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Investing more in research on societal security

“Research allocations from the budget of the Ministry of Justice have been extremely low and are still not good enough. Our ambition is to increase investments in the future,” states Mr Anundsen.

“It is an important step forward that we can now increase research activity on societal security. Society needs a deeper understanding of these issues and we need to develop research environments with broad-based expertise in this essential field,” says Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council. He is very pleased to note the Government’s comments regarding escalation of research efforts in this field.

“Society is in need of wide-ranging research on risk and societal security extending across agencies and sectors because the issues are cross-sectoral by nature and are shared by many stakeholders,” Mr Hallén explains. “The need for knowledge became even more apparent following the terrorist attacks on Oslo and Utøya on 22 July 2011, in which a total of 77 persons were killed.”

Tough competition and high-quality

Only six of the 43 applications submitted to the SAMRISK II programme for the February deadline were awarded funding, attesting to the high degree of interest and the keen competition for funding.

Mr Hallén emphasises that it is crucial to make project findings available to everyone working with societal security. The knowledge generated will be used to enhance prevention, preparedness, rescue services, crisis management and learning.

Click here for the list of projects awarded funding in this round. (PDF-9 KB)   

The SAMRISK II programme is to generate new knowledge and a deeper understanding of the risk and threats facing society as well as the capability within society to maintain critical societal functions and safeguard lives. The research programme promotes interdisciplinary research and provides funding to applicants from a variety of disciplines within social sciences, technology subjects as well as certain physical sciences.

In 2013, the SAMRISK II programme awarded approximately NOK 20 million in funding to three projects addressing risk communication.


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