RCN awards research infrastructure projects

The Research Council of Norway (RCN) recently awarded 22 new applications for research infrastructure. A total of NOK 1.4 billion will be allocated to the new projects

E-INFRA 2020 – A National e-infrastructure for Science, Sigma2’s application for an extension of the national e-infrastructure for high-performance computing, data storage and related services was among the awarded. The upgrades applied for are central to Norway as an internationally competitive research nation, for public administration and increasingly also for the business and innovation community.

Sigma2 originally applied for an amount of NOK 408.9 million, but this will be significantly reduced due to our recent new agreement on increased levels of basic funding.The new agreement not only implies increased funding but importantly, it will mean less dependence on funding from competitive calls and thereby increased predictability for NRIS (Norwegian research infrastructure services) as a whole.

We are also a partner of the Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Cloud’s application, together with UiO, SIMULA, NORCE, UiB, UiA, SINTEF AS, Sigma2, NTNU and UiT. This is an e-infrastructure that will ensure that Norwegian research, education, and innovation actors in many disciplines will have access to the necessary expertise and e-infrastructure for artificial intelligence (AI).

The Research Council regularly awards funding for research infrastructure to strengthen the infrastructure that research and innovation environments across the country can use. See the complete list of funded projects in this round.