Nordic Countries Find Funding for All

File Photo To make it easier for scientists from Nordic countries to apply for multinational European Union grants, the Nordic Medical Research Councils and the Nordic Councils of Ministers launched a program in October that aims to encourage more collaboration across Scandinavia. The initiative has a budget of about $1.25 million (US), which will be divided among two to three research networks--the virtual Nordic Centres of Excellence in Molecular Medicine. The money will be given to researc

Martina Habeck
Nov 2, 2003
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To make it easier for scientists from Nordic countries to apply for multinational European Union grants, the Nordic Medical Research Councils and the Nordic Councils of Ministers launched a program in October that aims to encourage more collaboration across Scandinavia.

The initiative has a budget of about $1.25 million (US), which will be divided among two to three research networks--the virtual Nordic Centres of Excellence in Molecular Medicine. The money will be given to research collaborations that involve scientists from at least three Nordic countries; the proposals will be evaluated based on the scientific merits of the individual groups.

"Ultimately, we'll have to compete in the [European research] area anyway, but this is a fine program in the sense that it will give the Nordic countries some kind of kick-start," reckons Poul Henning Jensen at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

As with the 6th Framework Programme, the Nordic...