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  • One thousand sixty-five grant proposals received for the September deadline

    The Research Council announced close to NOK 2 billion in funding for the 9 September application deadline. The Large-scale Programme for Aquaculture Research (HAVBRUK 2) issued the largest-ever call for proposals in its field.

    Published: 15.09.2015
  • Norwegian companies are seeking more knowledge

    Recent figures show that businesses are increasingly turning to research as a means of improving products and opening up new markets. Thus far this year, the Research Council of Norway has received 29 per cent more applications to the SkatteFUNN tax incentive scheme than at the same time last year.

    Published: 14.09.2015
  • Better financial performance for research institutes in 2014

    A new report shows that nearly all of the research institutes receiving basic funding from the Research Council of Norway improved their operating result in 2014 compared with the previous year.

    Published: 09.09.2015
  • Growth in allocations to policy-oriented programmes, centre schemes and infrastructure

    A complete overview of development trends at the Research Council of Norway in 2014 in areas such as allocations, grant applications received, project management and researcher recruitment is now available.

    Published: 08.09.2015
  • The Research Council to map out national environmental, climate and polar research

    This autumn the Research Council of Norway will compile an overview of national research activities in environmental, climate and polar research. A high response rate from the research community and relevant companies is essential to providing the authorities with a reliable knowledge base for determining future initiatives.

    Published: 08.09.2015
  • Strengthening Norwegian research cooperation with Brazil and South Africa

    The Research Council of Norway and Innovation Norway are taking steps to strengthen research cooperation with South Africa and Brazil. The objective is to give Norwegian research groups and companies greater access to international expertise and provide a good framework for participating in projects to advance Norwegian research and industry.

    Published: 04.09.2015
  • Must create a stronger culture for commercialisation

    A new evaluation report concludes that the universities’ Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) have become more professional and expanded their capacity. At the same time the report warns there is great potential value that will remain unrealised if Norway’s universities and university colleges do not do more to strengthen the culture for commercialisation.

    Published: 26.08.2015
  • New aquaculture programme with a stronger focus on industry

    The Research Council of Norway’s new Large-scale Programme on Aquaculture Research (HAVBRUK2) was launched recently at the Aqua Nor international aquaculture trade fair in Trondheim.

    Published: 24.08.2015
  • Research funding under EEA and Norway Grants reaches NOK 1 billion

    One hundred and forty-five research projects in five Eastern and Central European countries have received a total of NOK 1 billion in funding under the EEA and Norway Grants scheme in the period 2009–2014. Norwegian and Icelandic research groups are taking part in all of the projects.

    Published: 14.08.2015
  • Promising Ebola vaccine

    The Research Council of Norway’s Programme for Global Health and Vaccination Research (GLOBVAC) is co-funding testing of a new vaccine against Ebola that is drawing widespread international attention. The research programme has allocated NOK 20 million towards this work.

    Published: 11.08.2015
  • New strategy available in English

    The Research Council of Norway’s new overall strategy – Research for innovation and sustainability –sets out the guidelines and principles for the Research Council’s activities up to 2020. The strategy document is now available in English.

    Published: 03.07.2015
  • NOK 250 million to ICT research and innovation

    The Research Council of Norway invests NOK 250 million in 25 research and innovation projects in the first allocation from "IKTPLUSS", the new major ICT funding initiative.

    Published: 30.06.2015
  • Allocating NOK 1.3 billion for research infrastructure

    The Research Council of Norway will be allocating nearly NOK 1.3 billion for research facilities, laboratories, scientific equipment and databases. Twenty-nine research-related infrastructure projects have been approved.

    Published: 29.06.2015
  • ERC funding awarded to three Norwegian researchers

    Researchers at the University of Oslo (UiO), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) have been awarded Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC).

    Published: 25.06.2015
  • Giant leap ahead for cooperation between Japan and Norway

    In the wake of Japan-Norway Science Week held in Tokyo in May, research collaboration between Norway and Japan has taken a major step forward. A joint call for proposals on environment-friendly energy systems will be issued this summer.

    Published: 25.06.2015
  • 1 601 grant proposals submitted for the May application deadline

    Upwards of NOK 1 billion in funding was announced for the 27 May application deadline. Seventy-five per cent of the grant applications were submitted to the FRIPRO funding scheme for independent basic research projects.

    Published: 17.06.2015
  • Norway met the EU on Norway Day

    Researchers, research administrators and bureaucrats recently came together at Norway Day 2015 in Brussels. The theme of the event was future perspectives on research cooperation, with special focus on the energy sector.

    Published: 17.06.2015
  • NOK 200 million for research to improve public services

    The Research Council of Norway’s new Large-scale Programme on Health, Care and Welfare Services Research (HELSEVEL) will announce NOK 200 million in funding in its first call for proposals.

    Published: 15.06.2015
  • Measured up to top prize in national research competition for children

    Pupils in grade 6 at Haus school in Hordaland county took top honours in this year’s Nysgjerrigper research contest for their work on pace as a unit of measurement and step tracking.

    Published: 12.06.2015
  • National screening programme has markedly reduced breast cancer mortality

    A research-based evaluation of the Norwegian Breast Cancer Screening Programme concludes that the target of reducing breast cancer mortality by 30 per cent has nearly been achieved.

    Published: 12.06.2015
  • New Division Research Boards from 1 June 2015

    The Executive Board of the Research Council of Norway has appointed new Division Research Boards for the four-year period from 1 June 2015 to 31 May 2019.

    Published: 01.06.2015
  • Who is deserving of the Research Council awards in 2015?

    Do you know of a researcher who is worthy of recognition? Nominations for the Research Council of Norway’s awards for 2015 are now being accepted from the research and innovation community. Nominations may be submitted by individuals or by institutions.

    Published: 29.05.2015
  • Arctic seminar with high attention in Delhi

    The seminar “The Arctic: Unfurling Research and policy Perspectives” was organized by the Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi in cooperation with the Ministry of Earth Science of India on May 5th.

    Published: 21.05.2015
  • Active collaboration between Japan and Norway

    The spotlight will be on environment-friendly energy at this year’s Japan-Norway Science Week. The event, organised for the third time, will be held in Tokyo 27–28 May.

    Published: 18.05.2015
  • New overall strategy launched

    The Research Council of Norway’s new overall strategy – Research for innovation and sustainability – was recently approved by the Executive Board. The new strategy sets out the guidelines and principles for the Research Council’s activities up to 2020.

    Published: 18.05.2015
  • Environmental research institutes need to reach out more

    The quality of research carried out at Norway’s environmental research institutes is high in all respects, but the institutes should be more active in exploring potential funding opportunities from the EU and the Research Council of Norway. They should also expand cooperation among themselves and with new partners in the private and public sectors.

    Published: 18.05.2015
  • Norway and Portugal strengthen cooperation

    Norway and Portugal sign agreements on increased ocean-related scientific and technological cooperation.

    Published: 11.05.2015
  • NOK 900 million available for research-based innovation for industry

    A record amount of funding is available for research and innovation projects in companies. This year the Research Council of Norway has made it even easier for companies to seek funding, and for the first time companies across the entire business sector will be able to find a call for proposals suited to their R&D needs.

    Published: 11.05.2015
  • SIOS – Large-scale project for international cooperation on infrastructure in Svalbard to continue

    After four-years of preparations efforts are now underway to launch a new phase of the Svalbard Integrated Earth Observing System (SIOS), the large-scale collaborative research infrastructure project in Svalbard. The objective of the project is to gain a better understanding of the major environmental and climate-related challenges.

    Published: 08.05.2015
  • Room for improvement in engineering sciences

    Three international panels were commissioned by the Research Council of Norway to carry out an evaluation of research in the engineering sciences in Norway. Overall, research in these disciplines is of good quality, and is of high relevance to society, but there are too few Norwegian research groups among the world leaders in the field. The panels recommend expanded basic research activity, increased commercialisation and more international cooperation.

    Published: 07.05.2015