Investment plan

The investment plan describes how the portfolio plan is intended to be operationalized. It contains the priorities that form the basis for the use of the portfolio board's own funds, as well as plans for calls for proposals and other activities. The investment plan is for three years, but is updated annually.


The updated investment plan for 2023-2025 will be published at the end of November/beginning of December.

The Investment Plan is part of the governing documents of the Portfolio. Together with the Portfolio Analysis and the Portfolio Plan it gives the Board and the users of the RCN an overview of thematic priorities and funding opportunities within the RCN Portfolio Global Development and International Relations.

The Investment Plan gives a three-year outlook into the thematic priorities and call for proposals for the three sub-portfolios Global Development, International relations, foreign- and security policy and Global Health[1]. The plan is updated annually.

The overall goal for the Portfolio for Global Development and International Relations is to advance the frontiers of research within the relevant thematic areas, to encourage recruitment and development of leaders in research, to strengthen capacity both in Norway and internationally and to secure increased evidence and actionable knowledge concerning Norway´s foreign and security policy, its economic interests as well as its international development agenda. The ambition is to foster excellence in research, to promote knowledge exchange including research informing policymakers and other relevant stakeholders. The research programmes supported by this Portfolio will contribute to meeting the knowledge needs and knowledge sharing related to global and regional challenges, Norway’s role in a globalised world, the established world order and the institutions that underpin it, and trends and developments in other countries that influence Norwegian interests, politically, economically and security-wise, as well as the implementation of its international development agenda.

The Norwegian Research Council will foster cooperation across the Norwegian research community as well as promote international collaboration with research institutions and individual research groups abroad. An important dimension of the portfolio is fair and equitable partnerships with developing countries to strengthen their research capacity on global challenges. In line with the Government's EU-policy there is a strong emphasis on encouraging and enabling Norwegian researchers to participate in the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

The basic ambition of this Portfolio is to promote research enhancing understanding of:

  • the challenges, opportunities and alternative options facing Norway in the pursuit of its international interests and values.
  • the foreign, security and international development policies of countries that are particularly significant in terms of their impact on Norwegian interests.
  • the international system, international cooperation and conflict, and the global and regional institutions as well as Norway´s place therein.

A priority aim for this Portfolio is to oversee and ensure the development and delivery of innovative research, in support of global efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goals, in line with the Research Council's commitment to underpin the Norwegian government's adoption of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

1 Additionally, the portfolio also includes Visjon2030. This is a pilot mechanism on developing and scaling up innovative solutions that promote achievement of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals for education and health. However, Visjon2030 has only had one call for proposals where four innovation projects and one formative research dialogue project were funded. There are no future calls planned for this sub-portfolio.

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