Department of Research
The Ministry’s Department of Research has strategic responsibility for research policy. Responsibilities include preparing white papers on research, and coordinating research policy across ministries. This is particularly relevant with respect to funding for research and development through the national budget.
The Department of Research has administrative responsibility for the Research Council of Norway, and is also responsible for general grants for basic research, strategic projects and research infrastructure via the Research Council.
As well as having overall responsibility for policy on international research collaboration, the department provides funding to international research organisations and programmes, the most important of which is the contribution to EU’s framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020.
The department is responsible for the Act on Ethics and Integrity in Research, as well as for the administrative agency the Norwegian National Research Ethics Committees.
The Department of Research coordinates policy on research institutes, and has overall responsibility for their basic state funding, based on guidelines established by the Ministry of Education and Research. The department also manages the support provided to institutes for social science research.
Another of the department’s areas of responsibility is the regional research funds, where it has overall responsibility for the following research prizes: Niels Henrik Abel’s Prize in Mathematics, the Ludvig Holberg Memorial Prize and the Kavli prizes.
The Department is headed by a Director General.