Research Council activities relating to energy

Hydropower is the backbone of the Norwegian energy supply, and the petroleum industry is one of Norway’s largest. Other energy technologies such as solar power, offshore wind power and maritime transport solutions are undergoing rapid development. Energy systems will be undergoing radical changes in the years ahead.

was allocated for this thematic area in 2018

1 900million 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.

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 

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  
  • renewable energy 
  • raising energy efficiency 
  • carbon capture and storage 
  • social sciences 

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

  • greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency and the environment 
  • exploration and increased recovery 
  • drilling, completions and intervention 
  • production, processing and transport 
  • early full-scale CCS value chain in Europe;
  • large-scale storage of CO2 on the Norwegian continental shelf in the North Sea;
  • future solutions for CCS. 

Infrastructure that facilitates high-quality research. 

  • electronic infrastructure (e-infrastructure) 
  • scientific databases  
  • scientific collections 
  • scientific equipment 
  • large-scale research facilities, laboratories 

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. 

Provides funding for research and innovation activities based on nanotechnology, microtechnology and advanced materials for applications within prioritised focus areas in society.

  • 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