The five Toppforsk researchers are:
The Toppforsk agreement also highlights the long-standing cooperation between the Foundation and UiB, where the Foundation provides funding for excellent young researchers who are in the process of establishing themselves and lead their own research groups. The Toppforsk programme builds on this by bringing internationally established researchers to Bergen.
Cultivating more world-leading research in Norway is one of the top priorities in the government’s long-term plan for research and higher education. A larger proportion of the public funding of institutions involved in research and higher education shall be dedicated to achieving top quality.
Project period: 2015-2021
UiB’s Toppforsk programme builds on the government’s wish to establish more world-leading research communities at Norwegian universities.
The Trond Mohn Foundation (TMS) has contributed NOK 68.5 million in order to ensure that the best researchers choose UiB.
An initial five-year agreement has been entered into with each of the researchers, enabling them to establish a top research team at UiB.
The total budget for the Toppforsk programme, with funding from the government and BFS, is NOK 137 million.
Photo: Jens Helleland Ådnanes. Source: UiB
Professor Don Kalb wants to establish a research group to study the increasing differences that the new capitalism brings in China, countries in the South and in Europe.
Photo: Eivind Senneset. Source: UiB
Publications from the project Frontlines of Values
Professor Stefan Kölsch researches how we assess things and how our brains react when our assessments are wrong.
Photo: Walter Wehus. Source: UiB
Michael Baumgartner came up with the Coincidence Analysis method. Appropriately, chance played a major role in his decision to become a philosopher.
Photo: Jan Von Holleben. Source: UiB