The Research Council's overall strategy for the 2009-2012 period provides input to research establishment stakeholders and the authorities and lays down guiding principles for the Research Council's own activities.
The Norwegian Government's research budget for 2011 entails public investments in research and development of approximately NOK 23.6 billion. Compared with the balanced budget for 2010, this represents growth of NOK 550 million.
The Research Council's evaluation activities are designed to enhance the quality, efficiency and relevance of the research sector. Evaluation activities provide a good basis for determining how to allocate research funding, and for offering guidance.