The Research Council of Norway (Norwegian: Norges forskningsråd) is a Norwegian government agency responsible for awarding grands for research as well as promoting research and science. It also advises the Government in matters related to research, and is subordinate the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. The Research Council of Norway total budget in 2009 amounted to NOK 6 165 million. There were five predecessors of the council, each established as independent councils related to their own areas of interest: science and technology (1946), social sciences (1949), agriculture (1949), fisheries (1972) and applied social sciences (1987). The five were merged in 1993 to form the current council. The Research Council of Norway's main office is located at Stenberggata 26 in Oslo. The Research Council has appointed local representatives in nine different regions of Norway.
Learning platform uses quiz concept
Can university students, schoolchildren and employees play their way to knowledge? Can computerised games help to reverse worrisome school drop-out rates? Yes, say the researchers behind the Norwegian-developed Kahoot! learning ...
Higher earners have easier time understanding pensions
People who have higher incomes devote more attention to understanding the pension rules. The information published by the public authorities is designed for too narrow a target group.
Natural disasters: Is your municipality vulnerable?
How vulnerable are municipalities to adverse effects from flooding, strong winds, avalanches, land or mudslides or other natural disasters? In Norway, researchers have developed an interactive map displaying ...
On the trail of ski research
This winter, the Norwegian ski manufacturer Madshus unveiled a new pair of trailblazing skis. The innovation comes as the result of highly targeted research and development efforts.
On the ski trail of success or failure
The glide of a pair of skis is not something to be taken lightly when going for World Championship or Olympic gold. The physical structure on the base of skis is tailored to each venue.
Generating knowledge about how escaped salmon coexist with wild fish
How do escaped farmed salmon affect their wild cousins? Four major research institutions are now applying their respective expertise to building a common, fact-based knowledge platform on this vital topic.
The time is right for cod research
Despite the ongoing crisis in cod farming, the Research Council of Norway is investing NOK 21 million into research on cod larvae. "Right move at the right time," believes Professor Ivar Rønnestad.
Progressively wetter in Norway
Climate change will make life wetter for most Norwegians in the years to come. A rainier climate is expected nationwide, with the possible exception of southern Norway in the summers.
Exposing the secrets of costly viruses
Researchers are making headway in discovering how two harmful viruses – ISAV and IPNV – sidestep the salmon immune system. Effective viral vaccines are now in sight.
Same-sex attracted men neglected in Africa
HIV-related research and programming has excluded same-sex attracted men in Africa for three decades. Their exclusion cannot be accounted for by the assertion that they are unreachable, says Norwegian researcher.
Escapes primarily caused by equipment failure
Equipment failure or operational error are behind three out of four farmed salmon escapes. Two out of three escapes are due to holes in sea cage nets.
'GPS' for indoor use
Have you ever lost your way in a large office building or on a university campus? Normal GPS systems are of little assistance in these cases. A new smartphone app shows you the internal layout of a building ...
Streaming video over temporary networks
Self-configuring data networks may provide crucial help to emergency and rescue operations in hard-to-access areas. Norwegian researchers are developing software that makes it easier to transmit vital video ...
Global warming less extreme than feared?
Policymakers are attempting to contain global warming at less than 2°C. New estimates from a Norwegian project on climate calculations indicate this target may be more attainable than many experts have feared.
Bugs reveal the richness of species on Earth
An international team of researchers has carried out a survey of the biological diversity in a tropical rainforest. Their efforts have helped them find the key to one of the existential questions to which ...