Long-term policy planning

The long-term plan for research and education sets out the primary objectives and priorities for how the Government will strengthen research and education in the period from 2015 to 2024.

Sectoral responsibility and coordination

Norwegian research policy is based on the sectoral principle, meaning that the ministry is responsible for the development and utilisation of research within its areas of responsibility. As a result, good coordination is necessary to promote effective use of resources and ensure that the research serves society optimally, through adequate focus on the major, cross-sectoral research areas. The long-term plan is the most important tool for ensuring satisfactory coordination and implementation of policy on research and higher education.

The government white papers on research set the overall framework for the Norwegian research system. The objectives in the long-term plan do not represent any deviation from the overarching objectives in the white papers on research under the governments headed by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (Report No. 30 (2008–2009) to the Storting, Climate for Research, and Meld. St. 18 (2013–2014), Long-term perspectives – knowledge provides opportunity), but elaborate and set clearer priorities for certain areas that are to be strengthened.

Research policy in the national budget

Allocations to research are established in the annual national budgets, and the budget proposals from the ministries are therefore essential research policy documents. All of the ministries include allocations to research and development (R&D) in their budget proposals.

The budget proposition of the Ministry of Education and Research contained a general discussion of the overall R&D allocations, which come to about NOK 30 billion in the national budget proposal for 2015.

The largest investments in the 2015 budget are presented on the webpages for the focus area knowledge provides opportunity for all.

Research policy strategies

The Government also devises strategies for various research policy fields. Since internationalisation is an element of research at all levels, and European research cooperation has a unique position as the most important international arena for Norwegian research, the Government has drawn up a strategy for cooperation on research and innovation with the EU.

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