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  • 17 new Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) announced

    “These centres will expand the innovation capacity of the Norwegian business sector and provide a more stable framework for the research groups to carry out their industry-oriented research,” stated Director General of the Research Council of Norway, Arvid Hallén, when he announced the list of Norway’s new SFI centres on 21 November.

    Published: 26.11.2014
  • Doctoral projects bring new knowledge to the public sector

    The Research Council of Norway has allocated funding to 17 doctoral research projects under the new Public Sector Ph.D. Scheme. The projects extend across a range of subjects from health to water and wastewater management.

    Published: 24.11.2014
  • New large-scale initiative on ICT

    The Research Council’s Large-scale Programme on Core Competence and Value Creation in ICT (VERDIKT) concludes at the end of 2014. The new large-scale initiative on information technology and digital innovation (IKTPLUSS) will take a more integrated approach to ICT research than its predecessor.

    Published: 21.11.2014
  • Clearer priorities set for bilateral research cooperation

    The Research Council of Norway has drawn up roadmaps for research cooperation with each of the eight priority partner countries outside the EU/EEA: Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa and the USA.

    Published: 20.11.2014
  • Milestone for Norwegian-Brazilian research cooperation

    The Research Council of Norway has signed two agreements with Brazil’s national research and innovation organisations, opening up opportunities for joint funding announcements in research areas of common interest.

    Published: 20.11.2014
  • Having children does not lead to more sickness absence

    Women with children are not more absent from work, do not receive more social insurance benefits and do not have higher mortality rates than most other employees. These findings are the result of a recent, comprehensive Norwegian study.

    Published: 14.11.2014
  • Biodiversity can offset climate change

    The tremendous value of diverse ecosystems is often invisible to the naked eye. The Research Council of Norway is encouraging research activities that draw closer connections between climate and biodiversity.

    Published: 13.11.2014
  • Milepæl i norsk-brasiliansk forskningssamarbeid

    –Dette er en milepæl i norsk-brasiliansk forskningssamarbeid, sier Siri Helle Friedemann, direktør for Petroleumsavdelingen i Forskningsrådet. Forskningsrådet har nå fått to avtaler med brasilianske forsknings- og innovasjonsorganisasjoner. De åpner for felles utlysninger innen alle områder.

    Published: 13.11.2014
  • Norwegian-Chinese cooperation yields more reliable thermal readings of Arctic sea ice

    Arctic sea ice has diminished significantly in recent decades, particularly in summer. Researchers from Norway and China have collaborated on developing an autonomous buoy with instruments that can more precisely measure the optical properties of Arctic sea ice while also taking measurements of ice thickness and temperature.

    Published: 12.11.2014
  • Research will raise efficiency of construction industry

    The Norwegian construction industry is seeking to become more research-based and thus more profitable, productive, sustainable and professional. The Research Council of Norway and a number of relevant R&D institutions are among those that have contributed to developing the industry’s new Bygg21 strategy document.

    Published: 12.11.2014
  • Next application deadline: 26 November 2014

    Are you planning to submit a grant proposal to the Research Council for the 26 November deadline? Follow our advice on how to avoid any last-minute glitches.

    Published: 11.11.2014
  • Norway wants to increase research cooperation with Canada

    Canada and Norway share a number of strengths and have many research interests in common. Transatlantic Science Week 2014 has laid a foundation for closer cooperation, especially within Arctic research.

    Published: 11.11.2014
  • Norwegian researchers key in IPCC’s synthesis on climate change

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently presented its report synthesising the reports of the three Working Groups in 2014. For the first time, Norwegian researchers have been involved in working on the Synthesis Report itself.

    Published: 07.11.2014
  • Updated objectives and enhanced application review

    The Research Council of Norway will be announcing funding for the fourth round of Centres of Excellence (SFF). In this connection, the application assessment process has been revised and the objectives of the scheme updated.

    Published: 05.11.2014
  • Prizes for outstanding research, innovation and communication

    The Research Council of Norway’s awards for 2014 have been presented to a world-leading researcher on inner voices, a turbo-charged disseminator who gave a marathon history lecture, and a start-up company seeking to revolutionise the line fishing industry and make it easier for amateur anglers to catch fish.

    Published: 04.11.2014
  • Better health for the poorest segments

    The Research Council's Programme for Global Health and Vaccination Research (GLOBVAC) can help more newborn children to survive and reduce the number of deaths from malaria. The Research Council of Norway recently visited Tanzania to see some of the GLOBVAC projects first-hand.

    Published: 03.11.2014
  • Productive transport research for 10 more years

    “Green waves” for lorries at night, congestion charging for trains, and “smart” freight that finds its own travel route. These are a few of the results of the past eight years of transport research under the SMARTRANS programme. Now the Research Council of Norway is launching a new 10-year transport research programme.

    Published: 31.10.2014
  • EU applications provide additional route to US funding

    The Research Council of Norway recommends that researchers in Norway apply for funding from US federal grants as well as under Horizon 2020 to enhance transatlantic cooperation.

    Published: 30.10.2014
  • No new Norwegian-hosted projects put forth for ESFRI Roadmap

    The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) will be updating its Roadmap in 2016. The Research Council of Norway recommends that Norwegian authorities should not put forth any new Norwegian-led projects for inclusion on the roadmap.

    Published: 27.10.2014
  • Impacts of the national budget for applicants

    The Norwegian Government has proposed an overall increase of NOK 2.1 billion in its budget for research. The Research Council of Norway will receive roughly NOK 460million more next year. The following outlines the impacts of selected items in the proposed 2015 national budget for those seeking funding from the Research Council.

    Published: 24.10.2014
  • More and better Norwegian research

    This year’s Report on Science and Technology Indicators for Norway shows that most of the arrows are pointing in a positive direction: Norwegian researchers are publishing more articles, are being cited more frequently and are pursuing more doctoral degrees.

    Published: 23.10.2014
  • 638 grant proposals submitted for the 15 October application deadline

    More than NOK 2 billion in funding was announced for the October 2014 deadline. The funding pot of approximately NOK 850 million for innovation projects drew the greatest interest.

    Published: 22.10.2014
  • Fourteen technical-industrial institutes to be evaluated

    In the course of 2015, an international panel of experts will evaluate all 14 Norwegian technical-industrial institutes that receive public basic funding via the Research Council of Norway. The mandate for the evaluation panel has now been drawn up.

    Published: 20.10.2014
  • Research that holds water

    Water is a vulnerable resource coming under increasing pressure in many parts of the world. The Research Council of Norway is providing funding to a number of research projects seeking to solve challenges related to the supply and quality of water.

    Published: 20.10.2014
  • The Research Council’s new main strategy circulated for review

    The Executive Board of the Research Council of Norway is drawing up a new main strategy for the Research Council. All interested parties are invited to submit their input.

    Published: 15.10.2014
  • Research Council redesigns support for international researcher mobility

    The Research Council of Norway is in the process of concluding several of its support schemes for individual researcher mobility to pave the way for a more strategic, targeted use of mobility funding.

    Published: 10.10.2014
  • Research data must be shared

    The Research Council of Norway has adopted its first policy on open access to research data from publicly funded projects. The guidelines apply to all data generated by projects funded by the Research Council – with a few exceptions.

    Published: 10.10.2014
  • A robust budget for research

    The Norwegian Government has proposed to increase public funding of research activity to the equivalent of one per cent of Norway’s GDP in the next five years. The budget proposal also includes significant growth in funding to promote world-leading research groups, a knowledge-based and competitive industrial sector, and internationalisation measures.

    Published: 09.10.2014
  • Norwegian researchers successful in European ICT allocations

    The results are in from the first funding round for ICT research under Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for Research and Innovation. Norwegian researchers have a higher success rate than the average for the European countries.

    Published: 08.10.2014
  • Nobel Prize in Physiology goes to Norwegian researchers

    Norwegian husband-wife team Edvard and May-Britt Moser have been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology for their discovery of grid cells in the brain.

    Published: 07.10.2014