This week, the decision on who were allowed to move on to the second round of last years Center of Excellence call from the research Council of Norway was announced. It was a disappointing read. None of the initiatives where we were involved, either as applicant or as partner, was on the list. This means that there is a lot of people around who can look forward to a quiet Easter. At UiB there is only four groups who need to cancel their easter vacation: Congratulations to SVT, AKHR, Klinisk institutt 1 and GEO!
This leaves time to start considering other options for getting grants. The next FRIPRO also has its deadline at the end of May. The eye of the needle is as narrow, but those with good ideas should start fiddling with old applications or prepare new. Succesful applications are just as much about describing what you want to do as about how you want to do it. Good consortia reflecting the breadth of expertise needed to reach your goals, with national and inenrational networks and partners, is of utmost importance. An excellent dissemination plan can be crucial. See our internal deadlines further down.
Even though Gunnar Bratbak, Frede Thingstad and their colleagues in the Marine microbiology group didn’t succeed in convincing the expert panel about their excellent plans, the two are represented with excellent communication with a commentary in Nature (advance online) about the importance of marine viruses this week. Congratulations! Also congratulations on level 2 publications to Anders Frugård Opdal and Christian Jørgensen (Global Change Biology) and Anders Hobæk (Ecography), and their coauthors.
More communication: Audrey Geffen has been appointed as Chair of Publications and Communications Group in the International Council for the exploration of the Seas (ICES). Good luck with the appointment, Audrey!
And finally: A brilliant Easter to everyone, whether it will be spent in the mountain or by the sea, in the city or in the countryside, in the lab or at sea, with reading easter crime or writing grant applications!