- This is a result of good research traditions at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB). Research groups are not even considered for such an honour without having conducted research at a very high level over a very long period of time, said Hans Fredrik Hoen, rector of UMB.
The Centre of Excellence (CoE) scheme is a national programme under the auspices of the Research Council of Norway. The goal of the scheme is to establish time-limited research centres characterised by focused, long-term research efforts of a high international calibre, and where researcher training is an important aspect.
High scientific quality is the main criterion for the selection of the centres.
«The competition for status as a Centre of Excellence is fierce; 139 research groups submitted applications. Of these, 29 were found to be strong enough to make it to the final decision round. Only 13 passed the final test, after a detailed and time-consuming application process,» according to the Research Council of Norway.
Through long-term basic research on radioactivity, CERAD aims to provide new scientific knowledge and tools for better protection of people and the environment from harmful effects of radiation. The centre’s objective is to provide the scientific basis for impact/risk assessments which underpin management of radiation risks.
The centre was established by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) in partnership with the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA), and collaboration with Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NVH), The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (NMI).
CERAD will be supported by an international network representing highly merited experts in specific fields, with whom UMB and NRPA have established collaboration.
The new CoE centre at UMB is headed by professor Brit Salbu.
Overall, The Research Council of Norway has granted 13 research groups status as Norwegian Centres of Excellence starting in 2013.
The new centres will receive a total of more than NOK 2 billion over a ten-year period to produce world-class research.
It is the third time the Research Council has funded such centres, and UMB has previouly hosted the Aquaculture Protein Centre (APC-COE), which was designated as a CoE in 2003.