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Research council’s 2018 funding rounds show drop in applicants

The Research Council of Norway will pay out 3 billion Norwegian kroner (€317 million) as part of its last funding round of the year.

The council’s final call for applications resulted in 977 submissions, it revealed on 11 October. Almost half of these submissions came from companies, as the call was aimed at supporting R&D activities with businesses, the council said.

Four projects, which will share kr130m, will cover innovations in the public sector. “There was a lot of interest in research-supported innovation in public enterprises, especially in the municipal sector,” said Vidar Sørhus, the council’s special adviser on public-sector research.

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