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New Norwegian-Chinese agreement will benefit Norwegian trade and industry

The Research Council of Norway recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s Ministry of Science and Technology. The agreement encompasses industry-oriented joint calls for proposals of collaborative research projects on environment-friendly energy and digitalisation. Two calls for proposals related to the agreement are now in the planning stage.  

“This agreement is extremely important for research-intensive Norwegian companies in that it facilitates joint research and development projects with Chinese partners in a number of areas,” states Anne Kjersti Fahlvik, Executive Director of the Industries and Technologies division at the Research Council.

On behalf of the Research Council of Norway, State Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Research, Rebekka Borsch, signed the agreement with Wang Zhigang, China’s Minister of Science and Technology. (Photo: Frode Andersen, Utenrikdsepartementet)

The agreement between the Research Council and the Ministry of Science and Technology promotes long-term, industry-oriented cooperation ranging from research to market-based demonstration activities.

China’s Ministry of Science and Technology and the Research Council will cooperate on joint calls for industry-oriented collaborative projects in the areas of energy and digitalisation, targeted towards research institutions working together with partner companies. The first call, for close to NOK 100 million, is expected to be issued in the spring of 2019.

The agreement was signed in a meeting between President Xi Jinping and King Harald V during a state visit from Norway to China 11–19 October. China is Norway’s largest trading partner in Asia. Over 300 representatives of the Norwegian business sector took part in the state visit.


Written by:
Hilde Totland Harket. Translation: Glenn Wells/Carol B. Eckmann.
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