooperation stated in an interview with NordForsk that Open Science makes the world a fairer place, where it is no longer just the wealthy who benefit from research.
NordForsk, Academy of Finland, Forte, Research Council of Norway, Innovation Fund Denmark, the Estonian Research Council, Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia and UK Economic and Social Research Council, are collaborating to fund research in the field of digitalisation of the Public Sector. Up to ten research projects with a budget of maximum EURO 1 million each will be funded. Tentatively, a call for proposals will be issued in the autumn of 2019.
NordForsk is issuing a call under the Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Higher Education and Research, and encourages research projects with partners in Greenland to apply for funding with an additional fund. The call has a budget of approximately NOK 2 million and the deadline is 17 October 2019.
NordForsk’s new programme will promote high-quality interdisciplinary research that combines and integrate skills from multiple disciplines. The first call for proposals under the Nordic Programme for Interdisciplinary Research has a budget of NOK 120 million and the deadline for submissions is 13 November 2019.
The Nordic countries have cooperated closely on societal security for several decades. In recent years, this tradition has been supplemented by several political initiatives across national borders. In 2016, it was allocated funding to four projects under the Nordic Societal Security Programme’s call for proposals on society, integrity and cyber-security. Recently, they met in The Hague to exchange experiences and lessons learned so far.