For the first time, NordForsk has begun funding projects under its Programme for Interdisciplinary Research. With a total budget of roughly NOK 176 million, the programme spans a wide range of research topics, from narwhal tusks to smart textiles to historical perspectives on pandemics.
To understand the history of human activity recorded in these deposits we need to know exactly when the dust was deposited, and what the past climate and environment was like. Dating the dust and the tools is at the heart of this project.
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.