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Environmental institutes

The environmental institutes play a vital role in research related to the management of Norway’s natural resources and in knowledge-based development of environmental and climate policy.

The environmental institutes conduct applied research in the fields of the environment, climate, cultural history, social science and natural science. The institutes play a key role in generating knowledge for sustainable societal development.

As well as conducting research, the environmental institutes provide research-based expertise, advice and assistance to the Ministry of Climate and Environment in the context of national and international fora and carry out studies of environmental issues on commission from the ministry.

Eight research institutes with highly diversified tasks in the field of environmental research receive public basic funding via the Research Council of Norway.

These eight research institutes are:

Funding for the environmental institutes comes primarily from the Ministry of Climate and Environment. The Ministry of Transport and Communications funds part of the basic allocation to the Institute of Transport Economics.