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Department for Research Infrastructure

Director: Asbjørn Mo

The Research Council provides funding for national infrastructure for research. Under the National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure, funding is available for advanced scientific equipment, large-scale research facilities, electronic infrastructure and scientific databases and collection.

The Department for Research Infrastructure is responsible for updating and developing the Norwegian Roadmap for Research Infrastructure as well as for further expanding and coordinating the Research Council’s role in national and international cooperation on research infrastructure. The targeted basic research programmes that have been established to ensure the best utilisation of Norwegian membership of large-scale international research facilities comprise a key funding instrument for achieving this. 

The department administers the Centres of Excellence scheme (SFF). The objective of the SFF scheme is to promote long-term, basic research of high international calibre as part of the effort to enhance the overall quality of research in Norway.

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