Author Archives: ligan4552

Endokrin Medicine receives a significant grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Postdoctoral fellow Grethe Ueland has been awarded an Excellence Emerging Investigator Grant for the project “Autonomous cortisol secretion, a frequent cause of metabolic syndrome?” in strong Nordic competition. Those of us who know Grethe’s achievements over the past few years are not surprised by this recognition. The funding (10 million DKK) provides Grethe with the opportunity to integrate research and clinical endocrinology over the next 5 years.

Researcher Anette Bøe Wolff has also been awarded an Excellence Ascending Investigator Grant to study antibodies against cytokines, as a mechanism for autoimmunity, and thereby establish her own research group. The award is a result of Anette’s skill, perseverance, and enthusiasm in the study of autoimmunity and the role of the protein AIRE (autoimmune regulator), which led to a publication in Nature last fall on dental defects in APS-1 and celiac disease. This grant, too, amounts to 10 million DKK.

Less than three weeks until application deadline for Researcher projects

Up to 202,5 MNOK in total is available through five different themes in our main call for proposals. This includes 16 MNOK to institutions outside Oslo and Young Aspiring Cancer Researchers, as well as 24 MNOK to Genomic testing.

Remember to finish your application and send it before Tuesday 28th of May at 13.00. We look forward to receiving your application!

Developing Competitive ERC Starting and Consolidator Grant Proposals

The competition can be daunting, but to date, 50 ERC grants have been won by researchers at UiB. Find out how to prepare a competitive application with this digital workshop for Starting and Consolidator applicants.

04.06.2024 – 09.00–15.00

This course explains how to convey your research concept in a way that convinces both the ERC panel and your expert evaluators, and maximises your chances of success.

Session 1:  9:00-11:30pm

  • ERC instrument basics
  • Pitching for your ERC panel
  • Selecting your evaluators
  • Presenting your research clearly and convincingly

Session 2: 12:30 – 15:00

  • Designing and implementing your research
  • Writing a competitive B1: extended summary
  • How to write a competitive B2: full proposal

Webinar ERC Synergy Grant

Suitable for: Researchers and EU advisors
Registration deadline: June 7, 2024, at 07:00 AM
Digital: The event will be streamed
When: June 7, at 10:00–11:45 AM

The meeting will be conducted in English.

Do you have an incredibly exciting research idea that is truly groundbreaking, but also need the expertise of one or more other PIs to address the challenge? ERC Synergy Grants could be the solution. Join our webinar on the scheme!

2nd Research Day at the Faculty of Medicine

For the second time, the Research Day shall be an arena where researchers from the Faculty’s five institutes showcase their research, build good collaborations and new alliances. We want to get to know both the established groups and new and young researchers. This years event theme is knowledge valorization at the intersection of climate, environment, and health.

Preliminary program: Here

Participants: this is an internal event, open to all employees at the Faculty of Medicine as well as affiliated PhD candidates and postdocs.

Registration: Påmelding til forskningsdag ved Det medisinske fakultet / Registration for the Research Day at the Faculty of Medicine 2024 ( Deadline 28 May 2024.

K2 Retreat Refreshed

K2 recently hosted its annual retreat on Tuesday, April 30th. In a departure from tradition, this year’s gathering took place at UiB’s newly renovated premises on Nygårdsgaten 5, rather than the usual Solstrand location, prompted by the institute’s current financial situation.

The retreat proved to be highly informative, offering valuable insights for all participants. After a warm welcome from outgoing head of department Pål Njølstad, we delved into the “healthy economy” project, presented by Dean Per Bakke. While K2’s financial health currently faces challenges, there’s optimism for improvement in the near future. On the bright side, K2 continues to excel in research, benefiting from a robust influx of external funding. Importantly, no staff members will face termination. However, the deficit and hiring freeze pose challenges, particularly affecting administrative roles. As of June, the administration team will operate with only 1.5 positions, necessitating teamwork and creativity. Boundaries between subject areas are fluid, and PhD students’ responsibilities extend beyond teaching to include administrative tasks. Stepping out of comfort zones will be essential.

In the pursuit of creativity, artificial intelligence (AI) emerges as a powerful tool. Robert Hetlelid, from the IT department, provided an insightful overview of UiB-chat and Copilot—tools exclusively available to UiB employees. These tools surpass Chat-GPT in functionality, prompting me to cancel my Chat-GPT subscription in favor of Copilot. For Helse Bergen PC users, remember to log in to Edge using your UiB account.

Perhaps consider leveraging Copilot for crafting better applications? Research advisor Susanna Pakkasmaa highlighted various application possibilities during the retreat. While K2 performs well, there’s room for improvement, especially in securing EU funding. Success stories further motivated us: Research student Jonas Hodneland Sundfjord shared insights from longitudinal GWAS analyses on the Mother-Child cohort, while Professor Simona Chera outlined the KG Jebsen Center for Myeloid Blood Cancer’s mission. Chemicals play a crucial role in research, and proper disposal is essential. Consult with Bente-Lise P. Lillebø, senior adviser at the Occupational Health Service, to navigate chemical handling—an area where UiB has a good agreement with BIR.

The retreat concluded with an update from Professor Simon Dankel on Vestlandslegen, followed by anniversary celebrations. Notably, Pål Njølstad received an AI-generated artwork crafted by researcher Marc Vaudel as a token of appreciation.

For those who missed out, fear not—next year promises a fresh retreat. Perhaps our collective success will allow us to reconvene at Solstrand?

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Eystein Husebye
Acting Head of Department

IHI future calls for proposals

We publish draft information on future call topics a few months ahead of the official call launch. We do this to give you additional time to find or build a consortium and prepare a strong proposal. Note that as draft topics are still under development, the texts may change considerably between the versions published here and the call launch, and you should always check the final, approved topic texts once the calls are launched.

Just published – draft topics for IHI call 8

The following topics are under consideration for inclusion in IHI call 8, a two-stage call which will be launched in the coming months:

Meet the European Research Council (ERC): Frontier Research in Norway

Join us for an exclusive event dedicated to excellent research!
26 June, 09.45–13.45 in the University Aula, Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is proud to welcome the President and Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC) to Bergen.

We extend an open invitation to the entire research community to participate in this open event in the University Aula, where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the significant role of excellent research in Norway and Europe through a panel dialogue featuring the ERC President, the President of the Norwegian Research Council and UiB’s Rector.
  • Gain insight into the ERC’s perspectives, including trends, future developments, and principles guiding the work of the ERC Vice Presidents, across different research domains.
  • Hear firsthand from ERC-funded researchers about their pioneering accomplishments and get invaluable insights into their journeys.  Learn how ERC grants can elevate your career and research with substantial funding opportunities for different career stages.

You are welcome to engage with ERC representatives, speakers and colleagues in plenary sessions and in the networking breaks and during lunch.

Please find the programme and practical information here:

Meet the ERC: Frontier Research in Norway

Please register here – both for on-site and online participation. There is a limited number of seats.

Join the FRIPRO workshops!

The University of Bergen (UiB) has launched “FRIPRO-løftet” this spring, which consists of two workshops and an FRIPRO application reading day. The aim is to equip UiB researchers with the necessary tools to enhance their chances of securing funding through FRIPRO from The Research Council of Norway.

These workshops cater to researchers at all career stages who are considering applying for support from FRIPRO. Through interactive sessions, case studies, and practical training, the Division of Research and Innovation, along with local advisors, will provide insights into the concepts of “impact” and “implementation” within the context of FRIPRO.

The FRIPRO-løftet comprises three parts:

Reflections on an Exciting Journey at K2

As my time as the Head of K2 comes to an end, I feel both nostalgia and gratitude. These past six years have been a whirlwind of challenges, triumphs, and camaraderie – a journey that has left deep marks on our department.

A Pattern of Outstanding Achievements

Our department is like a vibrant pattern woven from various disciplines. From medical education to pharmacy and nutrition, we have nurtured the minds of countless students, shaped their futures, and instilled in them a high standard of quality. Our professors and associate professors – 52 steadfast individuals in permanent positions and 79 dedicated souls in part-time roles – form the threads of this network, enabling us to provide our students with education that will carry them safely into their professional lives.

The unsung heroes

But let us not forget the less visible heroes – the 171 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers who tirelessly work in the laboratories, unravel mysteries, and push the boundaries of knowledge. Their passion drives our research, and their curiosity propels us forward. To them, I extend my deepest gratitude.

Groundbreaking Discoveries

Our journey has been marked by milestones. We have stood on local podiums, received well-deserved awards, and national and international recognition has affirmed our collective efforts. We have contributed to groundbreaking discoveries why our research graces the pages of prestigious international journals, including the Nature family.

The magic of translation

Our research is more than data points – it is a bridge between the laboratory and the hospital bed. Always keeping the patient in mind, we work toward solutions that matter. And it is this delicate balance between science and practice, between molecules and medicine, that ultimately turns hypotheses into hope – into improved diagnostics and treatment for our patients.

Facing the storms

Yes, there have been storms. The COVID-19 pandemic and economic challenges have tested our resilience. But like seasoned sailors, we have adjusted our sails and navigated through turbulent waters. And amidst it all, the spirit of K2 remains unwavering – a beacon of collaboration.

Gratitude prevails

Today, as I stand at the threshold of a new chapter, my heart is filled primarily with gratitude. To the technicians fine-tuning our instruments, the young researchers dreaming big, and the professors sparking curiosity. And let us not forget the unsung heroes – the administrative warriors who keep our ship afloat. Their precise work may go unnoticed, but it is always deeply appreciated. Thanks a lot.


As I pen my final editorial comment, I raise a virtual glass to each one of you. Our institute is not just about science; it is about people – the beating hearts that breathe life into the walls of K2’s many rooms. My hope is that K2 continues to flourish, bringing joy to new generations.

A thousand thanks, dear colleagues, for making this journey unforgettable. We will meet again, albeit with me in a different role.


New calls in the Horizon Europe Cancer Mission:

The European Commission has now announced six new calls for funding under the Cancer Mission. The following two are particularly relevant for researchers at The Faculty of Medicine:

Accessible and affordable tests to advance early detection of heritable cancers in European regions
 HORIZON-MISS-2024-CANCER-01-03. Innovation action 12 MIO EUR per project. To validate easy-to-use, affordable and accessible genetic, multi-omics or other biomarker-based cancer tests for early detection of cancers with an underlying heritable genetic risk. Activities are expected to achieve TRL 5 to 7 by the end of the project. ​​​​​​​

Improving the understanding and management of late-effects in adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer HORIZON-MISS-2024-CANCER-01-05. 6 MIO EUR per project. The focus should be exclusively on adolescent and young adult (AYA, age range 15-39) cancer patients and survivors.

Application Deadline: 18 September 2024 

 If these topics sound interesting, please contact the research advisers at MED for advise on how to build or join a consortium and apply: Application Support for External Funding | Faculty of Medicine | UiB

 You can also join the EU Info Days on 25 and 26 April to learn more about the calls: Events | The research and innovation community platform (

From breakthrough technologies to game changing innovations – EIC Opportunities

The programme for the May 7th EIC- seminar has been updated. Please find the updated programme and schedule attached.

Note, the duration of the program has been extended from 12:00 to 14:30.

Where: Digital and The Research Council of Norway, Drammensveien 288, Lysaker
Target group: Researchers, companies, TTO, research leaders, research and innovation administrators, EU advisors and innovation advisors
Registration deadline for in-person participation: Thursday, May 2 at 23:00
Registration deadline for digital participation: Monday, May 6 at 23:00
Digital: Live streaming
7 May 08:30–14:30

Final Program_Updated_EN

The Crown Prince Rides Again

The eternal crown prince or deputy is a figure who often finds themselves in the shadow of the leader and thrives there, yet still plays a hopefully important role in the organization. If we believe the descriptions online, the crown princes’ perpetual presence in this position can be both a blessing and a curse. What it has been for me, others will judge, but now I will from May 1st lead you safely through spring and summer until a new institute leader is in place, hopefully by September 1st.

In the meantime, there is much exciting happening. First up is the K2 seminar on April 30th. There we will thank Pål for the great effort he has made for K2 over 6 years. Never have K2 researchers brought in more BOA funds than in the last years under Pål’s leadership. In addition, there will be presentations about artificial intelligence, gene studies, and what the new KG Jebsen Center lead by Gjertsen and Chera will be dealing with. There will be talks about the work environment and chemical handling, Vestlandslegen and our jubilants will be marked. As always, there will be good food and time to mingle with colleagues. In May and June, there will be a Faculty lunch and Institute Council, exams including OSCE, so stay tuned.

As always, there are application opportunities. The Trond Mohn Center for Women’s Research is announcing grants, there is a call for sketches for a new round of Norwegian Center of Excellence plus much more, detailed in K2 news.


UiB Opp 2.18 Practical Use of AI in Research and Administration

Do you want to explore and leverage the opportunities that AI offers in your daily work? The course focuses on providing a thorough introduction to AI, giving you an overview of its development and the ethical issues that accompany it. This course is tailored for both researchers and technical administrative personnel.

Where: Bjørn Christiansens hus (Christiesgt. 12) Sem.rom. 110
When: 13.05.2024 – 09.00–11.30
Registration deadline: 06.05.2024 – 12.00
The course is conducted in English

Feedback opportunity for Horizon Europe work programme 2025

This is an opportunity to provide input for the development of the Horizon Europe ‘main’ work programme 2025. Responses submitted through the survey will contribute to the co-design of the work programme 2025, covering all 6 clusters, research infrastructures, European innovation ecosystems, the 5 EU Missions and the New European Bauhaus facility.

The feedback opportunity is open for 3 weeks from 15 April and closes on 6 May 2024 midday, CET.

The feedback is being collected at the level of the ‘Destinations’ or Missions. To structure the input, the Commission services have provided an orientation document for each Destination and Mission, outlining the impacts and outcomes expected from the actions to be funded in 2025.

  • Expected outcomes explain what a group of successful projects should achieve overall in the medium term, and on the way to the longer-term

If you are interested in providing feedback for multiple Destinations and/or Missions, please fill in a separate questionnaire for each one.

Who should provide feedback? Everybody with insight and knowledge on the specific topics, independent of career level.

From breakthrough technologies to game changing innovation – EIC opportunities

Where: Digital and The Research Council of Norway, Drammensveien 288, Lysaker
Target group: Researchers, companies, TTO, research leaders, research and innovation administrators, EU advisors and innovation advisors
Registration deadline: May 6 at 23:00
Digital: Live streaming
When: 7 May 08:30–12:00

The EIC is Europe’s leading innovation program to identify, develop, and scale up breakthrough technologies and ground-breaking innovations. The EIC wants your breakthrough technology to reach the market and has tools ranging from research, through commercialization, to scaling. Few Norwegian researchers and companies apply for the EIC.—eic-opportunities/

Open Day at UiB Ferd

Office Relocation and Open Day. We are excited to announce that with the arrival of spring, we are transitioning to our new offices at Langesgate 1-3. Starting from Tuesday 23.04.2024 you can find us at the vibrant heart of the campus, conveniently located right beside the museum. UiB Ferd have open day from 10:00-12:00 and serve coffee/tea and Bergens skillingsbolle. Hope to see you there?

23.04.2024 – 10.00–12.00

Langesgate 3