Horizon 2020 proposal receives top score

The team behind the SMART proposal for Horizon 2020 funding received top score in the evaluation of their proposal.

Competing with excellence: Professor Beate Sjåfjell and her SMART-team
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‘We received top score in two out of three criteria (excellence and impact), and almost full score for the third (implementation), and we have learned that this is rare,’ Beate Sjåfjell explains. Professor Sjåfjell is the coordinator of the SMART team, with scholars from research institutions from numerous countries in Europe and internationally.

Investigating the product life cycle

The SMART project will investigate how the regulation of public and private and private market actors within the EU can contribute to achieving the EU’s development goals and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The thematic scope of SMART centres on products originating wholly or in part in developing countries and sold by businesses in the EU to consumers and procurers in the EU. These products have an international life cycle, which starts in developing countries where they often end their cycle as scrap. Both the environmental and social dimensions of sustainable decisions will be investigated

Competing with excellence

As an institution we are very pleased to learn that our researchers compete with excellence amongst researcher from throughout the EU/EEA,’ says Professor Hans Petter Graver, Dean at the Faculty of Law in Oslo. ‘I understand that there still are formalities to be handled before the grant agreement is in place, but I have great confidence in this project,’ he concludes.

According to Professor Graver, the Faculty encourages researchers to apply for EU funding, and this is among the top priorities of the University of Oslo, and the Faculty of Law.

Companies, Markets, Society and the Environment

The SMART Project builds on and develops further the results of the Sustainable Companies Project (2010-2014), which has had as its aim to find out how to integrate the overarching goal of sustainable development and especially its environmental dimension in the decision-making in companies.

Both projects are a part of the Research Group Companies, Markets, Society and the Environment, all led by Professor Sjåfjell.

By Steinar Hafto Myre
Published Nov. 3, 2015 10:14 AM - Last modified Nov. 3, 2015 11:53 AM