The Norwegian Centres of Expertise Programme (NCE) is established to enhance sustainable innovation and internationalization processes in the most dynamic and growth-oriented Norwegian clusters
The programme supports long-term development processes in the clusters based on collaboration betweenindustry, R&D and the public sector. Twelve clusters have so far been selected and given status as a NCE project.
The NCE Programme is jointly owned and implemented by the three main Norwegian innovation agencies: Innovation Norway, the Research Council of Norway and SIVA, with Innovation Norway having the main responsibility.
The programme was launched in 2006, and is funded by two ministries: the Ministry of Tradeand Industry and the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development.