The Large-scale Programmes initiative is designed to build long-term knowledge in order to encourage innovation and enhance value creation as well as to help find solutions to important challenges facing society.
At present the Research Council administers seven programmes under the Large-scale Programme initiative. These programmes have been developed in a dialogue between the research establishment, industry and the public administration, and extend across various sectors and value chains. They incorporate a wide variety of actors, providing them with a strategic and dynamic arena for communication and cooperation.
The Large-scale Programmes represent a key component of the Research Council's efforts to satisfy the objectives regarding priority thematic and technology areas.
The Large-scale Programme initiative aims to:
Achieve specific objectives and identify concrete challenges or opportunities of strategic national importance.
Generate synergy and interaction between strategic basic research, applied research and innovation.
Implement efforts within a long-term perspective and elicit results that would otherwise be difficult to achieve.
Mobilise researchers and industry through strategic utilisation of different types of funding together with other instruments administered by the Research Council.
Promote an effective international orientation.
Maintain a clear profile vis-à-vis the research community, the political community, the government administration and the public at large.
For more information about the Large-scale Programmes, see the individual research programme websites:
Biotechnology for Innovation- BIOTEK2021
Research related to the implementation of the national strategy for biotechnology in the agricultural, marine, industrial and health sectors.
AQUACULTURE - An Industry in Growth - HAVBRUK
Research to promote aquaculture as a sustainable, market-oriented, profitable growth industry.
Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials - NANO2021
Research aimed at enhancing the national knowledge base within nanotechnology and advanced materials to meet high international standards.
Climate Change and its Impacts in Norway - NORKLIMA
Research to enhance knowledge about the climate and promote a better interface between different types of research to give society a stronger platform for dealing with changes in the global climate.
Large-scale Programme for Petroleum Research - PETROMAKS2
Research to facilitate the utilisation of petroleum reserves to the benefit of society.
Large-scale Programme for Energy Research - ENERGIX
Research to generate clean energy systems for the future.
Core Competence and Growth in ICT - VERDIKT
Research to place Norway at the forefront of ICT development and the application of ICT-based knowledge to innovation and interaction.
Terminated Large-scale Programmes
The following Large-scale Programmes have been terminated and have been replaces bye new programmes:
- Optimal Management of Petroleum Resources - PETROMAKS
- Clean Energy for the Future - RENERGI
- Functional Genomics - FUGE
- Nanotechnology and New Materials - NANOMAT
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