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  • 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
  • Next application deadline: 15 October 2014

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

    Published: 02.10.2014
  • Mobilising to develop green industry

    Norway lags behind the other Nordic countries in terms of bioeconomy turnover. The Research Council of Norway and Innovation Norway are joining forces to create a foundation for sustainable industry for the future.

    Published: 30.09.2014
  • Humanistiske perspektiver må inn tidlig

    – Humanistene må være med å legge premissene for store satsinger i Forskningsrådet. Det er for sent å komme inn når programprosessene er ferdige.

    Published: 24.09.2014
  • Funding for British partners in Norwegian projects – and vice-versa

    The Research Council of Norway has signed an agreement with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), paving the way for closer cooperation between Norwegian and British researchers in these areas.

    Published: 23.09.2014
  • New initiatives to integrate marine and environmental research

    Three new programmes in the areas of marine research and environmental research at the Research Council of Norway are being planned simultaneously to ensure they complement each other as much as possible.

    Published: 18.09.2014
  • Close to NOK 1 billion for health research in 2013

    Cancer research and mental health research received NOK 155 million and NOK 106 million, respectively, of the Research Council of Norway’s overall investment of almost NOK 1 billion in health-related research in 2013.

    Published: 17.09.2014
  • Record number of companies seeking tax deduction for innovation projects

    In the last year, the number of applications to the SkatteFUNN R&D Tax Incentive Scheme has risen by 20 per cent. These figures show that innovation activity among Norwegian companies is on the rise.

    Published: 17.09.2014
  • Ecosystem effects largest individual thematic area for September deadline

    The Research Council of Norway received a total of 1 064 grant applications for the 3 September deadline. Of these, 180 applications were submitted under the large-scale joint call for proposals on ecosystem effects.

    Published: 15.09.2014
  • Key figures for 2013 in English

    Selected parts of the Norwegian publication containing key figures for the Research Council are now published in English.

    Published: 15.09.2014
  • Bold cooperation agreement to promote green growth

    The Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway, Enova and Transnova will be joining hands to invest over NOK 1 billion annually to stimulate green growth in Norway.

    Published: 12.09.2014
  • New guidelines for STIM-EU scheme

    The new guidelines for the STIM-EU stimulation scheme to encourage independent research institutes to seek greater participation in the EU Framework Programmes will make support available to a wider range of research institutes. Institutes that assume coordinator responsibilities or incorporate participation of companies will qualify for special rewards. No applications for funding are required.

    Published: 29.08.2014
  • Transparency promotes sustainable tax systems

    Very important transparency benefits are achieved through the exchange of tax information between different countries’ authorities. This can result in better tax systems and thereby higher tax revenues for developing countries.

    Published: 19.08.2014
  • Effective climate agreement not likely

    According to a group of Norwegian researchers, the prospects for achieving an effective international climate treaty are poor. The measures that are politically feasible are ineffective and the measures that would be effective are politically infeasible.

    Published: 13.08.2014
  • 20 mill NOK for Indo-Norwegian cooperation on energy research

    India and Norway have launched a joint call for bilateral Indo-Norwegian research projects, aiming to achieve world-class scientific results.

    Published: 11.08.2014
  • Tax havens: Heaven or hell?

    Investments in tax havens contribute to weakening poor countries economically and in terms of development, but the West shows little willingness to change.

    Published: 07.08.2014
  • What happens to people’s willingness to pay tax when the richest dodge their responsibilities?

    Billions of dollars are yearly withheld from national taxation via a handful of tax havens. How does that affect the tax system and people’s willingness to pay tax in developing countries with weak governmental institutions?

    Published: 05.08.2014