Funding for strong research network in North Rhine-Westphalia for FAIR
The state of North Rhine-Westphalia is supporting five outstanding research networks in pioneering research fields with a total of around 81.2 million euros. The particle accelerator centre FAIR also benefits from this, as one of the funded networks is the NRW-FAIR network, which is actively involved in FAIR's research projects and experiments.
Under the leadership of the University of Bochum, the researchers of the NRW-FAIR network want to play a major role in shaping the scientific work at FAIR, the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Darmstadt. From August 2022, the network will be funded by the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia with around 16,5 million euros over a period of four years.
In addition to the University of Bochum, the University of Bonn, the Research Centre Jülich and the University of Münster and the University of Wuppertal as well as the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research are involved in the NRW-FAIR network. In addition, an extension of the network to the universities of Bielefeld and Cologne is being considered.
The funding of the NRW-FAIR network underlines the relevance of the FAIR Scientific program. A major focus of the participating universities are the research pillars PANDA and CBM. “We are delighted that these major universities team up to strengthen their participation in FAIR,” says Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of GSI/FAIR. “The NRW-FAIR network will significantly intensify our cooperation and will help us to fulfill the fundamental mission of our laboratory which is to provide scientists in research institutions all over the world with opportunities to conduct outstanding research.”
The long-standing cooperation between GSI/FAIR and the universities of North Rhine-Westphalia is reflected in the close collaborations already in place. The universities are involved both in working on scientific questions for FAIR and in developing experimental technology for FAIR.
The aim of the entire funding program of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is to sustainably strengthen existing topic-related and cross-location research networks of universities, universities of applied sciences and non-university research institutions, to expand them and to increase their visibility and international competitiveness. (LW)