The Research Council of Norway works to add value to the research system by facilitating research that actors in the system could not successfully achieve working on their own.
- The Research Council seeks to promote an integrated R&D system that supplies high-quality research, develops knowledge for dealing with key challenges to society and the business sector, fosters dynamic interaction within the R&D system nationally and internationally, and creates a framework for learning, application and innovation.
- The Research Council works to identify overall research needs and proposes priorities that have been defined through the active involvement of its governing and advisory bodies and wide-ranging external consultation. The Council seeks to create added value for the research system by taking on tasks that individual research institutions cannot realise on their own.
- The Research Council’s sphere of action encompasses all subjects and disciplines, all thematic areas and all aspects of society, from basic research to research-based innovation and commercialisation.
- Research funding allocated via the Research Council’s competitive arenas may be awarded to all qualified Norwegian research environments, companies and public entities. Activities extend across the regional, national and international levels.
- The Research Council seeks to strengthen the international position of Norwegian research together with other actors in the research system and serves in the role of change agent in these matters. The Research Council works to promote high-calibre research and win greater acknowledgment of research as a cultural, value-creating force that fuels social development.