Research and Innovation Department

The department contributes to policies regarding research and innovation. Its focus is on profitable growth and increased use of research results, increased innovation activity, more use of design and increased use of industrial property rights. The department is responsible for the Ministry’s funding of the Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway, the Industrial Development Corporation of Norway (SIVA), the Norwegian Design Council and the Norwegian Industrial Property Office. Our responsibility includes Norwegian participation in international cooperation related to research and innovation in the EU and the OECD.

The department consists of the following sections

  • Research policy

    Deputy Director General Kjetil Kolsrud Jåsund

  • Innovation Norway, SIVA and financial instruments

    Deputy Director General Bjørn Kåre Molvik

  • Innovation Policy

    Deputy Director General Bent F. Sunde

  • Institutes and marine research

    Deputy Director General Stine Hammer