UT researchers receive funding from the Norwegian-Estonian Research Cooperation Programme
The Estonian Research Council approved decisions on assigning grants from the Norwegian-Estonian Research Cooperation Programme. A total of 13 projects with the volume of 2.9 million euros will be funded. Eight projects led by researchers from the University of Tartu also received a grant of more than 1.7 million euros.
The largest grant of 300,000 euros was awarded to researcher Leho Tedersoo from the University of Tartu Botanical and Mycological Museum. The aim of the funded project, titled “Determining Arctic mycoflora using the means of biodiversity informatics”, is to map Arctic fungal communities and study the impact of further global warming in active cooperation with Norwegian colleagues.
“The additional funding will mostly be spent on the newest and most expensive new-generation DNA sequencing methods and large bioinformatical data analysis of metagenomic data,” Tedersoo said. According to the researcher, the project allows carrying out wide-scale field studies from Estonia to Northern Scandinavia and in Svalbard, as well as organising student-researcher exchange. “The project will surely increase the already close cooperation with Norwegian research institutions. The exchange of research staff will develop both the theoretical and analytical potential of all the working groups involved in the project.”
The funded University of Tartu projects include four projects from the research area of culture and society, two from environment and biosciences, one from physical sciences and engineering and one project from the area of health. Each project has at least one partner from Norway.
The competition received 170 applications totalling to 48.2 million euros. The overall purpose of the Norwegian-Estonian Research Cooperation Programme is to support research and development activities in Estonia through research cooperation.