In order to strengthen international cooperation and assist Norwegian and foreign researchers, the Research Council has appointed contact persons for individual countries and geographic regions.
As a consequence of the last years’ accelerating economic growth, many African countries have R&D on their priority list. Norway can play a role both as a global partner in developing relationships with competent African research hubs.
The countries of South and Central America face great challenges in their efforts to create a sustainable platform for growth and prosperity and adjust their economies to compete on open world markets.
Research cooperation between Norway and Japan has been given three thematic priorities based on mutual interests: Energy and Environment Technology, Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Seafood Safety and Polar and Space Science.
The programme for research cooperation with China (CHINOR) prioritises research in the areas of climate, the environment, climate technology and welfare. In the long-term, this initiative will be expanded to encompass more fields of research.
Bilateral research cooperation between Norway and South Africa started in 2002 and has so far financed 67 joint projects. The current SANCOOP-programme is follows a third agreement between the two countries signed in February 2013.