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  • Increased funding of challenge-driven humanities research

    Humanities research has an important role to play in the efforts to solve major societal challenges. The Research Council of Norway therefore aims to increase its funding of humanities research from three per cent to five per cent of its overall allocations by 2022.

    Published: 02.07.2018
  • Midterm evaluations lead to continued financing for all SFF centres

    International scientific committees have evaluated the 13 Centres of Excellence in research that began their activities in 2013. All the centres will receive funding for a new five-year period, but four of the centres were asked to prepare new research strategies before they were approved.

    Published: 29.06.2018
  • Updated general terms and conditions for new R&D projects

    The Research Council has updated its standard terms and conditions for R&D projects. The updated "General Terms and Conditions for R&D Projects" will apply for funded projects that are based grant applications received from 1 July 2018 and onwards.

    Published: 28.06.2018
  • Changes to the grant application form

    The next time you create a grant application for the Research Council of Norway you will see that it includes a number of new items. Start working on your application well before the submission deadline to identify all the information you will need to be able to fill in the form correctly.

    Published: 25.06.2018
  • Primary industry institutes a key to sustainability

    The Research Council of Norway’s evaluation of the primary industry institutes shows that they operate in areas of high and increasing importance, nationally and internationally, but that they can contribute even more to national economic restructuring and the development of more sustainable primary industries.

    Published: 25.06.2018
  • Norway and Singapore to continue research cooperation

    The Research Council of Norway and the maritime authorities of Singapore have renewed their Memorandum of Understanding on maritime research. A new joint call for proposals has been issued, with an application submission deadline of 12 September 2018.

    Published: 22.06.2018
  • Norwegian social sciences research is of good quality, but few groups have global impact

    An evaluation of Norwegian social sciences research has been carried out under the direction of the Research Council of Norway. The quality of research activity is generally good to very good, but researchers could do more to develop the field of research and to reach out internationally.

    Published: 21.06.2018
  • Four joint Indo-Norwegian researcher projects within bio economy

    Under the Agreement of Cooperation in Science & Technology concluded between the Government of India and the Government of Norway, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Government of India and the Research Council of Norway (RCN) have started a program for joint funding of Indo-Norwegian joint research projects in mutually agreed fields to achieve world-class scientific results.

    Published: 07.06.2018
  • Norway exceeds two per cent share of Horizon 2020 contribution for the first time

    Norway has fulfilled the Government’s ambition to achieve a two per cent share of its EU contribution from Horizon 2020, and has won NOK 5.4 billion of the total competitive funding allocated thus far under the EU Horizon 2020 framework programme.

    Published: 16.05.2018
  • Record number of grant applications for April deadline

    With NOK 2.1 billion in funding available, the 25 April application submission deadline was the largest funding round in the history of the Research Council of Norway. A total of 2 151 grant applications were submitted, also a record high.

    Published: 11.05.2018
  • Opportunities and challenges for Norwegian interdisciplinary research

    The Research Council of Norway has commissioned a case-study based review of interdisciplinary research in Norway. It has also taken a closer look at whether interdisciplinary project applications are discriminated against in the open competitive funding scheme for independent projects (FRIPRO).

    Published: 08.05.2018
  • Two prominent Norwegian researchers each receive EUR 2.5 million in ERC funding

    Harald Stenmark from the University of Oslo and Bertil Tungodden from the Norwegian School of Economics have been awarded Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for cancer research and behavioural research, respectively.

    Published: 25.04.2018
  • Research Council launches gender balance barometer

    The Research Council of Norway now provides statistics over gender distribution in the grant applications submitted and awarded funding. These statistics also include an overview of the gender distribution among project managers from the institutions submitting the most proposals to the Council.

    Published: 24.04.2018
  • Universities recruit talent through Horizon 2020

    Norwegian universities are systematically using Horizon 2020, to recruit foreign talent. These efforts are paying off in the form of more MSCA Individual Fellowships.

    Published: 23.04.2018
  • Successful centre-based collaboration between institutions and companies – but more can be achieved

    The Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI) have succeeded at competence building and researcher recruitment in areas of major importance to Norwegian trade and industry, according to a new evaluation.

    Published: 16.04.2018
  • Next application deadline: 25 April

    Are you planning to submit a grant proposal to the Research Council for the 25 April deadline? Follow our advice on how to avoid any last-minute glitches.

    Published: 16.04.2018
  • Research Council’s annual report 2017

    According to the Research Council’s 2017 annual report, the organisation is successfully performing its tasks, although there is still room for improvement in certain areas. 

    Published: 13.04.2018
  • Updated Norwegian strategy and roadmap for research infrastructure

    The Research Council of Norway has updated its national strategy for research infrastructure. The roadmap with area strategies has also been updated and will provide the strategic framework for this year’s call for proposals.

    Published: 26.03.2018
  • Future funding opportunities for research on Latin America

    Ten years of the Latin America programme are over. There are several future funding opportunities for Latin America researchers even though the programme has ended.

    Published: 23.03.2018
  • Adjustments to the FRIPRO Mobility Grant

    Starting from this year's application deadline, the Research Council of Norway (RCN) is introducing two changes for applications to the FRIPRO Mobility Grant.

    Published: 14.03.2018
  • Easier-to-use application form

    The new version of the grant application form offers simpler navigation, provides users with a better overview and makes it easier to enter more detailed budget information.

    Published: 08.03.2018
  • New courses give you a leg up when applying to Horizon 2020

    The Research Council of Norway offers several free courses on Horizon 2020 at both beginners and advanced level. Whether you are working on a project proposal for Horizon 2020 or you are in the operating phase of your Horizon 2020 project, the courses will provide many useful tips and practical advice on what the EU is looking for.

    Published: 07.03.2018
  • Secured Norway’s second biggest EU project

    A Norwegian industry consortium has secured EU funding to become Europe's new major supplier of rare earth elements. SINTEF’s network and experience of the EU system was a success factor.

    Published: 06.03.2018
  • International eyes on the Research Council

    In order to obtain an international perspective on the Research Council of Norway and Norwegian research and innovation policy, raise important issues for debate and avoid unhealthy, premature and exaggerated consensus, the Research Council of Norway has appointed an International Advisory Board. The Board’s first meeting took place on 2 March.

    Published: 02.03.2018
  • More companies granted tax deductions under the SkatteFUNN scheme in 2017

    More than 7 600 projects received support under the SkatteFUNN tax deduction scheme in 2017, a ten per cent increase from the year before. There was growth in all counties and nearly all industries in Norway.

    Published: 02.03.2018
  • Successful Latin America programme is coming to an end

    The Research Council's Latin America programme is in its final phase. A recent evaluation concludes that it has achieved its primary objective of increasing knowledge about Latin America in Norway by supporting high-quality research.

    Published: 20.02.2018
  • Research Council honours three talented researchers

    The Research Council of Norway’s three Awards for Young Outstanding Researchers have been awarded this year to cancer researcher Kyrre Eeg Emblem, nanotechnologist Øivind Wilhelmsen and linguist Terje Lohndal. The winners each receive a cash prize of NOK 500 000.

    Published: 16.02.2018
  • Over NOK 1 billion for innovation in companies

    Funding of upwards of NOK 1 billion has been awarded by the Research Council to 130 companies for R&D activity. The funding is to promote innovation and create new jobs in the Norwegian business sector. 

    Published: 13.02.2018
  • New strategy for innovation in the public sector

    “There is a pressing need for a new approach in research and innovation efforts within and for the public sector. We are very pleased to present our new strategy in this crucial area,” says John-Arne Røttingen, Chief Executive of the Research Council of Norway.

    Published: 09.02.2018
  • Don’t wait for a perfect CV to apply for ERC funding

    Jill Walker Rettberg has been awarded EUR 2 million to conduct research on how new technology affects how we see ourselves and understand the world.

    Published: 09.02.2018