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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.

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  • Aurora mobility grants for researcher exchange with France

    Deadline September 9, 2015: The Aurora mobility programme seeks to establish and expand the contact between educational and research institutions in Norway and France. Grant applications are being accepted from Norwegian scientific staff/groups of researchers for funding of short-term visits in France for the purpose of launching and developing new joint research projects.

  • Developing new phone camera technology

    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.

  • Tool-Tech AS: Developing new solutions offshore

    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.

  • Norwegian technology to help French shellfish production

    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.

  • Oil&Space

    Franco-Norwegian research cooperation turns 30

    The French-Norwegian Foundation, which turns 30 in 2013, is always seeking new ways to promote research cooperation between France and Norway. The Oil&Space project is a classic example.

  • A user-specific security chip

    OffPAD makes Internet use more secure

    The large number of passwords and user credentials that individuals have to manage is a source of significant security risks. In the Lucidman project, a unique device is being developed with the aim of greatly enhancing security when using Internet services.

  • New way to measure pain

    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.

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