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Research council payouts grow

The Research Council of Norway distributed 8.9 billion Norwegian kroner (€940 million) in grants in 2016—kr1bn more than the previous year, according to its annual report.

The council had a total budget of kr9.3bn in 2016, up from kr8.3bn in 2015, it said in the report published on 26 April. Non-university research centres received the biggest share of the money, at kr3.5bn, followed by universities and university colleges at kr3.2bn. Third came industry, which received kr1.6bn.

In the report’s foreword, John-Arne Røttingen, the administrative director of the council, said that government spending on R&D had now exceeded 1 per cent of Norway’s GDP. “Researchers are publishing more, industry is doing more research and researchers are collaborating more, both nationally and internationally,” he said.

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