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Key figures for the Research Council for 2013

The publication also presents key development trends in the 2009–2013 period, and includes overviews of Norwegian participation under the EU Seventh Framework Programme and projects under the SkatteFUNN tax incentive scheme, in addition to statistics on the Research Council’s applications and allocations.

The full version of the publication is available in Norwegian only. An abridged English version is currently being prepared.

Growth in allocations to health trusts

“Key figures for the Research Council for 2013” shows it is the health sector that demonstrates the largest growth in percentage in allocations from the Research Council in the 2009–2013 period.

  Percentage of the total for 2013
Change 2009-2013
University and university college sector
 
31% -2%
 
Research institute sector 
 
44% 6%
 
Trade and industry
 
17% 3%
 
Health trusts
 
3% 34%
 
Other
 
6% -21%
 
TOTAL  100%  2%

 

The independent research institute sector saw some growth in allocations in the same period, first and foremost due to an increase in basic funding. The decrease in allocations to the university and university college sector is primarily related to a decrease in allocations to the universities. The research institute sector still receives the highest percentage of Research Council allocations, 44 per cent, but that includes basic funding.

Increased allocations under the programmes

There has been an overall decrease in allocations under the programmes in the past five years. There was, however, an increase of 5 per cent from 2012 to 2013, due on the whole to allocations under user-driven innovation programmes and policy-oriented programmes. Allocations to independent projects have grown by 37 per cent during the five-year period, but there was a slight drop of 2 per cent from 2012 to 2013.

Although there has been a significant rise in allocations to research infrastructure in recent years, these declined by 68 per cent from 2012 to 2013. This is primarily due to the fact that no new funding announcement for research infrastructure was issued in 2013. Combined, the funding awarded to independent projects and under the programmes now accounts for over 50 per cent of the allocations from the Research Council.

Allocations from the Research Council distributed by the most important funding instruments, in NOK million.  Allocations from the Research Council distributed by the most important funding instruments, in NOK million.

Decline in number of fellowships

The Research Council contributes to the recruitment of research personnel for the most part through allocation of project funding, but to a certain degree through earmarked funding for recruitment activities. The publication shows a decline in the number of doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships in most of the scientific fields in the past five years. The decrease is strongest for both types of fellowships in the subject field “Mathematics and Natural Sciences”, with 38 per cent and 41 per cent respectively, and echoes the general trend for post-doctoral fellowships. The decline is primarily due to three factors: an increase in rates for fellowship grants, a general decrease in allocations, and over-allocations in previous years.

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