Current reports on policy for research institutes
The Research Council prepares several publications related to follow-up of the research institutes receiving basic allocation, in addition to follow-up on the development of the institute sector.
Current annual reports
Each year, the Research Council publishes annual reports for the research institutes that receives basic allocation. The reports provide a brief presentation of each institute arena with an overview of key figures, important organizational and professional events, the most important publications, in addition to the reporting of the basic allocation. The reports are based on contributions from the institutes themselves and compiled key figures from the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) on behalf of the Research Council of Norway. A report is prepared for each of the four arenas (in Norwegian).
- Annual report 2020 Environmental institutes - key figures, institute presentation and use of basic allocation
- Annual report 2020 Primary industry institutes - key figures, institute presentation and use of basic allocation
- Annual Report 2020 Social science institutes - key figures, institute presentation and use of basic allocation
- Annual report 2020 The Technicalindustrial institutes - key figures, institute presentation and use of basic allocation
Report on follow-up of 12 institutes outside the public basic funding system
The Government's Strategi for en helhetlig instituttpolitikk (Strategy for a holistic institute policy) was launched in February 2020. The Government defines institute policy to apply to the 32 research institutes that receive public basic funding through the Research Council, in addition to 12 institutes outside the public basic funding system. The Research Council was commissioned "to clarify the content of a joint follow-up of the 12 institutes outside the public basic funding system".
- This report constitutes the delivery for this assignment (pdf in Norwegian only)
The report concludes with a recommendation to establish a common follow-up arena for the 12 institutes, which includes the following four elements:
- reporting of key numbers and figures
- reporting on research
- establishment of meeting places
- long term follow-up of scientific quality
Report on public basic funding of research institutes
As a follow-up to the Synthesis Report and the Government's Strategy for Holistic Institute Policy (February 2020), the Ministry of Education and Research has asked the Research Council to review the public basic funding system for research institutes established by the Government in 2008.
- Report on state allocation of public basic funding to research institutes (pdf in Norwegian only)
Follow-up on the report on policy for research institutes
The report, entitled En målrettet og effektiv instituttpolitikk [A targeted, effective research institute policy] (Norwegian only), was made available in November 2018 for open review. After the review process, minor changes were made to the report before it was submitted to the Ministry of Education and Research in January 2019.
On the basis of the report and the ministries’ efforts to develop a new, cohesive policy for research institutes the Research Council will draw up a new strategy for research institutes.
Broad response from the university and institute sector
Much of the input from the review process concerned framework conditions for the sector. While the research institutes are positive towards an increase in their basic funding, the university and university college sector was more sceptical, and questioned how such an increase would be funded.
Evaluations of the four institute arenas
- Evaluation of the Norwegian primary research institutes (2018 – English summary, pdf)
- Evaluation of the Norwegian Social Science Research Institutes (2017 - pdf)
- Evaluation of Norwegian Technical Industrial Research Institutes (2015 - pdf)
- Evaluation of Environmental Research Institutes in Norway (pdf in Norwegian only – 2014)