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Social science institutes

The social science institutes supply research for policy development to various segments of the public administration.

The social science institutes comprise a diverse group with widely differing research profiles. Their research activities span from basic to applied research and encompass a broad range of social science thematic areas and research questions. The public sector is the most important commissioner of research for all of the social science institutes.

The institutes are dispersed throughout the country. Some are regionally oriented, with close ties to the region in which they are located as regards research topics and the organisations commissioning the research.

Public basic funding for the social science institutes is allocated by the Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via the Research Council of Norway. The following social science institutes receive public basic funding: