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  • What will Norway live on after oil?

    In her remarks at the 2015 Focus on Business seminar, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg focused on the need for creativity and innovation in the quest for new sources of revenue for Norway. The seminar is the Research Council of Norway’s annual event for trade and industry and other actors involved in innovation and industry-oriented research.

    Published: 24.04.2015
  • Research into prime numbers earns top prize

    Five young scientists captured the top prize in their respective categories of the Norwegian Contest for Young Scientists, with projects on Lolita, prime numbers, the Kuramoto model, Women’s prisons under the Franco regime and an analysis of the Norwegian novels, Hunger and Naive. Super.

    Published: 23.04.2015
  • NOK 70 million for international partnerships

    The Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) are collaborating on the new programme on International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research (INTPART). The programme’s first call for proposals has an application deadline of 27 May.

    Published: 23.04.2015
  • NOK 900 million to be distributed

    Close to NOK 900 million in funding was announced for the application deadline of 15 April 2015. NOK 250 million of this amount will go towards the activities of a new biotechnology centre. All in all, 258 grant applications were received in this funding round.

    Published: 22.04.2015
  • Norwegian-Indian research cooperation moving forward

    India’s new ambassador to Norway recently visited the Research Council of Norway to discuss the steadily expanding research collaboration between the two countries. Areas of potential cooperation include polar and health research, agriculture/the bioeconomy and energy.

    Published: 20.04.2015
  • SkatteFUNN scheme gets second place in EU report

    According to a European Commission study, the SkatteFUNN Tax Incentive Scheme is the second best of 80 different European tax incentive schemes for promoting research and development (R&D).

    Published: 26.03.2015
  • Next application deadline: 15 April 2015

    Are you planning to submit a grant proposal to the Research Council for the 15 April deadline? Follow our advice on how to avoid any last-minute glitches.

    Published: 25.03.2015
  • The FRIPRO scheme to invest in high-potential research groups

    The new application category under the FRIPRO scheme for independent projects – FRIPRO Toppforsk – is designed to give highly promising research groups the opportunity to apply for more ample, more long-term funding. This is part of the effort to help them to become international leaders.

    Published: 23.03.2015
  • Tax deductions for research help Norwegian companies take bold steps

    Just under 5 000 business enterprises throughout Norway took advantage of the qualification-based SkatteFUNN Tax Incentive Scheme in 2014. “It is easy for companies to apply under the SkatteFUNN scheme,” says Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland. “More companies should do it.”

    Published: 18.03.2015
  • Everything revolves around food

    In 2015, the national research festival organised by the Research Council of Norway every autumn will be focused on money, power, resource utilisation, agriculture and aquaculture, climate, poverty and prosperity, the bioeconomy, health, technology, and culture – all in an overall context of food.

    Published: 17.03.2015
  • New initiative to expand the knowledge base for research and innovation policy

    The Research Council of Norway has launched a new initiative on research for research and innovation policy (FORINNPOL). The initiative will span a period of eight years, with an estimated annual budget of just under NOK 20 million.

    Published: 11.03.2015
  • Major boost for independent projects

    The Norwegian universities and the Association of Norwegian Research Institutes (FFA) have agreed once again to join forces with the Research Council of Norway to boost the FRIPRO scheme. This joint funding initiative will result in NOK 1.5 billion over seven years for long-term funding for research groups with the potential to rise to the top internationally.

    Published: 05.03.2015
  • New funding announcement for Centres of Excellence in November

    The Research Council of Norway will be announcing funding for the fourth round of Centres of Excellence (SFF) with an application deadline of 25 November 2015.

    Published: 04.03.2015
  • New funding scheme for open access publication

    The Research Council is seeking to increase publication in open access journals. Research institutions may be granted support for up to half of the costs associated with publication in such journals. The application deadline is 15 April.

    Published: 17.02.2015
  • Norwegian researchers to lead EU technology development for marine monitoring

    A group of researchers from SINTEF ICT in Trondheim has been granted EU funding to develop camera technology that can see two to three times farther under water than is currently possible. Research and industry partners from six other European countries are on the development team.

    Published: 17.02.2015
  • ICT-related applications dominate February deadline

    The Research Council of Norway received 524 grant applications for the 11 February application deadline. Every fourth application was directed to the two calls for proposals under the new initiative on ICT and digital innovation (IKTPLUSS).

    Published: 17.02.2015
  • Nominate candidates for the division research boards

    The Research Council of Norway is seeking nominations for candidates to the four division research boards. The deadline for institutions to submit nominations is 20 February.

    Published: 04.02.2015
  • Satisfied with the Research Council

    A user survey conducted in autumn 2014 shows that grant applicants, recipients and referees feel that the Research Council of Norway is by and large doing a good job. There is a call for a more transparent system that makes it easier to follow the progress of the application process than is the case today.

    Published: 29.01.2015
  • Next application deadline: 11 February 2015

    Are you planning to submit a grant proposal to the Research Council for the 11 February deadline? Follow our advice on how to avoid any last-minute glitches.

    Published: 28.01.2015
  • Record amount of funding for researcher schools

    This spring, the Research Council of Norway will announce approximately NOK 325 million in funding for the establishment of new national researcher schools. The application submission deadline is 15 April 2015.

    Published: 21.01.2015
  • Generating new knowledge for the culture and media sector

    Digitalisation is leading to dramatic changes in the culture and media sector. The Research Council of Norway is announcing funding of NOK 45 million under its new KULMEDIA programme to generate new, important knowledge in this area.

    Published: 13.01.2015
  • First funds from IKTPLUSS

    A record NOK 110 million was awarded to eight Researcher Projects and seven Young Research Talent grants in basic ICT research under the FRIPRO scheme in 2014. Supplementary funding provided by the new IKTPLUSS initiative for ICT contributed considerably to the allocations.

    Published: 12.01.2015
  • Bigger budgets and more measures to boost Norwegian participation in EU research

    Making more funding available for project establishment and positioning activities and providing support to establish and operate EU networks are among the measures aimed to strengthen Norwegian participation in the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

    Published: 09.01.2015
  • Helpful and constructive input

    “The input received in the consultative review of the Research Council of Norway’s proposed new main strategy is extremely useful and will result in a better, more targeted strategy,” says Director General of the Research Council, Arvid Hallén. The strategy is scheduled to be finalised in March 2015.

    Published: 08.01.2015
  • We must continue building upon our strengths

    “Policy innovations will be critical for Norway to succeed in restructuring to a sustainable society,” says Henrik O. Madsen, chair of the Research Council of Norway's new Executive Board.

    Published: 07.01.2015
  • Up-and-coming aquaculture researchers

    The latest newsletter from the HAVBRUK programme presents the research activities of 10 of the 13 doctoral fellows taking part in projects under the programme.

    Published: 07.01.2015
  • New Executive Board of the Research Council

    On 19 December, a new Executive Board was appointed by Royal Decree. The board will take office from 1 January 2015.

    Published: 05.01.2015
  • Upping Norwegian participation in EU health research

    Upping Norwegian participation in EU health research Norwegian health researchers were far less active than their Swedish and Danish counterparts in seeking funding under the EU Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. The Research Council will work to mobilise greater participation under Horizon 2020.

    Published: 22.12.2014
  • Petroleum call focusing og interdisciplinary perspectives

    The Large-scale Programme for Petroleum Research (PETROMAKS 2) and the Programme for Social Science Research Related to the Petroleum Sector (PETROSAM 2) are issuing a joint call for proposals encouraging research groups to look at the challenges facing the petroleum industry in a new light.

    Published: 19.12.2014
  • Seventeen projects to generate knowledge about ecosystems

    A total of NOK 240 million has been awarded to 17 projects to study the responses of ecosystems to changes in climate and the environment as well as the cumulative effects on the ecosystem. Achieving an integrated understanding of ecosystems is essential to solving environmental challenges.

    Published: 19.12.2014