Research Council activities relating to biotechnology

Biotechnology is the application of science and technology to living organisms in order to alter living and non-living materials. As an enabling technology, biotechnology has major potential for knowledge development and innovation in many areas. Biotechnology can play a role in sectors such as agriculture, aquaculture, health care, industry and more.

was allocated for this thematic area in 2018

1 000million 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.

  • development of the agricultural, marine, industrial and health sectors
  • biotechnology and society
  • international cooperation
  • industrial development
  • expertise and infrastructure
  • scientific quality at the forefront of international research 
  • boldness in scientific thinking and innovation 
  • careers for young research talents  
  • high potential for value creation for companies and society
  • companies willing and motivated to conduct research-based innovation activities
  • companies with an international perspective
  • companies that dare to take risks
  • 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. 
  • 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 
  • closed-loop-systems
  • sustainability
  • knowledge-based value creation
  • interdisciplinarity
  • food security
  • safe and healthy food