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  • 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
  • Next application deadline: 27 May 2015

    Are you planning to submit a grant proposal to the Research Council for the 27 May deadline? Follow our advice on how to avoid any last-minute glitches.

    Published: 19.05.2015
  • 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
  • Norway intensifies R&D cooperation with Singapore

    Norway and Singapore have renewed their long-standing research cooperation and will soon issue their first-ever joint funding announcement.

    Published: 05.05.2015
  • New large-scale programme to strengthen public health and welfare services

    The Research Council of Norway’s new large-scale Programme on Health, Care and Welfare Services Research (HELSEVEL) has an annual budget of NOK 130 million at its disposal to enhance quality, competency and efficiency in state and municipal services.

    Published: 04.05.2015
  • Six young researchers receive prestigious European funding

    Five researchers from the University of Oslo and one from the University of Bergen have won highly-sought after Starting Grants from the European Research Council (ERC).

    Published: 27.04.2015
  • 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
  • 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