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.
Petroleum research still relevant and ethical
Norway's National Committee for Research Ethics in Science and Technology (NENT) has conducted a review of ethical issues related to petroleum research. The committee concludes that it is ethically justifiable and warranted ...
Moth invasions cause widespread damage in the sub-arctic birch forest
In just seven years, as much as one-third of the mountain-birch forest in the North Calotte region was severely defoliated by two moth species. Researchers now have a better understanding of what happened.
New knowledge revolutionising feeds
Over the past few years, the salmon farming industry has gone from being a major consumer of marine protein to becoming a net producer of it – a turnaround made possible by a deeper understanding of the ...
New technology can prevent salmon lice
The battle against salmon lice is being waged on many fronts, including the technological front. Simple and advanced solutions alike can be effective.
Simpler gas distribution using buoyant transfer system
A new, fully mobile solution for offloading natural gas from ships to land may lead to increased distribution to new markets around the world.
Regulating biodiversity in India and Nepal
In a world marked by climate change, biodiversity is important for food security. Several international treaties regulate adaptation, access to and sharing of plant genetic resources. However, the treaties ...
Closed fish-farming "bags" must withstand nature's forces
New kinds of aquaculture net cages that physically separate the farmed salmon from the open waters are already in the testing phase. The idea is to prevent the dreaded salmon louse from ever reaching its ...
Raising efficiency, sustainability in salmon farming
Increasingly, plant-based ingredients are being substituted for marine ingredients in fish feed. Is there a limit to how much of a vegetarian diet salmon can tolerate? Marta Bou Mira is seeking answers.
Controlling puberty onset in salmon
Studies of 3-cm-long medakas (also known as Japanese rice fish) are generating new insight into how to delay the onset of puberty in farmed salmon.
Good vision for a good appetite
The incidence of cataracts in farmed salmon is on the rise due to vegetable-based feeds, a strong focus on fish growth and warm waters. "This is a condition we can do something about," asserts Sofie Charlotte ...
Cod's mysterious defence strategies
There may be entirely new vaccines in the offing for the aquaculture industry, if Monica Hongrø Solbakken can figure out cod's unconventional ways of resisting infection.
"Pressured" for a solution
A simple five-minute pressure treatment makes farmed salmon sterile. Florian Sambraus may have found the solution to a highly controversial issue in Norwegian salmon production.
Simple test for resistance in lice
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority adopted a field test developed by Kari Olli Helgesen for testing salmon louse resistance to the most common treatments. The method is now being used in Chile as well.
Modelling modules lead to higher-quality aluminium
The Norwegian project "Modelling-assisted Innovation for the Aluminium DC Casting Process" (MINAC), has developed modelling tools that show the impact of even minute adjustments to the casting process on ...
Valuable, eco-friendly Norwegian wool
Wool production in Norway has been documented to be more environmentally sound than in other countries. From Norwegian wool, a wide variety of pure, safe materials can be made for use in clothing, textiles, ...