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About the UMN-UMB collaboration

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In 2006, the Norwegian government gave the University of Minnesota a $750,000 grant to help create an endowed chair in the fields of bioenergy, genomics and food safety.


The agreement is signed
The agreement is signed Photo: Håkon Sparre
The purpose of this cooperation is to form Transatlantic Research Teams of scientists, undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Minnesota (UMN) and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)

The Norwegian gift was matched by the University of Minnesota. The $1,500,000 fund is administered by the University of Minnesota Foundation.

The revenue from the fund may be used for any purpose which supports the research, teaching and service activity of the chair.

At least six transatlantic research teams within bioenergy, biobased products and food security will be in operation. Bachelor-, Master-, PhD- and PostDoc-students are included in the teams. The two universities will involve other universities in the cooperation. The research teams will conduct breakthrough research to provide sustainable solutions within the fields of bioenergy, biobased products and functional genomics (particularly as it relates to food security).

There will be two part-time chair-holders, one from each of the two universities. The lead position will shift annually.

Their tasks are:
1. catalyze the formation of strong research teams and organize annual workshops
2. promote the cooperation
3. include other universities
4. include industry
5. report to the Executive Committee

Model for the cooperation
Model for the cooperation


Agreements between the two universities (pdf)
Memorandum of Understanding between University of Minnesota and Norwegian University of Life Sciences, signed May 26, 2006

Agreement on the Norwegian Centennial Interdisciplinary Chair between University of Minnesota and Norwegian University of Life Sciences, signed May 26, 2006; amended July, 2007

Agreement on Student Mobility between University of Minnesota and Norwegian University of Life Sciences, signed May 26, 2006

Agreement between the two governments
Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation between the Government of the Kingdom of Norway and the Government of the United States of America (2006)

Published: 03.08.07
Updated: 29.10.10
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Cooperation UMN-NMBU

Cooperation between University of Minnesota (UMN) and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Contact persons:

Claudia Schmidt-Dannert


Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics

College of Biological Sciences, St. Paul, UMN

Office Phone: 612/625-5782


Ragnhild Solheim

Research Director, UMB

Office Phone: +47 6496 6191

 
Additional information

Homepages:

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)

University of Minnesota (UMN)

UMN College of Biological Sciences

UMN College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Initiative for Renewable Energy 
 
PPT presentation on UMN-Norway collaboration (January 2010)

Reports from Chair 
- October 2008 ppt
- May 2007 pdf