The Norwegian agricultural research system
The Norwegian research system may be divided into three levels: political, strategic and performing
The Parliament and the Government outline the main goals and priorities for research policies. Each ministry is responsible for financing the research within its own sector. The relevant system for higher education and research in the agricultural sector is mainly under the authority of three ministries:
- Ministry of Education and Research
- Ministry of Agriculture and Food
- Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs
The Research Council of Norway (RCN) is responsible for approximately one-third of the public funding for research.
Innovation Norway promotes nationwide industrial development, and helps release the potential of different regions by contributing towards innovation, internationalisation and promotion.
Agricultural research programmes – RCN
Aims to strengthen industrial development through research and innovation in Norway's food industries.
The programme has been established to achieve synergy effects between innovative development work, applied research and basic research.
Aims to advance area- and nature-based economic development in Norway, and to provide knowledge for trade policy making for the fisheries and agriculture field.
At the performing level are industrial companies, research institutions, universities and colleges. Universities and colleges operate at the strategic, as well as the performing levels. Approximately 40 % of the public research funding is channelled directly to the universities and colleges. Norway has developed an extensive network of institutes that constitutes a source of knowledge for both industry and public administration. The Norwegian research institutes carry out much the same research that in most other nations is performed by industry.
Universities and colleges
The university offers a broad range of study programmes that closely correspond with major research issues related to food, environmental sciences, biology, land use and natural resource management. Norway ’s leading institution of higher education in its field.
The sole institution educating veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in Norway. The school is also responsible for the major part of all veterinary research conducted in the country.
The university represents academic eminence in technology and the natural sciences as well as in other academic disciplines.
A broad list of research areas including natural science.
In addition to research and education in the traditional university disciplines, the academic profile of the University of Bergen has two major focuses: marine research and co-operation with developing countries.
Close to The Barents Sea, the college has a particular responsibility for the development of fundamental and scientific expertise within all areas of fisheries and aquaculture research in Norway.
Bioforsk is a nationally and internationally competitive research institute with cutting-edge expertise in agriculture, food production, environmental science and resource management. Bioforsk focuses strongly on innovation, added-value creation and business development based on the sustainable utilization of natural resources.
International and national agricultural policy, the food sector and market, industrial and enterprise economics, regional development.
An autonomous institute under the Ministry of Agriculture. Skogforsk is the leading research institute in Norway in areas related to forest.
An independent research foundation located at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. It carries out social research and development projects for the national research council, as well as public and private sectors.
A national research institute in the fields of animal health, fish health and food safety, whose primary function is supply of independent research based advisory support to the governing authorities.
The institute is engaged in food research and development at a high international level. Their mission is to actively contribute to increased competitiveness in the food industry.
The institute performs R&D for fisheries and aquaculture industries. To disseminate the research results, and to be advisors for fishery authorities and organisations.
The objective is to study and monitor the environment and biology of the oceans and coastal waters and develop suitable fishing, catching and farming technology. To serve as advisors for the fishery authorities as well as the fishing and aquaculture industries.
The goal is to provide and publish knowledge about aquaculture, contributing to a strong, profitable industry and to a sustainable global food production.
Supports the interests of local research and extension groups in organisational and economic issues in order to promote local research and agricultural consultancy.
The institute's research focus is nutrition: feed for fish - and fish as food. The institute gives scientific advice to the government and food authorities concerning health and safety aspects of seafood from both wild catch and farmed.
R&D within food technology and processing, sous vide, MAP, canning etc., mainly processing fish and seafood products with extended shelf life.
The Foundation focuses in particular on the environmental and health related consequences of the application of gene technology and gene modification.
Objective is to compile representative national data on forest, soil, vegetation, landscape and areal resources. To provide reliable and impartial information for agriculture, forestry and environmental management and planning.
Norway’s leading institution for applied ecological research.
A scientific institution which sheds light on activities connected to forests and non-arable land, including hunting and fishing and the cultivation of woods.
Research and development projects, quality control, quality documentation, laboratory tests and diffusion of knowledge from R&D to the Norwegian wood industry.
The institute contributes to solutions along the whole value chain - from biological and marine production, aquaculture and fisheries to processing and distribution.