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The Norwegian agricultural research system

The Norwegian research system may be divided into three levels: political, strategic and performing

Political level

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: Strategic level

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.

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The Food Programme: Norwegian Food from Sea and Land
Aims to strengthen industrial development through research and innovation in Norway's food industries.

The R&D Programme WOOD
The programme has been established to achieve synergy effects between innovative development work, applied research and basic research.

Area- and nature-based industrial development
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.

Performing level

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.

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Norwegian University of Life Sciences
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.

Norwegian School of Veterinary Science
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.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
The university represents academic eminence in technology and the natural sciences as well as in other academic disciplines.

University of Oslo
A broad list of research areas including natural science.

University of Bergen
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.

Norwegian College of Fishery Science
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.

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BIOFORSK - Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research
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.

Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute
International and national agricultural policy, the food sector and market, industrial and enterprise economics, regional development.

Norwegian Forest Research Institute

An autonomous institute under the Ministry of Agriculture. Skogforsk is the leading research institute in Norway in areas related to forest.

Centre for Rural Research
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.

National Veterinary Institute
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.

Norwegian Food Research Institute Matforsk
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.

Norwegian Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ltd.
The institute performs R&D for fisheries and aquaculture industries. To disseminate the research results, and to be advisors for fishery authorities and organisations.

Institute of Marine Research
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.

Institute of Aquaculture Research
The goal is to provide and publish knowledge about aquaculture, contributing to a strong, profitable industry and to a sustainable global food production.

Norwegian Agricultural Extension Service
Supports the interests of local research and extension groups in organisational and economic issues in order to promote local research and agricultural consultancy.

National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research
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.

Norconserv Seafood Processing Research
R&D within food technology and processing, sous vide, MAP, canning etc., mainly processing fish and seafood products with extended shelf life.

Norwegian Institute of Gene Ecology
The Foundation focuses in particular on the environmental and health related consequences of the application of gene technology and gene modification.

Norwegian Institute of Land Inventory
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.

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
Norway’s leading institution for applied ecological research.

Norwegian Forest Museum
A scientific institution which sheds light on activities connected to forests and non-arable land, including hunting and fishing and the cultivation of woods.

Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology
Research and development projects, quality control, quality documentation, laboratory tests and diffusion of knowledge from R&D to the Norwegian wood industry.

SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture
The institute contributes to solutions along the whole value chain - from biological and marine production, aquaculture and fisheries to processing and distribution.

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The SCAR plenary meetings are normally organised twice a year. Thirteen meetings have been held so far since February 2005.

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The SCAR committee is supported by a Secretariat with staff from the Commission's Directorate-General for Research and staff made available to SCAR from Member States (‘virtual secretariat’). The Secretariat is in charge of the preparation and follow-up of forum meetings (e.g. coordination of the agenda, invitation, documents for the meeting, minutes) and provides assistance to the working groups.
Contact person: François Constantin.