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The purpose of the Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) is to build up and strengthen Norwegian research groups that work in close collaboration with partners from innovative industry and innovative public enterprises.

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  • New policy for researcher recruitment to increase interaction and international mobility

    The Research Council of Norway has drawn up a new policy for recruitment to the research sector.

  • Read final reports from the first 14 SFI centres

    You can now download and read final reports from the first 14 Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) that completed their work in 2015.

  • SFI in Research Europe

    The latest edition of Research Europe magazine writes about the SFI scheme, including interviews with Research Council CEO Arvid Hallén and SAMCoT Director Sveinung Løset.

  • Midterm evaluation of the Centres for Research-based Innovation:

    All seven centres to continue

    The seven Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) established in 2011 have undergone a midterm evaluation conducted by panels of international experts. All the SFI centres were given a positive evaluation.

  • Nine new Centres for Research-based Innovation launched

    The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the independent research foundation SINTEF are the host institutions for 9 of the 17 new Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) awarded funding from the Research Council of Norway last year.

  • Midway evaluation reports

    The reports from the midway evaluation of the seven centres established in 2011 (SFI-II) are now available from the webpage Midway evaluation.

  • Watch video about SFI IO Center

    SFI IO Center has recently launched a video, presenting how the centre works on developing new methods and tools for integrated operations in the petroleum industry.

  • Successful prototype test of new underwater camera system

    For the first time, the underwater vision system Deep Vision from SFI CRISP has been tested in the sea. The test was successful, and a fully functioning version will be launched at a research cruise organized by CRISP in March 2015.


    17 new Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) announced

    “These centres will expand the innovation capacity of the Norwegian business sector and provide a more stable framework for the research groups to carry out their industry-oriented research,” stated Director General of the Research Council of Norway, Arvid Hallén, when he announced the list of Norway’s new SFI centres on 21 November.

  • R&D centre renovating the concrete industry

    Activities at the SFI COIN Concrete Innovation Centre, one of the centres for research-based innovation under the Research Council of Norway, have generated knowledge and expertise on how to produce concrete with greater efficiency, less environmental impact and using more advanced materials.

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