Proposal for a new funding scheme for e-infrastructure
A working group appointed by NTNU, UiB, UiO and UiT has proposed a new model for the future funding of Norwegian e-infrastructure.
The University of Bergen, The University of Oslo, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology and UiT The Arctic University of Norway appointed in the autumn of 2018 a working group to develop a new model for funding Norwegian e-infrastructure (high-performance computing and data storage facilities as well as advanced user support) for research in order to be able to meet the ever increasing demand for e-infrastructure services.
The group has now released a draft report for which they seek input from the community. The report makes several recommendations:
- Norway should aim to have e-infrastructure services on level with the best of a set of international reference countries.
- The level of base funding for e-infrastructure services should be increased significantly, by as much as 130-190 MNOK annually.
- The four universities and the Research Council of Norway should significantly increase their contribution to the base funding of the e-infrastructure services.
- A wider range of research and higher-education institutions should contribute to the base funding of the e-infrastructure services.
- A more trans-disciplinary funding must be put in place for e-infrastructure services as they are used by an ever increasing number of research domains.
The members of the working group have been:
- Camilla Brekke (UiT)
- Gunnar Bøe (Sigma2)
- Knut Børve (UiB)
- Morten Dæhlen (UiO)
- Hans Eide (Sigma2)
- Inge Jonassen (UiB)
- Kirsti Klette (UiO)
- Terese Løvås (NTNU)
- Kenneth Ruud (UiT, Chair)
- Torbjørn Svendsen (NTNU)
Ulrike Jaekel from the Research Council of Norway has been the secretariat for the working group.