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VISTA - an exceptional partnership

VISTA is a collaborative partnership between Statoil and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. VISTA's overall vision is to stimulate basic mathematical and scientific research related to the exploitation and management of Norway's petroleum resources.

Sleipner. Photo: Dag Myrestrand/Statoil

Sleipner. Photo: Dag Myrestrand/Statoil

The priority areas are:

  • Exploration
  • Improved oil recovery
  • Environment
  • Future development and operations

The objectives are:

  • Increase knowledge about the exploitation and management of Norway's petroleum resources 
  • Support research in mathematics and the natural sciences that helps provide a basis for improved, safe exploitation of Norway's petroleum resources in the future
  • Support the development of knowledge that will form the foundation for future technologies for exploration, recovery, development and operation 
  • Increase competencies related to exploitation and management within the bounds of good environmental stewardship

The VISTA-programme is led by the VISTA board, with representatives from both The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and Statoil. VISTA is administered by a coordinator from The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters as well as Statoil's program manager. The board decides which candidates and project applications should be funded. Each research area is led by a scientific committee consisting of a division head from Statoil and a board member from The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Applying for VISTA funding

VISTA issues a call for applications for funding for PhD and post-doctoral projects twice a year on 1 February and 15 August. VISTA aims to fund approximately 25 projects on PhD and Post Doc level each year, in addition to one VISTA professorship. 

Scholars at the VISTA seminar June 2015 in the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Photo: Eirik Furu BaardsenScholars at the VISTA seminar June 2015 in the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Photo: Eirik Furu Baardsen

What does VISTA support?
VISTA supports PhD and Post Doc projects, and also VISTA Professorships. All VISTA projects are required to have a dedicated scholar and a project manager approved by VISTA and by the scholar's host institution. The project reports once a year to VISTA. VISTA pays for salaries and covers project operation costs for PhD and Post Doc projects for up to three years. VISTA funds highly competent researchers to facilitate full-time research in their field of expertise. VISTA currently funds professor Jan Martin Nordbottens's professorship at University of Bergen. Among previous VISTA Professors is Ivar Giæver, Nobel Laureate in Physics in 1973.

Key Statistics
From 1985 - 2015 VISTA had funded a total of 250 PhD and Post Doc projects. As of 2015, there are 30 active projects, including one VISTA professorship. In 2013, Statoil and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters signed a new 5-year contract that will contribute NOK 20 million annually for the period 2014 - 2019 to petroleumrelated basic research. Additionally, VISTA can apply for 25 % of this amount from The Research Council of Norway.

Publications 1985 - 2015
Throughout VISTA's 30 years of operation, there have been more than 980 publications in international journals, among others in Nature and Science. VISTA organizes two yearly events; the VISTA-day and the VISTA-seminar at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, that brings together young scientists from VISTA projects.

VISTA administration
Håkon Sandbakken, Coordinator,
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
Richard Kvile, Head Accountant,
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
Drammensveien 78, 0271 Oslo
Phone: 22 12 10 90 
E-mail: vista@dnva.no

Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi
Drammensveien 78
N-0271 Oslo
Telefon: +47 22 84 15 00
E-post: post@dnva.no
 
Nettredaktør: Anne-Marie Astad
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The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
Drammensveien 78
N-0271 Oslo, Norway
Telephone: + 47 22 84 15 00
E-mail: post@dnva.no
Web editor: Anne-Marie Astad
Design and technical solutions: Ravn Webveveriet AS