Monthly Archives: May 2015

Overhead – indirect costs (2)

Roland Jonsson

This is a continuation of the editorial from last week focusing on the new TDI-model (full costs model for all activities). The model consists of both indirect costs and Research Infra-structure Resources (RIR) implemented by UiB and which the institutes now build up their project budgets from.

It is nice that we have received written comments from enthusiastic scientists at our institute.  Two of these are now published as commentaries in this K2 news (after approval and wish by the scientists).   

We also want to emphasize that the TDI model is something presented by the The Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (UHR) in close collaboration by the RCN, NTNU and all other universities in Norway.  The faculties have implemented this model for all project plannings from 01.01.2015.  So we have to live with this for the near future.  

It will be interesting to take part in the coming report from the project ”Forskningsbevilgninger og gavemidler”  Nr. 2014/02.  This report will hopefully soon be available and will certainly represent an overall policy and provide guidelines with basis in rules and regulations. 


Midwayevaluations week 23

Linn Anja Vikøren
Wednesday June 3 at 08:00-09:00
Place: Conference room BB-Building
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Anna Berg
Thursday June 4th. at 09:00-10:00
Place: Conference room 7.1/7.2 7., 7th Floor Laboratory building
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Karen Mauland
Thursday June 4th. at 10:00-11:00
Place: Conference room 7.1/7.2 7., 7th Floor Laboratory building
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Mari Kyllesø Halle
Thursday June 4th. at 11:00-12:00
Place: Conference room 7.1/7.2 7., 7th Floor Laboratory building
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Sahba Shafiee
Thursday June 4th. at 13:45-14:45
Place: Conference room 7.1/7.2 7., 7th Floor Laboratory building
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Overhead – indirect costs

Roland Jonsson

Overhead – Indirect costs
The Devil is known by many names, and so are these concepts that scientists often don’t like, but still have to deal with. Why do I
adress this in an editorial in K2Nytt? Well, because this is a very
significant part of the department’s finances, that we are so utterly
dependent on.
But what do these terms mean? The University of Bergen has implemented the TDI model (total direct and indirect costs) that we are now budgeting for projects based on. This model consists of both indirect costs (overhead) and direct costs like research infrastructure. As of today, the indirect costs of a scientific FTE is 413.000 NOK and for a technical / administrative FTE it is 114.000 NOK. The indirect costs are the costs of infrastructure such as offices and common areas, services like the library, IT, administrative and financial management, safety, training, legal assistance, documentation and so forth. The direct costs are another component of the total cost model (TDI). This is composed of investment and depreciation of instruments, service contracts, general laboratory costs, including rent and technical support – called the research infra-structure resource cost (RIR). The Department of Clinical Science has calculated the RIR-cost for 2015 to be 95.000 NOK per FTE. The RIR-cost include technical support to get laboratories ready, laboratory costs like gloves, gas, pipette tips, etc. – the common infrastructure costs. The Department of Clinical Science is currently the department with the largest portfolio of externally financed projects on MOF. The NFR and EU/H2020 projects are exemplary in the way that they contribute overhead funds that cover the costs the department incurs to be able to operate the project. But what happens when indirect costs are not part of the grant for the projects? Who must then pay? Well, then it will be the Department in collaboration with the Faculty that takes the costs. In this way the Department’s economy is continuously weakened whenever a project with zero overhead is accepted. What can we do about this? Do we have to refuse projects that do not include overhead? How long will it take to get a new “culture” – changing the attitudes of contributors? How do we achieve it? These questions concern us all together!


FORNY2020 / BIOTEK2021 – Application deadline

It is now possible to apply for FORNY verification funds and BIOTEK optimization funds. See attached information documents. Scientists with relevant projects must contact the BTO as soon as possible, before May 29, for initial project discussions.

 BIOTEK2021                                                                                                             FORNY2020                                          


Public defence Week 22

Bente FriskBente Frisk will have her public defence on Tuesday May 26, 2015
Trial lecture: Tuesday may 26, 2015, kl.09.15
Topic: ”The current status of rehabilitation of chronic obstructive  pulmonary disease”
Place: Auditorium 1, Bygg for biologiske basalfag, Jonas Lies vei 91
Public defence: Tuesday may  26, 2015, kl.11.15
Place: Auditorium 1, Bygg for biologiske basalfag, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation: “Exercise capacity and breathing pattern in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Predictors and longitudinal changes”
1st opponent  Professor Rik Gosselink, Studentenbeleid-Rectoraat, Leuven, Belgium
2nd opponent Professor Pierantonio Laveneziana, Sorbonne Universités, Paris, France

Press release

Dutyhours for UiB fellows

Per BakkeAs you know PhD candidates financed by the University of Bergen has a fourth year in which duty work for the university can be required. This work is currently managed by the institute and not by the individual supervisor. Information about the required duty work is sent to all candidates and supervisors before the PhD period starts. Candidates can be given tasks like K2Nytt editing, web editing, and teaching. The institute has received questions like “what if the department does not have any available work?” In that case it is accepted that the student and supervisor come to agreement about suitable tasks. A survey made by Kristian Jensen shows that many UiB fellows use part of their duty work time to teach. This is particularly true when it comes to medical PhD fellows. This is certainly accepted.