Research scientists affiliated with the University of Iceland received all of the six grants of excellence that were allocated by the Board of The Icelandic Research Fund for the financial year 2022. The announcement was made last Friday. Research scientists at the University of Iceland and affiliated institutes received 58 grants from the fund this year.
Six Grants of Excellence were allocated this year; all of them to research scientists affilated with the University of Iceland:
- Sunna Kristín Símonardóttir, Guðbjörg Andrea Jónsdóttir, Ari Klængur Jónsson and Ásdís Aðalbjörg Arnalds, School of Social Scences, for "Fertility intentions and behaviour in Iceland: The role of policies and parenting culture."
- Viggó Þór Marteinsson,MATÍS and professor at the Facutly of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Iceland, for „IceGut: Icelandic Diet and the Infant Gut Microbiome Development“.
- Eniko Bali, Halldór Geirsson and Sæmundur Ari Halldórsson, at the Facutly of Earth Sciences and the University's Science Institut for „Magma dynamics of the Reykjanes Peninsula - Integrated Geochemical and Geophysical Investigation of the 2021 Fagradalsfjall eruption“.
- Vilmundur G. Guðnason, Icelandic Heart Association and Professor at the Facutly of Medicine for "Risk assessment of Plaque Vulnerability“.
- Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir and James G. Clark, School of Humanites for "Between man and nature: The Making of Benedictine Communities in Medieval Iceland“.
- Lárus Thorlacius, Valentina Giangreco M. Puletti, Friðrik Freyr Gautason and Zhao-He Watse Sybesma, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences and the University's Science Institute for "Quantum Fields and Quantum Geometry“.
The Icelandic Research Fund is the leading competitive research fund in Iceland. The fund grants projects in all areas of science, from grants to doctoral students to excellence grants. Grants of excellence are awarded for major projects that excel in their field and have an international connection. Last year, the fund had ISK 3.7 billion; this year, the financial contributions to the fund were increased up to 3.8 billion. A total of 355 valid applications were received by the Research Fund, 82 of which were funded, or just over 23%.
The number of new projects is the same as last year, when it was the largest from the fund's beginning, or 82; but the total amount of allocations this year have never been higher. Grants for new projects amount to ISK 1.4 billion this year, but since the projects are generally for three years, the total cost exceeds ISK 4 billion in the years 2022-2024. In addition to grants for new projects, around ISK 2.3 billion will be paid to projects of previous allocations. The Research Fund will also support the participation of Icelandic parties in internationally funded projects.
The University of Iceland congratualtes all grantees.