The Research Council of Norway (RCN)


Who are they?

The Research Council of Norway is a national strategic and funding agency for research activities, established in 1993. It is administered under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Research. The Council works to promote research and innovation of high quality and relevance and to generate knowledge in priority areas to enable Norway to deal with key challenges to society and the business sector. The Research Council’s task is to make the best research and innovation possible. The aim is to promote a society where research is created, used and shared, and thus contributes to restructuring and enhanced sustainability. It manages research funding from all of the Norwegian ministries, and allocates funds to basic and applied research and innovation within all fields and disciplines.


The Council serves as the key advisory body to the authorities on research policy issues and carries out tasks commissioned by 15 ministries. The activities play an important role in the Government’s long-term plan for research and higher education. The Research Council also works to increase financial investment in, and raise the quality of Norwegian R&D and to promote innovation in a collaborative effort between the research community, trade and industry and the public administration. It is the task of the Research Council to identify Norway's research needs and recommend national priorities. The Council utilises targeted funding schemes to help to translate national research policy goals into action. The Research Council provides a central meeting place for those who fund, carry out and utilise research and works actively to promote the internationalisation of Norwegian research.


How are they involved in Susfood?

The Research Council of Norway has been involved in Susfood Era-Net since 2011, in Susfood2 it is funding seven projects (InProVe, BIOCARB-4-FOOD, SPAREC, ProSeaFood, SUSCHOICE, AVARE, PLATEFORMS). It is member of the Governing Board.


Who is involved: Kristin Dawes

More about The Research Council of Norway (Link: https://www.forskningsradet.no/en/)