RCN - Norges Forskningsråd
The Research Council of Norway (RCN) is Norway's official body for the development and implementation
of national research strategy.
The Council is responsible for enhancing Norway's knowledge base and for promoting basic and applied research and innovation in order to help meet research needs within society.
RCN also works actively to encourage international research cooperation. The Research Council serves as an advisory body on research policy issues, identifies research needs and recommends national priorities.
Through the establishment and implementation of targeted funding schemes, RCN facilitates the translation of national research policy objectives into action. In 2009, the total budget amounts to NOK 6 165 million (Around 725 M€). RCN also serves as a meeting place for researchers, funders and users of research findings. About 400 people are employed in the Research Council. In collaboration with the state owned company Gassnova, RCN is organizing the R&D&D program CLIMIT, with a total funding of NOK 182 mill. in 2010.