Norway's research budget for 2011
The national budget for 2011 provides an overall allocation of NOK 23 billion for research and development (R&D) activities in Norway. Thus the total R&D budget is NOK 550 million higher than for 2010, representing a nominal growth of 2.4 per cent.
The R&D allocations for 2011 entail zero real growth in this sphere for this year.
Important points about the budget:
- Allocations for scientific equipment have increased by NOK 136 million.
- Allocations to the Research Council’s open competitive arenas for research funding have increased by NOK 60 million.
- A new polar research programme will be established, with a budget framework of at least NOK 45 million.
- Allocations from the Ministry of Trade and Industry for industry-oriented research are somewhat lower for 2011 than for 2010.
The Research Council’s portion of the budget
The Research Council’s overall budget for R&D-related activities is NOK 6.9 billion for 2011. This represents an increase of NOK 71 million in allocations from the ministries in relation to the revised national budget for 2010 and an increase of NOK 181 million in relation to the proposed national budget for 2010.
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