Milestone for Norwegian research
On September 7, the Research Council of Norway (RCN) awarded NOK 181 million for research infrastructure. The allocation is the first of a national investment initiative that runs to 2017.
The allocation means the realisation of 12 major infrastructures for research on energy and the environment, food, oceans, health care, ICT, geology, space physics, materials technology and biotechnology. The potential for utilisation of four databases will be considered through pre-projects. In addition, an enormous electronic storage facility will be greatly expanded – to the benefit of all types of research with large amounts of data, writes RCN on their website.
“This is a powerful boost to the quality and efficiency of Norwegian research,” says Arvid Hallén, Director General of RCN. “We are extremely pleased that the Government has created the foundation needed for a cohesive, long-term initiative for research infrastructure.” A long-term outlook is one precondition for seeing good returns on this type of investment, continues Dr Hallén. “For Norway to attract research talent, we must be able to offer exceptional infrastructure. In the years ahead, this scheme must be further expanded, as the Research Council has been recommending,” states Dr. Hallén.
On Sept. 11 the Norwegian Ministry of Research and Education announced that Norway, together with Denmark, spends the most money per. capita on science, technology and innovation in Europe. Numbers from EU show that Norway is a world-leader in research.