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Forskningsrådet calls for more money in 2016

Norway’s research council Forskningsrådet has urged the government to increase the research budget by 1.1 billion Norwegian kroner (€120m) in 2016.

The council suggested in a document outlining its 2016 strategic priorities that more money should be spent on research covering sustainability and on promoting innovation, as well as on improving Norway’s participation in Horizon 2020 and recruiting top-level researchers.

“Research and innovation are long-term investments and the results come in a long time in the future,” Arvid Hallén, head of Forskningsrådet said in a statement on 2 December. “It is important to step up efforts toward a more sustainable society, and these are big challenges that cannot be solved without knowledge and technology.”

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