Now Uni Research has basic funding

A long desired confirmation from The Norwegian Research Council: Uni Research now has basic funding. - Historic boost for the company, managing director Aina Berg says.

By Andreas R. Graven

Managing director Aina Berg, Uni Research. (Photograph: Helge Skodvin)

Since Berg submitted the application for basic funding on 2 December 2013, one year and two months has passed.

Now the reward for all the hard work is a grant of nearly 17 million NOK in basic funding. This grant will be distributed to five of the six company departments.

Uni Research Rokkansenteret is already in the scheme, which means that now the whole company receive state basic funding.

Uni Research is included in the basic financial funding for all formal and practical purposes, the research council states in a letter dated 26 January.

- It feels very good to have this confirmation in hand. We have worked so hard and we have had quite a few brilliant players out there helping us. Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise, Hordaland, UiB-rector Dag Rune Olsen, local politicians with Trude Drevland as spearhead and the Hordaland bench really have put at large effort into this. I would like to thank everyone who have helped us along the way, Berg says.

The Norwegian Research Council states that the 16,928 million NOK of basic funding for 2015 is given to Uni Research as a single sum, but is assumed distributed as follows:

Uni Research CIPR and Uni Research Computing receive 3.684 million. Uni Research Climate and Uni Research Environment awarded 8.464 million. Uni Research Health 4.78 million.

Since 2011 Uni Research Rokkansenteret has received the same kind of basic grant. For 2015 this departments grant is estimated to 4.7 million.

In addition to increased scientific quality, basic funding provides entirely new opportunities to drive forward strategic initiatives, and think long term for all company departments, Aina Berg says.

- Now we are stronger in the competition for research funding, we will have greater visibility and access networks and tools we’ve not had before, she says.

Jan. 27, 2015, 9:15 a.m.

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