Kay Gastinger, Head of NorFab.

NorFab II to receive 90 million NOK from The Research Council of Norway
July 3, 2015

The RCN will be allocating nearly NOK 1.3 billion for research facilities, laboratories, scientific equipment and databases. Twenty-nine research-related infrastructure projects have been approved.

Over half the total sum to be invested, roughly NOK 700 million, will go to research facilities of particular relevance for industry-oriented research. Norwegian Micro- and Nanofabrication Facility II will receive 90 million for continued operations and funding of laboratory equipment over the next 5 years.

This year’s allocation is the fourth such investment under the National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure. The objective of the initiative is to provide funding for research infrastructure of national importance. This refers to infrastructure components that:

• are of widespread national interest;
• will lay a foundation for internationally cutting-edge research;
• will be available in only one or a few locations in Norway (as a general rule);
• will be made accessible to relevant researchers and industries.

Head of NorFab, Kay Gastinger, says that they are very satisfied to receive funding for one of the largest national research infrastructure projects in Norway ever. “We are also satisfied that our project receives funding for a second project period. The planned investments in state-of-the-art equipment are essential to keep our infrastructure on an international top level. The Research Council of Norway also recognises that we need long-term operational funding for our cost-intensive infrastructures. We will also in the next project period continue to build NorFab as a robust and competent backbone for research and innovation based on micro-/nanotechnology in Norway”, he concludes.