Norway’s research institutes are to help to generate high-quality research results of relevance to trade and industry, the public administration and society at large. The Research Council of Norway has responsibility for strategic planning for the institute sector. The provision of basic funding is the most important instrument in this regard.
Funding for mergers and closer cooperation in the institute sector (2016-2021)
The funds have stimulated mergers and closer institutional cooperation both within the institute sector and across the institute sector and the university and university college sector. Since the scheme was established in 2016, the Research Council has allocated just over NOK 20 million to 17 different merger processes. The scheme will be discontinued from December 2021.