What does the Research Council do?

The Research Council works to promote research and innovation of high quality and relevance and to generate knowledge in priority areas to enable Norway to deal with key challenges to society and the business sector.

was allocated by the Research Council for research and innovation in 2019.

11 423million Norwegian kroner

Executive leadership team

The Research Council’s organisation reflects the spheres of activity of our various stakeholders.

The Executive Board

The Executive Board has 11 members and is responsible for overseeing the Research Council’s activities and providing advice on research policy. The members have broad insight into research, innovation, the business sector and other societal issues, and represent the various geographic regions of Norway.

Portfolio boards

The Research Council has 15 portfolio boards. Each board is responsible for a portfolio of programmes and other activities within a thematic area or a discipline.

Our purpose and values

Our purpose is to facilitate research that promotes innovation and sustainability. We will:

  • convey our messages clearly;
  • think innovatively;
  • be professional in our attitude and actions.


See the statutes of the Research Council on the Lovdata website (in Norwegian only). The statutes are laid down by Royal Decree. The current statutes entered into force 1 December 2018.

The Research Council International Advisory Board

The Research Council has established an independent standing committee of international experts to provide advice on research and innovation policy.

Research Council staff

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