Norway is among the most productive countries in the OECD area. In the 2007 report “Going for Growth”, the OECD ranked Norway second when it comes to worker productivity. Norway is also among the highest ranking countries regarding publicly funded Research and development.
Research-based innovation is one of the strongest drivers of economic development. Globalization affects not only products and services, but also knowledge and research. The competitiveness of industry depends more and more on the ability to attract investments internationally. Norway has a good starting point to include foreign research and development activities in this equation. We educate excellent workers and have a creative atmosphere in the open, flat organizational structure that characterizes Norwegian industry. The cooperation between industry and scientific knowledge-based organizations is also excellent. These advantages are reflected in the increased foreign investment in Norwegian research and development. From 1995 to 2005 foreign investment in Norwegian R&D increased by 300%.
Norway focuses outward in fostering knowledge and promoting the exchange of ideas. Our challenge is to advance national research internationally, both in cooperation with other countries and with scientists from other countries. The emphasis is on knowledge and expertise in selected areas, such as top-notch petroleum research environments.
In addition, special attention is being paid to energy and the environment, health, oceans and food, as well as to three technology areas – new materials and nanotechnology, biotechnology, and information and communications technology. Naturally, cooperation with the EU is a focal point for Norwegian R&D and the trigger for closer integration in the European Research Area (ERA). The Norwegian success rate in the EU is high when it comes to research. The EU approved of 35% of all research projects that had Norwegian involvement in the 6th framework programme. This is well above the average of approximately 20% approval rate for European countries. Furthermore, bilateral cooperation with North America and Asia is being strengthened.
We want to wish our R&D colleagues from abroad a warm welcome to Norway as partners in research. We’ll be happy to help you find partnership opportunities within Norwegian research activities.