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More visible and competitive research groups at HiOA with the Booster project

The Booster project is intended to increase the proportion of externally-funded projects and highlight good research groups at HiOA. The goal is for eleven selected research groups with a high potential to be able to compete for research funding at the national and international level.


Goals and activities for the Booster project

The goal for the Booster project is

  • for the research groups to become visible at the national and international level
  • to become a preferred partner and leader in collaboration projects
  • to increase its expertise on funding mechanisms

The project lasts for three years and is divided into three phases. The research groups and dedicated, experienced R&D advisers will work together.

Phase 1 – mapping
We map the groups’ strong points and potential for development and identify relevant sources of funding.

Phase 2 – strategy
We develop a strategy for obtaining external funding, validate various application ideas, promote the group and raise their application competence.

Phase 3 – positioning
We work on specific applications and position ourselves in relation to upcoming calls for applications.

The Booster groups receive the following

The groups receive a plan tailored to their specific needs. All research groups that participate in the Booster project receive:

  • One research fellow position funded by HiOA
  • Earmarked strategic funds to follow up activities
  • Close follow-up by dedicated members of the EU team
  • Time freed up to follow up applications
  • Free consulting assistance from external partners with whom HiOA has an agreement

The EU team helps with:

  • Advise on how to update the research group’s online profile in order to raise the group’s profile
  • Specialised courses
  • A CV analysis for the group's members in relation to the EU’s CV template
  • An overview of academic events and networks in Norway and abroad

Participants in the Booster project

First batch of groups, start-up in September 2016

Second batch of groups, start-up in spring 2017

Second batch of groups, start-up in autumn 2017

Second batch of groups, start-up in spring 2018

  • Professional ethics, Centre for the Study of Professions (SPS) 

Criteria for admission to the Booster project

The groups are selected by the faculty management in cooperation with the EU team.
The eleven research groups have been selected because they have:

  • high-quality research
  • strong motivation and ambitions to obtain external funding and to highlight and further develop the research group
  • a good thematic match and relevance in relation to the Research Council of Norway and Horizon 2020
  • capacity (good balance of resources as regards people and expertise in the group, as well as time and opportunity to contribute)
  • the support of the immediate superior and the dean

Background to the Booster project

HiOA participates in several international research programmes and in more than 160 projects funded by the Research Council of Norway. HiOA's Strategy 2020 states that priority shall be given to research activities that lead to increased scientific publication in weighted publication channels and increased external funding, particularly from the Research Council of Norway and the EU.

At the same time, HiOA’s board expects the income from externally-funded projects to increase from year to year. This means that HiOA must build strong and competitive research communities that can contribute to reaching these goals.

See the overall Booster project video.

Contact persons at the Department for Research and Development and the faculties

Group/Community Administrative main contact on the
Academic main contact Administrative contact
at the faculty
Ageing, Health and Welfare,
Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences
Pavan  Sriram Astrid Bergland Anette Lislerud
Universal Design of ICT (UD-ICT),
Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Technology, Art and Design
Pavan Sriram Weiqin Chen Brita Børve
Blikk for barn - Profesjonsnærhet og
profesjonsutøvelse, Department of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education and International Studies
Stine Johansen Leif Hernes Nina Hestnes
Information systems based on metadata (METAINFO),
Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences
Florissa Abreu Nils Pharo Kaarina Ritson/
Inger Johanne Flatland
KAI - Centre for Work Inclusion Stine Johansen Anne Hodnefjeld  
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