Focus on cooperation between Norway and China

New cooperation programme with China launched

Norway will profile its initiatives targeting China at EXPO 2010 in Shanghai.

Norway will profile its initiatives targeting China at EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. Photo:

The Research Council of Norway has launched the China research programme to provide a cohesive framework for initiatives targeting China. Scientific activities will be coordinated under the Research Council’s thematic-based NORKLIMA, VAM, CLIMIT and MILJO2015 programmes.

The China research programme will distribute NOK 20 million per year during the 2009-2017 period. To ensure high scientific merit, the participating thematic research programmes will be responsible for issuing calls for proposals and processing grant applications.

The China research programme is part of the effort to follow up the Norwegian Government’s overall China strategy. An advisory committee will be appointed consisting of experts on China from the research, trade and industry and public sectors, and will include representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other ministries providing funding. From the outset, the Research Council’s China research programme will give priority to research on climate, climate technology, the environment and welfare, reports the Norwegian Reseach Council on its website

“The importance of research cooperation with China will increase steadily,” says Director General of the Research Council Arvid Hallén. “Over time Norway will invest resources to expand the scope of the China research programme to encompass even more scientific fields than it does from its launch.”


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