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.
The Research Council has drawn up a report with recommendations for policy on research institutes based on evaluations of the four institute groups. Following a consultative review process, a revised report has been submitted to the Ministry of Education and Research.
Institutes must budget hourly rates that they calculate and stipulate themselves based on actual costs and efficient operation for all R&D projects that receive contributions from the Research Council. The rates must be reported to the Research Council on an annual basis.
There are 32 research institutes receiving basic funding under this scheme, which is administered by the Research Council. Click above for information about the requirements for receiving basic public funding.
STIM-EU funding is designed to increase participation of Norwegian research institutes in the EU framework programmes for research, innovation and technological development. This funding is entirely results-based; it is not possible to apply for it.