Rheumatoid arthritis (RA, life-time risk around 2%) entails a considerable burden for affected individuals (pain, reduced life-span, reduced function, reduced quality of life), for health-care, and for society (reduced work ability, and treatment costs that currently accounts for almost 10% of the total drug expenditure). Delayed or ineffective treatment leads to joint destruction, co-morbidities, and increased mortality.v
The Nordic Neutron Scattering Program (NNSP) is an initiative launched by NordForsk on preparing the Nordic scientific communities for using the European Spallation Source (ESS), which is under construction in Lund (S). The budget of NNSP is of the order 60 million NOK, of which most will go to employ and train Ph.D. student in cross-national projects within scientific fields and methods relevant in the context of ESS.
The Joint Nordic Neutron Science Programme focuses on competence-building in the field of neutron science. The programme is now issuing its first call for proposals, “Capacity-building projects”, under which a total of NOK 10 million is available for allocation to Nordic researchers. The application deadline is 3 February 2016.
The Nordic research community may have a front row seat when the European Spallation Source (ESS) becomes operational in 2023. But Nordic researchers have to be well prepared in scientific terms if they are to take full advantage of the unique opportunities offered by this nearly DKK 20 billion research infrastructure in Lund. Therefore, NordForsk has launched a Nordic programme for neutron research, with an emphasis on building new competencies.