Growth in allocations to policy-oriented programmes, centre schemes and infrastructure

The document consists of tables and figures related to the Research Council itself and to breakdowns by universities, university colleges, research institutes, health trusts, and trade and industry, respectively. There are also separate overviews of Norwegian participation under the EU framework programme and projects under the SkatteFUNN R&D tax incentive scheme.

The tables and figures are available in Norwegian only. An English-language list of these (DOCX-29.4 KB) has been prepared to assist non-Norwegian readers.

Growth in allocations to policy-oriented programmes and centre schemes

Allocations to the policy-oriented programmes rose from NOK 866.5 million in 2013 to NOK 1 billion in 2014. This is primarily due to an increase in allocations to the Research Programme on Human Biobanks and Health Data (BIOBANK), the Programme for Global Health and Vaccination Research (GLOBVAC) and the Programme on Polar Research (POLARPROG). In addition, there was a smaller increase in allocations to the Research Programme on Health and Care Services (HELSEOMSORG), the Research Programme on the Oceans and Coastal Areas (HAVKYST) and the Research Programme on Public Health (FOLKEHELSE).

Allocations to the centre schemes increased by NOK 635.7 million from 2013 to 2014, and this is primarily linked to the launch of new Centres of Excellence (SFF) in 2013. Allocations to infrastructure rose from NOK 114.9 million in 2013 to NOK 454 million in 2014. This growth is due first and foremost to the fact that the National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure (INFRASTRUKTUR), which has funding announcements every other year, issued a call in 2014. The amount of funding awarded under this initiative last year is the highest ever.

Infrastructure funding positive for universities and health trusts

Funding from the INFRASTRUKTUR initiative is the main reason behind the increase in allocations to the health trusts from NOK 162.8 million in 2013 to NOK 218.4 million in 2014. The growth in funding for scientific equipment has also benefited the universities. All of the universities experienced an increase in allocations from 2013, with the University of Bergen, the University of Oslo and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim topping the list.

All in all, allocations to the university and university college sector rose from NOK 1 954.9 million in 2013 to NOK 2 517.5 million in 2014. The increase in funding awarded under the policy-oriented programmes was particularly beneficial for the university colleges.

Positive development for the medical sciences

Of all the subject fields, the medical sciences experienced the largest increase in allocations, from NOK 633.8 million in 2013 to NOK 875.6 million in 2014. This growth is primarily linked to an increase in funding awarded under the HELSEOMSORG and GLOBVAC programmes as well as under the INFRASTRUKTUR initiative.

The distribution of allocations among subject fields must be viewed in context with the types of activities that have issued funding announcements that particular year.

Continued increase to trade and industry

Allocations from the Research Council to projects in trade and industry have risen steadily from 2011 to 2014. Thanks to record large funding announcements targeting companies in 2014, the Council allocated NOK 1.2 billion to projects in trade and industry and NOK 3.5 billion to industry-oriented research as a whole. The SkatteFUNN R&D tax incentive scheme experienced a significant increase in the number of applications received.

Allocations to projects in the oil and gas industry dropped from NOK 183 million in 2013 to NOK 163 million in 2014. The knowledge, technology and ICT industries were thus the branch of industry that received the most industry-oriented support from the Research Council in 2014 (NOK 182 million).

Doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships

While the number of post-doctoral fellows has remained fairly stable in recent years, there has been a decline in the number of doctoral fellows. The figures for 2014, however, indicate a rise in the number of doctoral fellows in the humanities, medical sciences, and mathematics and natural sciences subject fields.

The number of post-doctoral fellows also increased somewhat from 2013 to 2014. This growth is linked to the launch of the new SFF centres, as well as to funding for independent projects in mathematics, physical science and technology (FRINATEK) and funding under the Large-scale Programme for Petroleum Research (PETROMAKS 2) and the Research Programme on Biotechnology for Innovation (BIOTEK2021).

Stable gender distribution

The statistics show that the proportion of women project managers rose from 32 per cent in 2010 to 37 per cent in 2014. The humanities is still the subject field with the highest number of women project managers, while the technology subject field has the least.

There have been no significant changes in gender distribution among doctoral and post-doctoral fellows.


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