The Norwegian Research Council is the government's main instrument to develop and implement national research strategies. It is responsible for enhancing Norway's knowledge base and promoting basic and applied science towards all industry sectors. The Research Council also works actively to encourage international research cooperation and serves as the offical connection to EU's framework programs.
Three core objectives:
- The Research Council serves as an advisory body on research policy, identifies research needs and recommends national priorities.
- Through the establishment and implementation of targeted funding schemes, the Research Council facilitates the translation
of national research policy objectives into action, including a special responsibility to follow up the Parliaments white
paper "Commitment to Research" from 2005.
- The Research Council supports networking and creates a forum where the scientific community, funding agencies, industry as well as other users of research findings, can meet and interact.
Some important links:
"FUGE" - a large scale grant program on FUnctional GEnomics:
The Centres of Excellence scheme (SFF) supports academic centres focusing on long-term basic reasearch of high international standard.
The Centres for Research-based Innovation scheme (SFI) aims to establish public-private partnerships and strengthen Norwegian research groups working closely with industry.
The Norwegian Centres of Expertise scheme (NCE) is financed jointly by Innovation Norway and SIVA (the Industrial Development Corporation of Norway), supporting established innovation clusters within several sectors.