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The Norwegian Contact Office for Research, Innovation and Education is as a joint office with three partners: The Research Council of Norway (RCN), Innovation Norway (IN) and Norwegian Directorate for Education and Skills. We offer advice and services to all Norwegian actors within research, innovation and education. We also offer advise and input to stakeholders in Brussels. 



as a bridge between stakeholders in Norway and the rest of Europe 


European collaboration within research, innovation and education



Norwegian participation in EU programmes

to the development of the European policy in research, innovation and education 


Norwegian actors' ability to achieve their international goals 



The Research Council of Norway (RCN) is the national strategic and executive body for research and research-based innovation. They serve as key advisory body to the authorities on research policy issues and carry out tasks commissioned by 15 ministries.


RCN seeks to promote an integrated R&D system that supplies high-quality research, develops knowledge for dealing with key challenges to society and the business sector. RCN invests billions in research and innovation on behalf of the Norwegian government, to ensure that this funding goes to the best research and innovation projects.

Innovation Norway (IN) is the Norwegian government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. IN supports companies in developing their competitive advantage, to enhance innovation, and create value by stimulating profitable business development.


INs programmes, grants and services are intended to create more successful entrepreneurs, more enterprises with capacity for growth, and more innovative business clusters. IN is a global actor with offices in all regions of Norway and in close to 40 countries worldwide.

The Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (HK-Dir) is the executive agency for the Ministry of Education and Research within higher- and higher vocational education sectors, responsible for implementing the national skills policy. HK-Dir advise the Ministry, implement national policies, and coordinate incentive schemes and management instruments.


HK-Dir contribute to enhance the quality of education and skills, and to strengthen international collaboration. HK-Dir strive to make lifelong learning and career guidance accessible to all, and to improve the match between demand and supply of skills to the labour market.

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