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Our strategic plans

In its role as an advisory body on research policy issues, a central task of the Research Council is to initiate and prepare strategic plans and policy documents for individual disciplines, subject areas and research topics.

The links below will take you directly to a webpage or to the Research Councils publications database where you may download the document associated with the link.

See also our main strategy.

Research for Sustainable Societal and Industrial Development
The Research Council's strategy for sustainability highlights the role that research and innovation  will play in achieving the SDGs. The strategy presents the ways in which the Research Council incorporates sustainability perspectives into its activities as well as what this implies in various areas.
Download by clicking at the pdf-icon at our publication base.

Strategy for the Research Council of Norway for an innovative business sector

If more Norwegian companies are to compete more successfully internationally, they must make greater use of research-based knowledge, invest more in R&D and actively apply research-based innovation to fully realise the potential for value creation to be found in addressing societal challenges, in Norwegian natural
resources and in new technology. 
Download (in Norwegian with English summary): Strategy for an innovative business sector 

Roadmaps for bilateral research

The Research Council of Norway has drawn up roadmaps for cooperation with eight priority countries outside of the EU/EEU: Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa and the US. See Roadmaps for bilateral research cooperation with priority partner countries

The Research Council's policy for basic research

The Research Council promotes basic research that expands research frontiers and contributes to scientific renewal, but considers it crucial to include basic research in contexts involving issues of benefit to society as well. 
Download (in Norwegian with English summary): The Research Council's policy for basic research 2015-2020

Norwegian polar research, Research Policy 2014–2023

Norway’s interests in the Arctic and Antarctic and its national as well as international commitments carry with them an added responsibility to develop the knowledge needed to ensure sound management and responsible economic activity in the polar regions. Download: Norwegian polar research  

National strategy for research infrastructure

With state of the art research infrastructure at its disposal, the Norwegian research community can ensure adequate recruitment of new researchers, as well as promote Norway as an attractive partner for international research cooperation and a desirable choice when domestic and international companies are considering where to conduct their research activities.

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