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  • Summer vacation in Norway

    July is the main vacation month for most Norwegians. During this period and the first week of August the RCN electronic news service will publish news items and disseminate results from Norwegian research only sporadically. We wish those of our readers who are now looking forward to their summer

    Published: 04.07.2014
  • Research pays off for companies and society

    Companies and society both benefit when the private sector invests in knowledge, a recent survey shows. The survey measured the results and effects of funding allocated by the Research Council of Norway to research in the industrial sector.

    Published: 03.07.2014
  • Norwegian EUREKA chairmanship draws to a close

    The Norwegian chairmanship of the European innovation organisation EUREKA was concluded on 30 June. Key activities during the chairmanship period include designing a new strategy for the organisation, the launch of a new Eurostars programme and the addition of South Africa as an associated member.

    Published: 03.07.2014
  • New minimum basic funding requirements

    The Research Council has expanded the minimum requirements that research institutes must satisfy to receive public basic funding.

    Published: 03.07.2014
  • Petroleum research still relevant and ethical

    Norway’s National Committee for Research Ethics in Science and Technology (NENT) has conducted a review of ethical issues related to petroleum research. The committee concludes that it is ethically justifiable and warranted to carry out petroleum research as long as it does not impede restructuring efforts targeted towards renewable forms of energy.

    Published: 01.07.2014
  • National strategy for the health and care sector launched

    The Health&Care 21 strategy is Norway’s first national research and innovation strategy for the health and care services. The strategy will form the basis for the further development of the services in this key area of society.

    Published: 01.07.2014
  • Largest funding pot ever for innovation research in industry

    The Research Council of Norway is announcing NOK 850 million for allocation to Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector. This is the largest funding pot to be made available for this type of grant to date.

    Published: 26.06.2014
  • Moth invasions cause widespread damage in the sub-arctic birch forest

    In just seven years, as much as one-third of the mountain-birch forest in the North Calotte region was severely defoliated by two moth species. Researchers now have a better understanding of what happened.

    Published: 24.06.2014
  • A boost for open access to research

    The Research Council of Norway is introducing a new, five-year funding scheme that will cover a significant share of the costs incurred by research institutions for publication in open access journals.

    Published: 24.06.2014
  • New project databank with advanced statistical capabilities

    The Research Council of Norway has now launched its new project databank. This open, interactive tool enables anyone to instantly customise statistical overviews of Research Council grants dating back to 1997.

    Published: 23.06.2014
  • Nok 10 million to Norwegian partners in joint call with the Russian Foundation for Humanities

    Nok 10 million to Norwegian partners in joint call with the Russian Foundation for Humanities In a joint call with the Russian Foundation for Humanities the NORRUSS programme opens for social science projects. The application deadline is 3 September and project type is Researcher project. The call

    Published: 18.06.2014
  • 30 mill kroner to Norwegian partners in joint call for proposals with RFBR.

    30 mill kroner to Norwegian partners in joint call for proposals with RFBR. Call for proposals within basic research with application deadline 3. September targeting challenges for the petroleum and maritime sector in the Arctic. MAROFF and PETROMAKS 2 participate together with NORRUSS in a common

    Published: 18.06.2014
  • Norway more innovative than previous surveys suggest

    In a new survey, Statistics Norway finds that Norwegian trade and industry has far more innovators than indicated by previous international surveys of innovation capacity.

    Published: 16.06.2014
  • Marine Science Week adds to Norwegian-Japanese cooperation

    For the second consecutive year, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Japan, Innovation Norway and the Research Council of Norway have co-hosted a Norwegian-Japanese science week in Tokyo.

    Published: 13.06.2014
  • Regional research initiative for North Norway to continue

    Allocations to the Research Council of Norway’s regional, long-term Research Initiative for North Norway (NORDSATSING) will continue for another three years. Drill-cuttings management, satellite monitoring and ice on petroleum platforms are among the topics to be addressed using this research funding.

    Published: 12.06.2014
  • Investing more in research on societal security

    The Research Council of Norway’s Research Programme on Societal Security (SAMRISK II) recently awarded NOK 55 million in funding to six new projects. According to Minister of Justice and Public Security Anders Anundsen, there are plans to further increase Norwegian research activity in this field.

    Published: 12.06.2014
  • Key figures for the Research Council for 2013

    The most recent edition of the publication “Key figures for the Research Council” features among other things detailed statistics on grant applications and funding awards, distributed by subject field, type of institution and funding instrument.

    Published: 12.06.2014
  • Milestone in salmon research – genome fully sequenced

    After five years of international research cooperation between Norway, Chile and Canada, the Atlantic salmon’s genetic material has been fully sequenced.

    Published: 10.06.2014
  • New knowledge revolutionising feeds

    Over the past few years, the salmon farming industry has gone from being a major consumer of marine protein to becoming a net producer of it – a turnaround made possible by a deeper understanding of the nutritional requirements of salmon.

    Published: 30.05.2014
  • New technology can prevent salmon lice

    The battle against salmon lice is being waged on many fronts, including the technological front. Simple and advanced solutions alike can be effective.

    Published: 28.05.2014
  • Norwegian researchers willing to share research data

    The findings of a new study show that most Norwegian researchers are in favour of making research data accessible to other scientists. Nearly three of four researchers are willing to share their data. Eight of ten believe that open access to research data enhances research.

    Published: 26.05.2014
  • Norwegian and South African researchers take on global challenges together

    The launching conference of the new South Africa - Norway research co-operation programme (SANCOOP) embodied the long standing friendship between the two nations.

    Published: 19.05.2014
  • A treasure trove for research in Svalbard

    A new version of RiS – the indispensable database for anyone performing research in or around Svalbard – is now launched, putting everything researchers and others need in a single place.

    Published: 19.05.2014
  • Who is deserving of the Research Council awards for 2014?

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

    Published: 13.05.2014
  • The Research Council strengthens regional efforts

    The Research Council of Norway’s first policy for regional efforts is now in place. The new policy will promote the use of more research in regional development activities.

    Published: 12.05.2014
  • Norway’s international research collaboration under scrutiny

    The Research Council of Norway’s comprehensive analysis of cooperation between Norwegian and international researchers is completed. The report offers recommendations about the countries and institutions with which Norway should strengthen cooperation.

    Published: 09.05.2014
  • Focused on religious and cultural diversity

    Eight projects have been allocated a total of NOK 65 million from the Programme on the Cultural Conditions Underlying Social Change (SAMKUL) to generate new knowledge about the increasing religious and cultural diversity of society today.

    Published: 09.05.2014
  • 14 new research infrastructures made the list

    Fourteen new projects have been added to the Norwegian Roadmap for Research Infrastructure 2014, which provides an overview of laboratories, databases and equipment that are of particular importance for Norwegian research.

    Published: 02.05.2014
  • New R&D policy for university colleges

    University colleges play an important role in the interplay between research, education and innovation. The Research Council of Norway is now presenting a new policy for R&D activity at university colleges.

    Published: 29.04.2014
  • A boost for basic ICT research

    An additional NOK 54 million has been allocated to Norwegian ICT research through the funding scheme for independent projects (FRIPRO) in cooperation with the new large-scale research programme on ICT (IKT2025).

    Published: 15.04.2014