Research Council activities relating to scientific quality

Research groups at the top international level develop completely new knowledge and groundbreaking solutions. Long-term basic research strengthens our ability to solve future challenges. To ensure adequate recruitment to research, it must be attractive to pursue a career as a researcher.

was allocated for this thematic area in 2018

2 800million NOK

The Project Databank provides statistics and information about the projects funded by the Research Council within this thematic area.

Key programmes for this thematic area

Activities under the Research Council’s programmes extend across multiple thematic areas. The programmes listed here are the largest contributors of funding for this thematic area.

  • scientific quality at the forefront of international research 
  • boldness in scientific thinking and innovation 
  • careers for young research talents  
  • The SFF scheme gives Norway’s foremost scientific circles the opportunity to organise their activities in centres that seek to achieve ambitious scientific objectives.
  • The research conducted at the centres must be innovative and have major potential to generate ground-breaking results that advance the international research frontier. 

The ENERGIX programme seeks to facilitate the transition to a low-emission society and promote a competitive Norwegian business sector. 

  • achieve sustainable utilisation and efficient consumption of Norway’s renewable energy resources 
  • reduce Norwegian and global emissions of greenhouse gases 
  • enhance Norway’s security of supply 
  • strengthen innovation in Norwegian trade and industry and the public sector 
  • further develop Norwegian research and educational institutions 

Promotes innovation by providing funding for long-term research conducted in close cooperation between research-performing companies and prominent research groups. 

The SFI centres are to develop expertise of high international calibre in fields of importance for innovation and value creation. 

The IKTPLUSS initiative is the Research Council’s large-scale strategic initiative on information technology and digital innovation. Its objectives are to enhance quality, promote bold thinking, and increase the relevance of Norwegian ICT research.

  • development of the agricultural, marine, industrial and health sectors
  • biotechnology and society
  • international cooperation
  • industrial development
  • expertise and infrastructure

Supports upstream oil and gas activities and has five thematic priority areas: 

  • greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency and the environment 
  • exploration and increased recovery 
  • drilling, completions and intervention
  • production, processing and transport
  • major accidents and the work environment  
  • societal perspectives, governance and markets 
  • fish health and welfare 
  • production biology, nutrition, selective breeding and genetics 
  • production technology and processing technology 
  • targeted initiatives: low trophic-level species, sustainable feed ingredients and safe and healthy seafood 
  • renewable energy 
  • raising energy efficiency 
  • carbon capture and storage 
  • social sciences