The French Norwegian Foundation promotes long-lasting French/Norwegian cooperation through the financing of joint R&D projects in which both industry and research institutes/universities are involved with the aim of creating cooperation lasting beyond the project-period.
Since 1998 the French-Norwegian Foundation has received an annual grant of three million crowns from The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. Beginning in 2016, this appropriation will be gradually being reduced, therefore FNS will no longer grant support to new projects. Commitments to ongoing projects will be continued until completion. The future role of FNS will be assessed during 2016.
In the course of several projects funded by the Research Council of Norway, the company poLight has been developing technology to further improve the quality of images taken with mobile phone cameras, including the ability to capture close-range photos in much sharper focus than is possible at present.
Transforming an idea into a commercial product can be a lengthy process. Funding from the French Norwegian Foundation (FNS) has played a vital role for Tool-Tech AS, a company that designs new instrumentation and equipment for the subsea industry.
Shellfish cultivation is a large and important industry in Normandy in France, but space is at a premium in the region’s busy coastal areas. The project “Spatial Information System for Aquaculture in Normandy and Norway (SISQUONOR)”, funded by the French-Norwegian Foundation, is applying virtual technology from Norway to help French shellfish producers to identify optimal locations for new cultivation operations.
Quantifying patients’ pain more precisely will make it easier to find the optimal way to treat it on an individual basis. This is the concept behind the Pain Monitor project, funded by the French-Norwegian Foundation. The project has developed a new way of thinking about pain management that is attracting major international interest.