In the autumn of 2006, NordForsk opened a call within the Nordic Centre of Excellence (NCoE) Programme on Food, Nutrition and Health. The programme was launched as a start of a joint effort to enhance the scientific quality and international visibility of Nordic research within the field.
Co-funded by NordForsk and national research councils, the NCoE Food, Nutrition and Health will run from 2007 through to 2011. The Academy of Finland is one of the participating organisations. Total annual funding will amount to a maximum of NOK 18 million (approx. €2.3 million), from which three virtual networks of Centres of Excellence will be granted five-year funding.
NCoEs selected to the programme:
HELGA: Nordic Health – Wholegrain Food
Coordinated by Anne Tjønneland, Danish Cancer Society
SYSDIET: Systems biology in controlled dietary interventions and cohort studies
Coordinated by Matti Uusitupa, University of Kuopio
MitoHealth: Centre for Bioactive Food Components and Prevention of Lifestyle Diseases
Coordinated by Rolf Kristian Berge, University of Bergen
The main objective of the NCoE Programme is to create Nordic strength by promoting scientific excellence and enhancing intra-Nordic research collaboration, cooperation and researcher mobility. A Nordic Centre of Excellence is a well-structured and well-managed network of existing research teams from at least three different Nordic countries forming a virtual centre of joint objectives.
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