Norway encourages businesses to invest in research and innovation because these promote growth and create jobs.
Research is crucial if Norway is to be a knowledge-based and innovative society. Its culture, economy and prosperity are dependent on the development and use of research.
A key player in the research field is the Research Council for Norway which provides advice and funding fro Norwegian research work. Norway is a member of the EU 7th Framework Programme for research and technological development.
Relevant Acts related to research work include:
Research and development institutions
The Research Council for Norway is the authority in Norway that provides advice on research policy, funds research projects and creates forums. The Research Council finances networking and skills development between businesses, knowledge organisations and the public sector, with the aim of increased innovation.
The Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (UHR) is a coordinating body for institutions covered by the Higher Education Act. The Council has its own research committee which acts as an advisory and coordinating body for the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions in matters concerning research policy and training.
Alongside R&D, innovation is essential for businesses to develop and stay competitive.
Intellectual property must be protected to encourage research.
There are no general permits required to register as a research institution. However, there may be a requirement to register within some fields of research. Contact the relevant authorities for information on any requirements there may be.
Submitting a bid
Public research contracts above the threshold value are advertised according to the rules on public procurement.
Research and Knowledge Parks in Norway is a national network for the development of good business ideas and unique research-based findings for a sustainable economy.
Forinn is a knowledge policy portal providing information on the knowledge base for research and innovation policy.
The Research Council for Norway is a key player within technological innovation. Businesses and institutions can apply for grants for research and development projects.