We help empowering ideas for a better world
We invest in the best research and innovation and provide arenas for dialogue. We share knowledge and help others succeed.
The Research Council (also the Research Council of Norway; Norwegian: Norges forskningsråd) is a Norwegian government agency that funds research and innovation projects. On behalf of the Government, the Research Council invests NOK 11,4 billion (2022) annually.
The Research Council is responsible for promoting basic and applied research and innovation. This is done by managing research funding and by advising the authorities on research policy, among other things through proposals for the research budget in the National Budget.
The Research Council works to promote international research and innovation, cooperation, and has several schemes to mobilize Norwegian applicants for the EU Research and Innovation Program. Other tasks include creating meeting places for researchers, trade and industry, public administration, public actors, and other users of research.
The Research Council was established in 1993 through the merging of five different previously created research councils. The Research Council has approximately 360 employees (2023). It has local representatives in nine different regions of Norway. Since 23 June 2014, the Research Council's main office is located just outside of Oslo
Our Executive Leadership Team
Our executive leadership team consists of five executive directors, who together make up the closest leader group of our chief executive, Mari Sundli Tveit.
Our Executive Board
Our executive board is responsible for monitoring the works and advising on research policy. Here you will find an overview of members, board meetings and board papers.
Our Portfolio Boards
We have 16 portfolio boards. Each of them is responsible for making investments within one or more of our priorities. Read more about our portfolio boards.
Find our employees
Here you will find an overview of all our employees. You can search by name, position and department.
See the Research Council's articles of association on Lovdata. The statutes are laid down by Royal Decree. Today's articles of association entered into force on 1 December 2018.
International Advisory Board
The International Advisory Board is an independent standing committee of international experts, appointed by our Chief Executive.
- Forward-looking: We create solutions that simplify everyday life for users and employees. We are constantly looking for better solutions and are effective in our processes.
- Responsible: We promote solutions for a better society. We are responsible and accurate in our administration, and in meetings with partners and colleagues.
- Direct: We give direct and explicit advice and communicate openly. We have a strong identity. We engage in external arenas and help make the research effect evident.
- Engaged: We address the challenges the world is facing. We empower ideas, research and innovation the world needs.
Assistance for public and private actors
We have developed a professional application assessment device and have an extensive international network of national and international specialists that we use in our processes.
Annually we award two prizes at NOK 500,000 each. Anyone can make suggestions for candidates.