Multi-annual research budgets in Norway?

20.01.2003
At a conference for Norwegian politicians, researchers and industry management the participants all agreed on the necessity of stable and long-term economical frameworks for research in order to protect it from frequent government and budget changes.
At a conference for Norwegian politicians, researchers and industry management the participants all agreed on the necessity of stable and long-term economical frameworks for research in order to protect it from frequent government and budget changes.

Øystein Djupedal (of The Socialist Left Party of Norway) launched the idea of a cross-political agreement on multi-annual research budgets that remain valid through changes of government.

Several obstacles to Norway‘s goal of reaching the OECD level of research as part of GNP were identified:
  • Not enough commitment to decisions
  • Research loses the battle of attention and money among politicians and the public
  • Low awareness of research among politicians
  • Low awareness of political influence among researchers
  • Lack of contact and support between research and industry
Some proposals to improve conditions for research:
  • Establish good frameworks for research environments
  • Innovation and investments in areas of excellence
  • Further development of SkatteFUNN, tax deductions for enterprises that invest in research
  • Co-operation between research and industry, and between different research environments
  • Separation of research and education: Establish a ministry of research
  • Increase awareness among researchers of their social responsibility.
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