Norwegian research policy
The Research Council serves as strategic adviser, funding agency and network builder and bases its activities on national research policy and guidelines established by the norwegian Government.
Key policy documents
Norwegian research policy is laid down in Report No. 30 (2008-2009) to the Storting: Climate for Research, which identifies areas of research expected to play a crucial role in meeting key challenges facing society.
upholds the Government's long term ambition that total R&D expenditure will constitute 3 per cent of GDP
emphasises the need to focus on major global challenges relating to energy, climate, poverty and health
incorporates perspectives relating to the northern areas
sets clear targets for the role of the public sector in industry-oriented research
signals a desire to increase investment in basic research
suggests a new funding model for infrastructure
sets clear targets for increased recruitment
advocates greater focus on internationalisation
states that resource use throughout the research sector will be evaluated
Report on innovation
The Ministry of Trade and Industry presented Norway's first white paper on innovation, Report No. 7 (2008-2009) to the Storting - An Innovative and Sustainable Norway - in December 2008. The report was debated in the Storting in the spring of 2009.
Report on regional development
In Report No. 12 (2006-2007) to the Storting on regional development in Norway, the Government suggested a transfer of power and authority from the state to a new, regional level of the electoral government.
The Research Council has implemented activities designed to enhance the ability of the regions and regional players to qualify for participation in national and international competitive R&D arenas. The Research Council plays a key role in the ongoing effort to establish regional research funds.
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