Norwegian budget proposal strengthens research

14.10.2005
The resigning Norwegian government proposes to increase investments in research by NOK 1.4 billion. This is evident from the budget proposal that was presented today, Friday. Recruitment of new scientists is one prioritised field.
The Bondevik-government suggests allocating NOK 132 million to the 100 new PhD positions which were established this autumn. In addition, 350 new PhD positions are planned as of autumn 2006. Of these, 250 are connected directly to universities and university colleges, whereas the remaining 100 are to be administered by the Research Council of Norway as part of a new programme. These are going to be granted as free scholarships where quality and originality will be the only criteria for selection.

The allocations to basic research through the Research Council of Norway have been strengthened by more than NOK 250 million. In addition to this, the allocations to industry based research are increased. To expand the net infrastructure at Norwegian research institutions, the government proposes to allocate NOK 12.6 million to the Gigacampus project.

The government proposes to increase the capital in the Fund for Research and Innovation by NOK 39 billion to NOK 75 billion. In all, the government suggests to allocate NOK 20.3 billion to universities and university colleges.

The government aims to increase investments to research and development to 3 % of GNP by 2010. Of this public investments should be 1 %.

The budget proposal gives strong guidelines for the politics of the new red-green government which takes office October 17.

Read more on the website of the ministry of Education and Research
Read comments by the Director of the Research Council of Norway here
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