In the course of 2015, an international panel of experts will evaluate all 14 Norwegian technical-industrial institutes that receive public basic funding via the Research Council of Norway. The mandate for the evaluation panel has now been drawn up.
The evaluation is part of the Research Council’s plan to evaluate all of the research institutes within the four areas of public basic funding. In addition to the technical-industrial institutes, this includes the primary industry institutes, the environmental institutes and the social science institutes. The evaluation of the environmental institutes is already underway.
Seeking greater internationalisation
The technical-industrial institutes have been established to conduct applied research and knowledge production for society at large, the government administration, and trade and industry. They are market-oriented and obtain most of their income from commissioned projects, both in Norway and abroad. Moreover, they are key actors in the competition for research funding from the Research Council and the EU.
One of the most significant changes to the sector at present is the increase in internationalisation. The research institutes need to deliver relevant research services of high international quality to be able to maintain a viable activity level.
“The major societal challenges require a more interdisciplinary approach to research as well as research that incorporates perspectives from various social and policy areas. These perspectives will be critical in the evaluation,” says Anders Hanneborg, Executive Director of the Division for Science at the Research Council. “It will also be important to look at the interaction between the technical-industrial institutes and other national and international R&D actors, and between the institutes and R&D users in trade and industry, the government administration and higher education.”
“The evaluation will focus in particular on the future challenges. What will the technical-industrial arena look like in five to 10 years with regard to expertise, capacity, national and international cooperation, and the number of institutes? It is important to have a clear picture of what strategies and opportunities the institutes can draw on to meet these challenges,” says Mr Hanneborg.
The evaluation will be conducted by an international evaluation panel comprised of five to seven experts with sound knowledge of technical-industrial research and the institute sector in Norway and abroad. The panel will have representatives of users and individuals with experience in conducting evaluations. The Research Board of the Division for Science is responsible for appointing the evaluation panel.
|The institute evaluations under the auspices of the Research Council have three overarching objectives. The evaluations are to:
- provide a knowledge base for the institutes’ own strategic development efforts;
- help to strengthen the knowledge base for the efforts of the Research Council and the ministries to develop an effective, targeted research institute policy;
- provide a basis for assessing the design of the Research Council funding instruments.
This evaluation will encompass the 13 research institutes that have received public basic funding via the Research Council, as well as Uni Research AS, which the Research Council recently recommended for inclusion in the scheme:
- Christian Michelsen Research AS (CMR)
- Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), independent research foundation
- International Research Institute of Stavanger AS (IRIS)
- Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute AS (MARINTEK)
- Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), independent research foundation
- NORSAR, independent research foundation
- Northern Research Institute AS (Norut) – Norut Tromsø
- Northern Research Institute AS (Norut) – Norut Narvik
- Norwegian Computing Center (NR), independent research foundation
- SINTEF Energy Research AS
- SINTEF Petroleum Research AS
- SINTEF Foundation
- Tel-Tek, national research institute
- Uni Research AS