Publications

NordForsk magazine 2011
In this English version of the NordForsk magazine you will find interviews with Juni Palmgren, Bengt Sundelius, Gudmund Hernes and Cornelis Vis, and a series of articles from NordForsk-funded projects.
Nordic eScience Action Plan
10 concrete actions to implement the Nordic eScience Strategy. By the Nordic eScience Initiative (eNORIA) (2008). Available for download only.
Going Nordic - a NordForsk user survey
Survey among 468 current and former participants in NordForsk-supported activities. By Aadne Aasland for NordForsk (2006). Available for download only.
Annual Report 2007
NordForsk’s Annual Report 2007 comprises an interview with Chair of the NordForsk Board, Kari Kveseth, reports on new funding programmes, presentations of new coordination and policy initiatives, and news stories from some of the 2007 start-ups. The publication also presents main figures from the 2007 annual accounts.
Nordic Research Gems
Nordic Research Gems presents a collection of success stories from Nordic research cooperation. More than 11 000 researchers are currently involved in research activities financed by NordForsk and they are producing some impressive results (2008).
Nordic Excellence
A Bibliometric Exploration of Common Nordic Research Funding Opportunities. By Technopolis Group for NordForsk (2008).
Main conclusions from Policy Brief 5-2008: Nordic Excellence
Main conclusions from the NordForsk Policy Brief 5: Nordic Excellence - A Bibliometric Exploration of Common Nordic Research Funding Opportunities. By Technopolis Group for NordForsk (2008).
Branding the Nordic Research and Innovation Area
Promoting the Nordic region as an attractive destination for global investments in research and innovation. By Interlace-Invent Aps for NordForsk (2008).
Improving research capabilities
An evaluation of the possibilities for increased Nordic cooperation on research infrastructures. By NIFU STEP for NordForsk (2008).
Nordic Climate Change Research
Policy Brief 8-2009. By Mandag Morgen for NordForsk (2009).
NORDERA report 1: Nordic R&I cooperation: Achievements and Challenges
This report describes and analyses Nordic cooperation in relation to research and innovation. This is done through a presentation of the main characteristics of both the formalised and the non-formalised aspects of the Nordic cooperation, and through an analysis of the main achievements and challenges. By NordForsk and Nordisk InnovationsCentre for the NORDERA project (2010). Available for download only.
NORDERA report 2: Nordic R&D collaboration at EU level
This report focusses on how the Nordic experiences can serve to encourage the further development of the European Research Area, especially regarding coordination of national programmes and joint programming. Equally, the analysis looks into how lessons learnt can be of value for the further development of NORIA and ERA. By the Joint Research Centre/IPTS for the NORDERA project (2010). Available for download only.
NordForsk Strategy 2011-2014
English version
NORDERA final report: A new deal for ERA. Lessons learnt from Nordic R&I cooperation?
How can the Nordic cooperation contribute to achieving European Commission objectives such as joint research programmes, increased mobility for researchers, joint research infrastructures, excellence in research and exchange of knowledge? What are the key lessons that we can draw from Nordic strengths and weaknesses? Read more about this in the final report of the NORDERA-project, which is a shorter and more accessible version of the first two reports (2010).
NordForsk strategia 2011-2014
Finnish version
Information brochure of the Top-level Research Initiative
The Top-level Research Initiative (TRI) is the largest joint Nordic research and innovation initiative to date. The initiative aims to involve the very best agencies and institutions in the Nordic region, and promote research and innovation of the highest level, in order to make a Nordic contribution towards solving the global climate crisis. Read more in the Top-level Research Initiative information brochure (2010).
International Research Cooperation in the Nordic Countries
A publication from the NORIA-net "The use of bibliometrics in research policy and evaluation activities". The first report of the NORIA-net provides readers with essential information and perspectives on current and future possibilities to reach excellence in Nordic research. It identifies the fields in which the Nordic countries already are strong and in some cases even excellent, and it highlights challenges and possible ways to prevent future problems. Editor: Magnus Gunnarsson, Swedish Research Council (2010).
Bibliometric Research Performance Indicators for the Nordic Countries
A publication from the NORIA-net "The use of bibliometrics in research policy and evaluation activities". This is the second report from this NORIA network. The report provides readers with essential information and perspectives on current and future possibilities to reach excellence in Nordic research. It identifies the fields in which the Nordic countries already are strong and in some cases even excellent, and it highlights challenges and possible ways to prevent future problems. Editor: Jesper W. Schneider, Royal School of Library & Information Science, Danmark (2010).
Rethinking Nordic Added Value in Research
"Nordic participation in the EU Framework Programmes - Best practices and lessons learned". The Policy Briefs 1-3 2011 describe and analyse key aspects of Nordic research cooperation in a European context, both at the research policy and -strategy level. This third report analyses the concept of "Nordic Added Value" in light of the development of the ERA. By NIFU and Technopolis in cooperation with NordForsk (2011).
Nordic contributions to the development of the ERA
The Policy Briefs 1-3 2011 describe and analyse key aspects of Nordic research cooperation in a European context, both at the research policy and -strategy level. This second report looks into the interactions between national, Nordic and European research policies, in light of Nordic priorities regarding internationalisation of research cooperation. By NIFU and Technopolis in cooperation with NordForsk (2011).
Enhancing the Effectiveness of Nordic Research Cooperation
"Nordic participation in the EU Framework Programmes - Best practices and lessons learned". The Policy Briefs 1-3 2011 describe and analyse key aspects of Nordic research cooperation in a European context, both at the research policy and -strategy level. This report looks into Nordic researchers' participation in FP7 compared to FP6, the outcome of participation, as well as main challenges and success criteria for participation. By NIFU and Technopolis in cooperation with NordForsk (2011).
Comparing Research at Nordic Universities using Bibliometric Indicators
- A publication from the NORIA-net "Bibliometric Indicators for the Nordic Universities".
Hot Topic - Cold Comfort. Climate Change and Attitude Change
How do we respond when we are faced with the repercussions of our interactions with nature? Gudmund Hernes, researcher, Professor of sociology and former Norwegian minister, sets out assertions and theses as a basis for debate. Only when we understand how and why we have reacted so far can we take effective action.
Effect Studies and Adaptation to Climate Change
The sub-programme «Effect Studies and Adaptation to Climate Change» aims to improve knowledge about the effects of climate change, about the adaptation capacities of society, and about the risks and opportunities that the effects of climate change may bring to the Nordic region. This factsheet describes in brief the goal and the content for this programme.
Interaction between Climate Change and the Cryosphere
The TRI has funded three Nordic Centres of Excellence (NCoE) within the ICCC sub-programme with a total of 96 million NOK. The total budget for this sub programme is 96 million NOK. This is a fact sheet describing this programme's goal and main focus.
Adaptation of Arctic Communities to Climate Change - Possible themes for cooperation
In this factsheet suitable themes for future Arctic research activities related to the theme of Adaptation of Arctic communities to Climate Change is discussed.
NordForsk presentation brochure
Societal Security in the Nordic Countries
Research on societal security issues has developed separately in the Nordic countries. The recent emphasis at the political level on Nordic solidarity in the face of disasters, acts of violence and cyber attacks has created a clear demand for collaborative research across the region. NordForsk has supported a pre-study framing a programme on the subject
Nordic Trial Alliance brochure
An initiative to strengthen Nordic clinical research.
Fact sheet for the Nordic Societal Security Programme
eScience Globalisation Initiative, fact sheet
The Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC), brochure
NordForsk magasin 2013
I de mange prosjektene som NordForsk støtter, arbeider nordiske forskere på tvers av landegrenser for å finne løsninger på felles problemer. I årets nye NordForsk magasin kan du bli kjent med flere av menneskene bak forskningen, og lære mer om hvordan de jobber.
Final Report on the Achievements under the Memorandum of Understanding between the European Commission and NordForsk
Policy Paper 1-2014
Comparing Research at Nordic Universities using Bibliometric Indicators - Second report, covering the years 2000-2012
This report is replacing the previous report from 2011 covering the years 2000-2009, basically building on the same methodology but adding more information. In this Second report, publications from the social sciences and the humanities are included, and new time intervals are applied. Both reports use data from Thomson Reuters and a Nordic network for validating the data, developing the indicators and analysing the results.
Joint Nordic Initiative on Arctic Research, fact sheet
The programme Responsible Development of the Arctic: Opportunities and Challenges – Pathways to Action is established to create new knowledge on the possibilities and challenges that the Arctic Region is facing. The programme is a cross-disciplinary initiative.
Crossing Borders - Obstacles and incentives to researcher mobility
This report consists of two studies, each providing extensive data on researcher mobility in the Nordic region and beyond. In each of the reports different aspects of researcher mobility is analyzed with the help of a wide range of data and varied methodological approaches. This makes the description rich in terms of perspectives on mobility and underlines the complexity of the issue. Together they provide a basis for understanding patterns and trends of researcher mobility across the Nordic region as well as different types of incentives and obstacles promoting and inhibiting such mobility.
Evaluation of two programmes using Nordic Centres of Excellence - The Programme on Food, Nutrition and Health and the Programme on Welfare Research
The report contains final evaluations of NordForsk’s two joint Nordic research programmes started in 2007, namely Welfare Research and Food, Nutrition and Health. The evaluation of the two programmes covers the period from their start to their final activities in 2013. The overall purpose of the evaluation of the two NCoE programmes has been to analyse the added value achieved based on the original objectives of the programmes.
NordForsk Magazine 2013
NordForsk is funding many projects in which Nordic researchers are collaborating with each other across national borders to find solutions to collective challenges. The 2013 issue of NordForsk magazine presents several of the researchers behind these efforts and takes a look at how they work.
NordForsk magazine 2012
In this edition of NordForsk magazine you can read about the healthy nordic diet, research on the nordic languages, perspectives on the future of the nordic welfare model and much more!
NordForsk magasin 2012
I denne utgaven av NordForsk magasin kan du blant annet lese om forskning på sunn norsk mat, forskning på de nordiske språkene og en diskusjom om fremtiden til den nordiske velferdsmodellen.
Enhancing Nordic Research Infrastructure Cooperation
The NORIA-net “Nordic Research Infrastructures Network” (NRIN) was launched in 2009 with the aim of strengthening Nordic cooperation on research infrastructure. NRIN’s work culminated in the report “Enhancing Nordic Research Infrastructure Cooperation”, which offers a number of recommendations.
Evaluation of NORDSYNC and Nordic membership of the ESRF
While preparing its report, NRIN (NORIA-net Research Infrastructures Network) commissioned an evaluation of Nordic participation in international research cooperation. A pilot project for this evaluation examined the NORDSYNC membership of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF).
Sport Sciences in the Nordic Countries
This policy paper presents in brief the major findings from the main report "Sport Sciences in Nordic Countries. Evaluation Report". The full version can be downloaded from: http://www.aka.fi/en/about-us/publications/publication-series/
Adding value to Nordic research cooperation. Recommendations for a new initiative on distribution of health
Distribution of health is one of the challenges facing the Nordic countries and Europe. Although health and life expectancy have improved in the Nordic countries, inequalities in the distribution of health persist. This report gives an overview of research activities, funding and funding systems of relevance to research on health and welfare-related issues in the Nordic countries 2005-2010. Based on these findings, the report also provides policy recommendations.
NordForsk magasin 2011
I denne utgaven av NordForsk magasin finner du bl.a. intervjuer med Juni Palmgren, Bengt Sundelius, Gudmund Hernes og Cornelis Vis, og en rekke saker om prosjekter som NordForsk er involvert i.
NordForsk strategi 2011-2014
Swedish version
NordForsk Magasin 2010: 5-year jubilee issue
2010 marks five years since NordForsk was founded. In this 5-year jubilee issue of NordForsk Magasin you will find interviews with Halldór Ásgrímsson, Per Unckel, Jerzy Langer, Nils Christian Stenseth, Anneli Pauli, Gard Titlestad, Anne Tjønneland, Jon Ove Hagen, Ole Petter Ottersen and many others. The magazine contains articles in the Scandinavian languages, as well as in English. Shorter translations in English are also available throughout the publication.
NordForsk magasin 2-2009
In NordForsk Magasin 2-2009 you can read more about the Nordic Stem Cell Mobility Programme, the TRI sub-programme “Effect Studies and Adaptation to Climate Change”, the evaluation of the Danish Research Council system, Nordic Climate Solutions 2009 and NORIA-net for research infrastructure.
NordForsk magasin 1-2009
In this edition of NordForsk Magasin you can read interviews with the Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education, Tora Aasland and Chair of the Management Board for the Top-level Research Initiative, Rolf Annerberg. We also learn more about a PPP PhD research project on human embryonic stem cells (hESC), and Chair of the NordForsk Board, Gudrun Nordal shares her perspectives on the way forward.
Annual Report 2008
NordForsks‘s annual report 2008 presents our organisation and our work during 2008. The editorial is written by the Director of NordForsk, Liisa Hakamies-Blomqvist. There is also an interview with Halldór Ásgrímsson, the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The publication also presents main figures from the 2008 annual accounts. The report is written mainly in Scandinavian, but shorter translations in English are available throughout the publication.
NordForsk magasin 2-2008
Research infrastructure it the main theme of this issue of NordForsk magasin. Read more about the recent developments in Nordic research infrastructure policy, and about two infrastructure projects funded through Joint Nordic Use of Research Infrastructure. We have also interviewed Inge Mærkedahl, Director General of the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, and Riitta Mustonen, Vice President (Research) of the Academy of Finland.
NordForsk magasin 1-2008
The main theme of NordForsk Magasin 1-2008-1 is the Nordic Research and Innovation Area NORIA. The subject is presented through an introductory article on the challenges and opportunities facing NORIA, and an in-depth interview with the “founding father” and author of the Whitebook on NORIA from 2004, Gustav Björkstrand. Available for download only.
The Nordic region as a global health lab
By Monday Morning for NordForsk (2008).
Urban Development
Nordic strengths and challenges under the heading of a new global agenda. Av Nordregio og NIBR for NordForsk (2007).
Development in Research
An Outline of the Science Systems in Russia and the Baltic States. By Aadne Aasland for NordForsk (2007).
Stem Cell Research in the Nordic Countries
Science, Ethics, Public Debate and Law. By the Nordic Committee on Bioethics for NordForsk (2007).
NordForsk magasin 2007
Globalisation is the main theme of this edition of NordForsk magasin. Four prominent international researchers give interviews about excellence in research and how to create excellence in Nordic research, NCoE NECC co-ordinator Anders Lindroth contributes with an article on eco systems and climate change, and we look into climate change in the oceans.
Legislation on biotechnology in the Nordic countries – an overview 2014
The legislation on biotechnology varies markedly from one Nordic country to another. The aim of this report is to give the reader information of the current status in the different countries and a chance to compare the legal situations.
NordForsk Magazine 2014
The 2014 edition contains articles about selected NordForsk activities and interviews with among others Norway's Minister of Health and Care Services, Bent Høie, and Denmark's Minister for Higher Education and Science, Sofie Carsten Nielsen.
NordForsk magasin 2014
Årets magasin inneholder artikler om mange av NordForsks aktiviteter samt intervjuer med blant andre Norges helse- og omsorgsminister Bent Høie og Danmarks utdannelses- og forskningsminister Sofie Carsten Nielsen.
Nordic Societal Security Programme
Nordic Societal Security Programme brochure
The Top-level Research Initiative
Information brochure for the Top-level Research Initiative (2014).
Joint Nordic Registers and Biobanks - A goldmine for health and welfare research
This report is based on the work of the NORIA-net on Registers and Biobanks (NRB), a Nordic working group of key actors involved in Nordic research and research policy at the national level. Nordic register-based research has the potential to attract international interest and to enable the Nordic research community to take the international lead in this field.
Brosjyre om Toppforskningsinitiativet
Toppforskningsinitiativet (TFI) er den største felles nordiske forsknings- og innovasjonssatsingen noen sinne. Ved å involvere både kunnskapsmiljøer og næringsliv og bringe de beste hodene i Norden sammen, vil de nordiske landene bidra til å løse de globale klimautfordringene. Les mer i Toppforskningsinitiativets brosjyre (2010).
Nordic strength - perspectives on research collaboration
Rapporten är framtagen av NordForsk för att belysa nordiskt samarbete inom forskningens område från många olika perspektiv. Vi har inbjudit olika typer av aktörer att beskriva sina erfarenheter och åsikter på ett personligt sätt; många röster och många olika språk har fått utrymme i denna bok.
NordForsk Strategy 2015-2018
Research Integrity in the Nordic countries – national systems and procedures
NordForsk invited experts to a seminar on Research Integrity procedures and professional research ethics review processes in the Nordic countries. This report includes a summary of the presentations at the expert seminar which took place in Oslo, 9 April 2014, and gives an overview of the situation in each of the five Nordic countries.
Cognitus: A Science Case for High Performance Computing in the Nordic Region
This report has been prepared for the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC) Board to facilitate future decisions in the Nordic region in the area of high performance computing and related topics. An external expert, Dr. Robert Pennington, Deputy Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign was engaged as a special advisor to NeIC for the project. He consulted with Nordic researchers, Nordic HPC systems staff, NeIC staff, as well as other researchers who have been engaged in similar activities in other countries.
Nordic eScience Action Plan 2.0 : eScience and eInfrastructure in an international context
The first version of the Nordic eScience Action Plan was presented in November 2008, comprising ten concrete actions along three different action lines for implementing an integrated Nordic strategy covering higher education in eScience, eScience research and eInfrastructure. Following the successful implementation of many actions in the first version of the Action Plan, MR-U under the Swedish presidency of the NordicCouncil of Ministers, at the end of 2012, appointed a project leader and an ad hoc expert group to produce an updated version of the Nordic eScience Action Plan, the Nordic eScience Action Plan 2.0.
Legislation on biotechnology in the Nordic countries – an overview 2015
The legislation on biotechnology varies markedly from one Nordic country to another. The aim of this report is to give the reader information of the current status in the different countries and a chance to compare the legal situations. The first edition was published in 2014 and this is an updated version for 2015.
Solving the Climate Crisis – A Nordic Contribution
At their summer meeting in Finland in 2007, the five Nordic Prime Ministers decided to strengthen efforts related to Nordic research and innovation. They asked the Nordic Council of Ministers to draw up a proposal that would promote Nordic top-level research in close cooperation with trade and industry. The Nordic Prime Ministers met again in April 2008 at the Riksgränsen ski resort in Sweden, where they drew up the Riksgränsen Declaration which laid the foundation for the largest joint Nordic effort to promote research and innovation ever undertaken, focusing on climate, energy and the environment. The Prime Ministers’ pioneering Nordic cooperative effort became the Top-level Research Initiative. This book describes some of the important results from the initiative.
NordForsk Magazine 2015
NordForsk Magazine 2015 includes an interview between Denmark's Minister for Culture and Ecclesiastical Affairs, Bertel Haarder, and the former Icelandic Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir. Professor Erland Hjelmquist shares his thoughts about NordForsk health and welfare programme, and Chair of the Programme Committee, Fredrik Melander, presents the new Joint Nordic programme for neutron research.
NordForsk 10 years
Ten years have passed since NordForsk was established and this milestone is marked by an anniversary insert looking back at the early days and important events that have shaped NordForsk to be the organisation it is today. The anniversary insert includes NordForsk Director Gunnel Gustafsson's thoughts on the development of NordForsk during the last five years. Former head of department at the Nordic Council of Ministers Department for Knowledge and Welfare, Gard Titlestad, talks about NordForsk's history and the strategic priorities of the organisation in the years to come.
NordForsk Magasin 2015 - Scandinavian edition
NordForsk Magazine 2015 includes an interview with Denmark's Minister for Culture and Ecclesiastical Affairs, Bertel Haarder, and the former Icelandic Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir. Professor Erland Hjelmquist shares his thoughts about NordForsk health and welfare programme, and Chair of the Programme Committee, Fredrik Melander, presents the new Joint Nordic programme for neutron research.
Mapping of Nordic university cooperation on research 2015
This study was conducted as part of a NordForsk project, the strategic analysis of research policy, with a special focus on Nordic university cooperation, which aims to find new and better ways to support research cooperation between Nordic universities. The study provides an overview of existing research cooperation between Nordic universities. It investigates the motivation for cooperating with other Nordic universities, different forms and models for organising and funding cooperation, and the perceived added value of cooperation for the participating universities.
Brochure: The Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration
Information brochure about NeIC (The Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration).
Open Access to Research Data – Status, Issues and Outlook
This NordForsk policy paper presents the status of open access to research data in the Nordic countries, the EU and internationally. The report responds to the request by the Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Education & Research within the Nordic Council of Ministers to NordForsk to produce an overview of current knowledge within the area of Open Access to research data and identify possible joint frameworks and the corresponding implications.
NordForsk Magazine 2016
Features articles about NordForsk-funded activities and interviews with among others: Elisabeth Vik Aspaker, Birgitta Evengård, Allan Krasnik, Kristin Danielsen, Riitta Maijala, Angela Sasse, Sander Dekker, Martina Schraudner and Dagfinn Høybråten.
NordForsk magasin 2016 - Scandinavian edition
Inneholder artikler om NordForsks aktiviteter samt intervjuer med blant annet Elisabeth Vik Aspaker, Birgitta Evengård, Allan Krasnik, Kristin Danielsen, Riitta Maijala, Angela Sasse, Sander Dekker, Martina Schraudner og Dagfinn Høybråten.
Legislation on biotechnology in the Nordic countries – an overview 2016
The legislation on biotechnology varies markedly from one Nordic country to another. The aim of this report is to give the reader information of the current status in the different countries and a chance to compare the legal situations.
Education for Tomorrow – phase I. Key findings
This leaflet presents a number of key findings from the Nordic Centre of Excellence and six research projects that made up the first phase of the Education for Tomorrow programme, 2013-2018.
Education for Tomorrow – phase II
This fact sheet describes the objectives and targeted themes of the second phase of the Education for Tomorrow programme.
Nordic Education in Focus programme
Ethical review, data protection and biomedical research in the Nordic countries – a legal perspective
The report gives an overview of the existing legislation in the Nordic countries regarding the collection and re-use of health-related personal data in medical research. It also looks at how ethical review is integrated in the regulatory frameworks, including in the European general data protection regulation that will come into force May 2018.
Nordic biobanks and registers - A basis for innovative research on health and welfare
This report emphasises registers and biobanks as research infrastructures for innovative research on health and welfare. It gives an overview of current knowledge on cross-border development of research that uses Nordic registers, biobanks and clinical studies, and includes suggestions for policy implications.
Nordic migration and integration research: Overview and future prospects
This policy paper gives an overview of the current state of Nordic migration and integration research. It maps the existing migration and integration research infrastructure, points out gaps in the current research field and presents perspectives on developing Nordic added value.
Comparing research at Nordic higher education institutions using bibliometric indicators: Covering the years 1999-2014
This report is both an update and an extension of two previous reports with the same title: “Comparing Research at Nordic Universities using Bibliometric Indicators” from 2011 and 2014. With the current report’s use of more years, more institutions and more subject fields, the figures are not directly comparable to the figures in the former two. Therefore, it should not be seen as an update of the former two reports; rather it replaces these.
Legislation on Biotechnology in the Nordic countries - An overview 2017
The current report is an update of the reports on Legislation on biotechnology in the Nordic countries published annually since 2014. Given the clear need for such overviews, the Nordic Committee on Bioethics decided to update the tables to reflect recent legal amendments. The aim of this report is to give the reader information on the current status in the different countries and a chance to compare the legal situation.
More Nordic publications

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