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Innovation centres praised after first 10 years

Norway’s Centres for Research-Based Innovation have fulfilled their goal of building scientific expertise in businesses and should continue on the same track, a report has found.

The centres, 38 of which have been set up in the 10 years since the scheme was launched, were created by the Research Council of Norway to help companies increase their innovativeness. They have received around 3.3 billion Norwegian kroner (€350m).

While the general evaluation of the centres was positive, the report, commissioned by the council, said that funds for the commercialisation of ideas emerging from the centres were still sometimes scarce. It recommended the creation of contingent additional funds to increase the delivery of innovations from the centres.

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