The Nordic Centre of Excellence (NCoEs) Programmes, a joint effort of the Nordic countries, are designed to enhance the standard, quality, effectiveness and international visibility of Nordic research. The programmes are funded by the Nordic Research Councils, the Nordic Council of Ministers and NordForsk. The Academy of Finland is one of the national funding agencies.
The Nordic Centres of Excellence are selected for five years on a competitive basis. The most important selection criterion is leading-edge research of a high international standard. The following NCoEs were launched in 2013:
- NeGI (Nordic eScience Globalisation Initiative)NCoEs within eScience in Climate and Environmental Research
- NcoE Education for Tomorrow
Besides Finland, Norway and Sweden also take part in the NeGI Programme (2011‒2017). Denmark and Iceland are involved as observers. The Academy has been involved ever since programme planning. The programme is based on the Nordic eScience action plan proposed by the Nordic eScience Initiative (eNORIA) for the implementation of the Nordic eScience strategy. The programme provides research funding for thematic areas, graduate schools and promotion of training in the field. The funding comes from NordForsk, the member countries and the Nordic Councils of Ministers. The Academy’s funding contribution amounts to EUR 2 million.
The Education Tomorrow Programme involves all five Nordic countries. The programme provides funding for five research projects and one NCoE. The programme also involves a research project on school meals, funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Academy’s funding contribution comes to EUR 1.3 million.
Five NCoE Programmes have already been completed:
- NCoE Programme on Food, Nutrition and Health
- NCoE Programme on Humanities and Social Sciences
- NCoE Programme on Welfare Research
- NCoE Programme on Global Change
- NCoE Programme on Molecular Medicine
The NCoE Programme on Welfare Research and the NCoE Programme on Food, Nutrition and Health were evaluated in 2013.
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