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Forskningsmeldingen 2013: Long Term Funding Plans and Tenure Track

UiO-forskning-multipipette-smallThis month, the Norwegian government released the Research report (Forskningsmeldingen) for 2013. Long term plans for funding and tenure track positions are some of the changes to improve research quality in Norway.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg says that the funding for research will continue to increase in the years to come. The first long-term plan will be presented in 2014. It will include priorities for research and higher education, and provide guidelines for investment in a ten-year perspective.

In a press release, principal at the University of Oslo, Ole Petter Ottersen says that this is what the whole sector wanted. "Sustainability is extremely important, although ambitions still need to be implemented through the annual budgets. To build strong and stable communities, it is important to support researchers who are already successful", Ottersen continues.

The government says in the report that it will help institutions that do basic research to acquire private funding through a gift supplement programme.

Another important measure will be a trial arrangement for tenure track positions for young researchers in mathematics and natural sciences, technology, medicine and dentistry. Associate Professor Linda Bergersen (Inst of Oral Biology and Dept of Anatomy, UiO) is positive to the plan for tenure positions: "Tenure track provides greater predictability for talented researchers so that they get the opportunity to realize their own research ideas beyond programme research. Perhaps with this scheme, we can keep the best minds in academic research", Bergersen says.

Sources:

http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/kd/Selected-topics/research/ny-forskningsmelding-2013.html?id=671925

http://www.uio.no/om/aktuelt/pressemeldinger/2013/meldin.html

 

Top photo: UiO/Francesco Saggio

 

By Johanne Egge Rinholm for Nansen Neuroscience Network