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New Norwegian knowledge hub in Brussels

The Research Council of Norway has had an office in the EU capital of Brussels since 2005. Now, representatives from the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) and Innovation Norway will join us. We will be working together from the NorCore office, a new hub for Norwegian knowledge services.

The objective is to provide even better assistance to Norwegian companies, institutes and research institutions that wish to apply for funding through EU programmes for research, innovation and education.

“In this time of grand societal challenges, research, innovation and education are becoming more important ever than before. We must work together if Norway is to succeed in European research cooperation. This is why it is so important for the Research Council, Innovation Norway and the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education to join forces and strengthen Norway’s presence in Brussels,” said Arvid Hallén at the opening of the NorCore office on Thursday 8 December.

Above: Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council of Norway; Gro Tjore, Deputy Director General and acting director of the Department of Administration at the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU); Mona Skaret, Director of Growth Companies and Clusters at Innovation Norway; Jens Nymand Christensen, Deputy Director-General, Directorate General for Education and Culture, European Commission; Oda Helen Sletnes, Norwegian Ambassador to the EU; Bjørn Haugstad, State Secretary to the Minister of Education and Research; Ruxandra Draghi-Akli, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission. (Photo: Lars Måseide, Mission of Norway to the EU). “Even though we live in the information age, the need for a physical office where people can get help face to face is as important as it was when the Research Council first opened its office here in 2005,” Mr Hallén pointed out.

“Our objective is to boost Norwegian participation in Horizon 2020, Europe’s research and innovation cooperation arena, and to increase Norway’s activities under the Erasmus+ education programme,” said State Secretary to the Minister of Education and Research, Bjørn Haugstad, during the opening ceremony.

“Having a good project is not enough to achieve success. You also need to know how to write an application that stands out and you need to know how things work in Brussels. This is where NorCore comes in,” Mr Haugstad added.

The NorCare knowledge office in Brussels will:

  • Aid Norwegian companies, institutions and researchers in navigating their way in the EU programmes for research, innovation and education and help them to produce successful applications.
  • Promote Norwegian research, innovation and education.
  • Create links between the Norwegian research, education and innovation system in Norway and stakeholders in Brussels.

The centre is being funded by the Ministry of Education and Research.

Written by:
Sindre Mekjan. Translation: Glenn Wells/Carol B. Eckmann.
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