Success for Norwegian-North American mobility grants

Norwegian researchers and research groups are very satisfied with the results of the Leiv Eiriksson mobility program, a grant scheme to strengthen researcher mobility between Norway, the United States and Canada which recently concluded its first five-year period.

Positive results for the Leiv Eiriksson mobility programme.

Positive results for the Leiv Eiriksson mobility programme. (Photo: Photodisc)Researchers very satisfied

The mobility program is targeted towards Norwegian researchers who are interested in conducting research stays in the USA or Canada, as well as towards their U.S. and Canadian counterparts who want to come to Norway to do the same.

To date, five times as many Norwegian as North American researchers have taken part in the program.

In a recent survey, seven of 10 Norwegian researchers who have been in the United States and Canada on a Leiv Eiriksson grant said that their stays led to the publication of scientific manuscripts.

Nine of 10 stays resulted in lasting cooperation between the research groups involved, and 90 percent of the grant recipients said that they could not have carried out their research stay abroad without funding from the program.

Will be continued

“The Leiv Eiriksson program has functioned well,” states Anders Hanneborg, Executive Director for the Division for Science at the Research Council. “We have therefore decided to continue the scheme for another five-year period,” he adds.

The objective of the program is to renew and strengthen Norway’s ties to the research community in North America, and is a follow-up of the “Strategy for Norway’s Scientific and Technological Cooperation with North America” (2004) under the Ministry of Education and Research.

Want more to come from the USA and Canada

Leiv Eiriksson sets eye on the coast of America for the first time. Now the Research Council wants more researchers from the USA and Canada to discover Norway. (Painting: Christian Krogh, 1893)

Leiv Eiriksson sets eye on the coast of America for the first time. Now the Research Council wants more researchers from the USA and Canada to discover Norway. (Painting: Christian Krogh, 1893)

Up to now, 33 researchers from the USA and Canada have received grants for research stays in Norway compared with 169 Norwegian researchers who received funding for stays at North American research institutions. From Norway’s perspective, it would be beneficial to achieve a more balanced exchange.

Doctoral students from the United States also have other funding opportunities for research stays in Norway.

One of these is the Nordic Research Opportunity scheme, a collaborative effort between the Research Council of Norway and the National Science Foundation that was established in 2008.

The first group of U.S. doctoral research fellows are now in place in Norway.

For more information, visit the Research Council of Norway.

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