Approved research organisations

A research organisation is an entity, irrespective of its legal status (organised under public or private law) or way of financing, whose primary goal is to independently conduct fundamental research and/or applied research (industrial research and experimental development).

Qualified organisations

The following types of organisations are approved as research organisations by the Research Council, and are eligible to serve as Project Owners and/or partners in grant applications and projects stipulating that these roles must be held by approved research organisations:

  • universities, specialised university colleges and university colleges accredited at the institution level by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT);
  • health trusts/hospitals with legally mandated research and development tasks and private, non-profit hospitals that are encompassed by the national system for measuring research activity under the Ministry of Health and Care Services;
  • research organisations encompassed by the Norwegian guidelines for public basic funding of research institutes;
  • entities in the public sector body that are required to conduct research (see definition of "public sector body" here.)
  • other organisations that have research as an objective and have been assessed and approved in accordance with the definition of research organisation in the state aid rules and an overall assessment carried out by the Research Council.

Applying for a qualification

Other entities may apply for qualification as a research organisation by the Research Council, and will be assessed and approved according to the Research Council’s guidelines for approval of research organisations:

  • A research organisation is an entity, irrespective of its legal status (organised under public or private law) or way of financing, whose primary goal is to independently conduct fundamental research and/or applied research (industrial research and experimental development).
  • The entity must be registered in the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities and be assigned a nine-digit organisation number.
  • Entities that also conduct economic activities must keep separate accounts for their economic activities and their non-economic activities.
  • The entity must not pay out dividends from its activities, and undertakings that can exert a decisive influence upon such an entity, in the quality of, for example, shareholders or members, may not enjoy preferential access to the results generated by it.
  • In a research organisation, a minimum of 30 per cent of the person-years, comprising at least 5 person years, must be R&D full-time equivalents.

An entity that has been classified as a research organisation by the Research Council is not permitted act simultaneously as a private company in grant applications to the Research Council.

A public sector entity that has been classified as a research organisation is allowed to act both as a public entity and as a research organisation in grant applications to the Research Council, but not within the same application type under the same funding announcement.

Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) may submit grant applications to those Research Council funding announcements that clearly state they are targeting TTOs.

Deviation from the EU definition

The Research Council’s definition of research organisation deviates somewhat from the EU definition, among other reasons in order to reflect the stipulations of the EFTA Surveillance Authority and the state aid rules.

 

Applications for qualification as a research organisation

Applications for qualification as a research organisation should be sent to post@forskningsradet.no.

What to include in an application

The application should contain the following information:

  • the organisation’s bye-laws/statutes;
  • annual accounts for the past three fiscal years, including the auditor’s report;
  • formal certificate of registration from the Register of Business Enterprises in Brønnøysund;
  • documentation that the organisation carries out independent R&D activities, for instance an overview of research projects carried out the last three years, including information about funders and funding amount;
  • overview of R&D FTEs and number of employees;
  • description of how the organisation’s objectives are of benefit to the public, including whether all profits are reinvested in the organisation’s activities;
  • documentation that the owner or other closely related parties are not privy to direct or indirect gains.

 

Approved organisations listed

The list below provides an overview of the organisations that have been approved as research organisations in accordance with the Research Council’s criteria.

Organisations that are not listed below must apply for qualification as a research organisation in accordance with the Research Council's criteria.

 

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