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Parties pledge to boost R&D spend

All the major parties in the Norwegian parliament have promised to increase research spending to 3 per cent of GDP by 2030 in their election manifestos.

The eight parliamentary parties have published their manifestos ahead of the national election scheduled for 11 September. The ruling “blue-blue” coalition—prime minister Erna Solberg’s Conservative Party and the Progress Party, which is right-wing libertarian—want to increase the share of competitive research funding, while the Labour Party, the Centre Party and the Christian Democratic Party want to increase the amount of basic funding for higher education institutions.  

The Conservative Party, which has 48 MPs in the 169-member parliament, said more emphasis should be put on quality. Research programmes that are not high quality or are irrelevant should be shut down, it said.

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