–December has been an intense month with many funding agencies publishing the results of their 2020 calls. With these results, we have very good reasons to be happy”, says Carlos das Neves, Director for Research and Internationalisation at NVI.
–We are seeing a wide range of topics being funded by different agencies such as the Research Council of Norway, Nordforsk, Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF) or even the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). This attests well to the broad scope of the topics we work with at NVI, and the national/international relevance of these. The topics are all aimed at the core of the role of our Institute, continues das Neves.
Among the new projects NVI will lead is a project on toxic microalgae in Norwegian waters, a topic which relevance was made way to clear during last year’s algæ bloom in northern Norway. A new project in azole resistance will highlight that not only bacteria may lead to resistance problems of global relevance. A new project on infectious salmon anemia funded by FHF is also a good example on how to continue to work with the industry in trying to understand a disease that is a challenge and hinder to achieving a more sustainable aquaculture in Norway.
–We have also reasons to be happy with our Horizon 2020 portfolio, as we embark on a new COVID19 project under the EJP One Health consortia (of which NVI has been a member since 2018). In addition a newly financed international consortia that will be focusing on data-driven control and prioritisation of non-EU-regulated contagious animal diseases, says das Neves.
NVI is also part of two newly funded NORAD projects under the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development. These will focus on strengthening education on aquaculture and fish health in West Africa and implementing the One Health approach in Ethiopia and Malawi.
More information about the individual projects will be published on the NVI website in 2021.