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Life sciences: Information and input meeting funding of new convergence environments

Do you want to join the application process in 2018/2019 for funding of new interdisciplinary research groups in life sciences? Then you should sign up for one of UiO:Life Science´s meetings in the end of May.

The meetings were held 24, 28 and 30 May.

Download strategy (PDF). Former Director, now chairperson of the board, Finn-Eirik Johansen, who managed the application process for the convergence environments in 2016/2017, will manage the process for 2018/2019 until the new director, Carl Henrik Gørbitz, starts in August.
Meeting agenda:
• The life science initiative at UiO in general
• What we can achieve with a convergence environment?
• Funding that the convergence environments can receive
• A sketch for the application process with evaluation criteria and timeline.
It is possible to ask questions and give feedback on this point.

At present UiO:Life Science finances seven convergence environments – interdisciplinary research groups that work to solve major societal challenges related to health and the environment. The convergence environments have in total 70 full-time equivalents with PhD and postdoctoral positions and NOK 20 million in expenditures over four years from UiO:Life Science –  participating units contributes with significant amounts in addition.

The process is open for input

The process that will result in the funding of 4–6 new convergence environments starts now. As in the first round, we invite you to meetings where we present a sketch of the application process with criteria and deadlines. At this time it is still possible to give feedback before the board of the UiO:Life Sciences approves the process.

Some of the issues the Board has discussed are: how to get stronger participation from the humanities and social sciences in the convergence environment; how much innovation and education should count; gender balance; foundation in the basic units; and last but not least, what meeting places we need to facilitate for researchers to meet each other across disciplines in order to establish new collaborations.

By Norunn K. Torheim
Published May 8, 2018 1:20 PM - Last modified June 19, 2018 11:16 PM