Evaluation of natural sciences 2022-2023

By evaluating Norwegian research and higher education we aim to enhance the quality, relevance and efficiency. The evaluation of natural sciences will take place in 2022 and 2023.

The Research Council evaluates Norwegian academic communities to create a solid and up-to-date knowledge base on Norwegian research and higher education in an international perspective. Such knowledge is useful for the institutions participating in the evaluation, for The Research Council of Norway who advise the authorities on how research should be further developed, and for the authorities that set goals and frameworks for research and higher education.

We are now evaluating Norwegian natural sciences. The evaluation will take place in 2022 and 2023. In 2023-2024 we will evaluate mathematics, ICT and technology.

These subjects were last evaluated in the period 2009-2015.

Participating units

We have invited Norwegian research institutions to participate in the evaluation. Institutions registered as of 4. January 2021 (pdf)


The main objective of the academic evaluation is to assess the quality of Norwegian natural sciences, the framework conditions for research and the relevance of research to key areas of society. The evaluation shall result in recommendations to the institutions, the Research Council and the ministries.

Involvement of the institutions

The assessment will comprise a number of administrative units submitted to the evaluation by their host institution. An evaluation mandate will be adapted for each participating institution to ensure that the result from the evaluation is useful for the institution's strategic development. This means that the institutions participate in the planning and design of the mandate and in the selection of relevant evaluation data and indicators. The institutions will also be invited to collect data that will be used as a basis for assessing the evaluation criteria defined locally.

Evaluation committees

The administrative units will be assessed by evaluation committees according to sectorial affiliation and/or other relevant similarities between the units. The evaluation committee will have expertise in the main disciplines of the natural sciences and various aspects of the organization and management of research and higher education. The committee will consist of 7-9 international evaluation members per evaluation committee.

Expert panels

The administrative units will be invited to submit their research groups to be assessed by expert panels organised by research subjects or themes. The expert panels will assess research groups across institutions and sectors. The expert panels will consist of 5-7 international experts per panel.

Academic secretariat

The Research Council has established an external academic secretariat for the evaluation. The secretariat will coordinate data collection from the institutions and process and analyze the collected material from CRIStin, NIFU's researcher personnel register, Databases for Statistics on Higher Education (DBH) and the Studiebarometeret.

The evaluation step by step

The Research Council prepares an evaluation protocol describing roles, processes and tasks in the evaluation work. The protocol provides a framework for the design of evaluation mandates for each institution by specifying common evaluation dimensions and criteria.

The objective of Phase 1 is to adapt the evaluation mandates for each institution. The mandate is based on the evaluation protocol and reflects the institutions' own strategies and distinctiveness. Period: Spring 2022.

In phase 2, the institutions, the secretary and the Research Council are working to collect data for the evaluation. The data is obtained partly from national databases and partly locally at the institutions. The Research Council will provide analyses of the data basis that will be used to assess common mandatory evaluation criteria, while the institutions will collect other data to be used as a basis for assessing their own strategies. Period: Sping - Autumn 2022.

In phase 3, the evaluation committee will assess the collected data. The committee will prepare a report for each of the institutions based on their respective evaluation mandates. Each research group will receive an assessment report from the expert panel. Period: Spring 2023.

At the end there will be produced a national report for Norwegian research in biosciences building on the assessments of administrative units and the national level assessments produced by the expert panels.

Follow-up of the evaluation

Each institution is responsible for following up the recommendations that apply to their own institution. The Research Council will use evaluation report in the development of funding instruments and in consultation with the ministries.

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