A minimum of 25 % own financing from the participants themselves will further add to the volume of activities.
Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen and Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council of Norway.
Will enhance effects from public research funding
“This is an important initiative to acquire more knowledge about how we can exploit the potential of research and innovation to enhance welfare and growth in society. The research conducted at these centres can help us to get the most from public research funding,” says Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.
Statistics Norway recently performed an evaluation showing that funding for research and innovation in the business sector has a positive impact on value creation. Establishment of these two centres will help to create a knowledge platform that can supplement, link together and facilitate research already being conducted in the field.
“This research will increase our understanding of the processes that foster quality in research and how we can measure various types of effects,” says Mr Røe Isaksen.
More knowledge needed
Public allocations to Norwegian research and research-based innovation have been on the rise. Consequently, the need to document the results and impacts of these investments has increased as well. An analysis of Norwegian research in the field shows that the number of research institutions working in this field has increased considerably in recent years, but compared with the other Nordic countries, the Norwegian institutions are more fragmented, less internationally oriented and cited less frequently. The Initiative on Research for Research and Innovation Policy (FORINNPOL) will expand and better target the knowledge base for use in the design and implementation of research and innovation policy.
“The capacity to innovate and think along new lines, in both the private and public sectors, is critical for solving major challenges to society. This is why we are investing substantial resources in research. But we also need a clear understanding of how our funding instruments work and how we can continually improve. Such knowledge will help us to develop our own activities and, not least, provide a solid foundation for our advice on research policy,” says Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council.
Will work in a long-term, integrated manner
Funding has been awarded to two research centres that will start-up in May 2016 and operate for up to eight years. The Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies (R-Quest), hosted by the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU), will explore the factors that characterise and promote high-quality research and how such research in turn affects society. The Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact of Science (OSIRIS), hosted by the TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo, will study the impact of research in society, especially in the areas of health, policy development, economics and innovation.