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RESEARCH FOR A BETTER KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY

NIFU is an independent research institute and a proactive provider of knowledge for policy within the fields of education, research and innovation.

The core competence of NIFU is research, analysis, producing statistics, and developing indicators in our fields. Our research and statistics offer a solid base from which policy makers can develop integrated knowledge policies. Through our projects and events we aim to provide a vibrant meeting place for researchers, policymakers, the education and research sector and working life.

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The research area has the national responsibility for collection, processing, interpretation and dissemination of national R&D statistics and indicators for the overall Norwegian R&D system. Tasks includes the preparation of R&D statistics and development of new indicators, managing the Register of research personnel, as well as facilitating and analyzing patent data and data on scientific publications (bibliometrics).

The area aims to contribute to the development of better and more relevant indicators for the purpose of designing research and innovation policy in Norway as well as internationally.

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This research area covers a wide range of themes in Norwegian and international higher education. Higher education is studied from both individual and system perspectives. Key research themes are focused on universities and university colleges, their core activities, organisation and leadership, as well as students and staff in higher education. NIFUs research in this area is placed in a wider context of knowledge policies.

Our aim is to produce knowledge that can enable quality enhancement across various levels of education, examining both the trajectories from secondary to higher education, and the role higher education as a means for employability and lifelong learning.

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The research area comprises studies of all levels of primary and secondary education and training, as well as kindergarten and continuing education and training. NIFU conducts research within a broad educational policy framework and an overall goal is to provide research results and knowledge to improve quality at all levels of the educational system, from kindergarten through basic and higher education to employment.

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Jan 10 2017

NIFU-rapport 2016:45.   This report presents the findings from a study of the knowledge triangle in Norway carried out by the Nordic Institute for Studies of Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) in the period September 2015 to January 2016. The study was commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and is part of an OECD project organised by the ...

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Jan 2 2017

NIFU-rapport 2016:41. The EU Framework Programmes (FPs) constitute large arenas for R&D funding and cooperation with research groups in Europe and beyond. For Norway, participation in the EU Framework Programmes (FP) has become an increasingly important dimension of national R&D and innovation policy. Current national R&D priorities are well harmonized with the ...

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Dec 28 2016

Abstract: We investigate methodological problems in measuring research productivity at the national level by comparing official R&D statistics from the OECD with publication data from the Web of Science. Data from 18 countries are analysed. This paper problematizes the approach taken in studies where R&D statistics are used as an input variable and publications as an ...

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Dec 20 2016

Abstract: This article explores the significance for academic staff members of research groups established and formalised as part of research strategies at university faculties. It also explores the levels of participation and stresses the importance of such group-related activities with regard to the level of participation, perceived impact on research quality and researcher ...

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Dec 20 2016

Abstract: In this article we examine the relationship between educational level and position in the labour market at age 25 for those who have completed upper secondary education or lower as their highest educational level. Whilst completion of upper secondary education is widely regarded as being important, we find that early and lasting work experience can compensate for ...

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Dec 16 2016

RIO Country Report: Norway 2015. The RIO Country Report offers an analysis of the R&I system in Norway, including relevant policies and funding, with particular focus on topics critical for EU policies. The report identifies the main challenges of the Norwegian research and innovation system and assesses the policy ...

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Dec 12 2016

This paper reviews path-creation processes in road transport systems in the Nordic countries: e-mobility in Denmark, hydrogen and fuel-cell electrical vehicles in Norway, and advanced biofuels in Finland and Sweden. The study builds on the path creation literature, which seeks to explain the emergence of new technological pathways. Drawing on recent insights concerning the ...

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Dec 5 2016

NIFU report 2014:5. This report was commissioned by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and presents the results from a survey of researchers in Switzerland conducted in October 2013. The purpose of the project is to provide background information to the SNSF for the development of their funding ...

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Jan 10 2017

NIFU-rapport 2016:45.   This report presents the findings from a study of the knowledge triangle in Norway carried out by the Nordic Institute for Studies of Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) in the period September 2015 to January 2016. The study was commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and is part of an OECD project organised by the ...

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Dec 5 2016

NIFU report 2014:5. This report was commissioned by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and presents the results from a survey of researchers in Switzerland conducted in October 2013. The purpose of the project is to provide background information to the SNSF for the development of their funding ...

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Nov 30 2016

NIFU Report 2016:36. The humanities are widely discussed in the science policy debate in Norway. Several books have been published on the field’s nature and uniqueness, and its framework conditions are discussed in leading newspapers and especially in the weekly Morgenbladet, which for a long time ran a series about the “crisis in the humanities”. The field is currently ...

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Nov 30 2016

NIFU Report 2016:37. NIFU has conducted a follow up study on social science research on environmentally friendly energy, on commission from the Research Council of Norway. The study builds on and updates a 2010 NIFU STEP report on the same ...

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Nov 24 2016

R-QUEST Policy Brief no. 1. Policies  attempting  to  promote  high  quality  research  are  widespread.  But  w hat  does  it  mean  to  promote  high quality research? And do the policies work?  This policy brief summarises what we know and do not know about  these ...

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Oct 3 2016

NIFU Working Paper 2015:18. This working paper gives a summary of the mapping of resources and results of educational R&D in Norway in 2013. The project was funded by the Research Council of Norway, whereas this working paper is funded by the Ministry of Education and Research. This is the third survey on educational R&D in Norway conducted by NIFU. Norway has ...

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Sep 21 2016

In the Europe 2020 strategy, one of the goals is to have at least 40% of 30-34–yearolds complete higher education. Reducing dropout and increasing completion rates in higher education is one of the key strategies for achieving this goal, which is regarded as crucial for creating the high-level skills that Europe’s knowledge-intensive economic sectors need as well as for ...

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Sep 16 2016

This report on the circular bioeconomy in Scandinavia is a deliverable of the first work package of the research project “Sustainable path creation for innovative value chains for organic waste products” (SusValueWaste, project number 244249). We gladly acknowledge the Bionær programme under the Research Council of Norway for funding our project. The report is the result ...

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Dec 28 2016

Abstract: We investigate methodological problems in measuring research productivity at the national level by comparing official R&D statistics from the OECD with publication data from the Web of Science. Data from 18 countries are analysed. This paper problematizes the approach taken in studies where R&D statistics are used as an input variable and publications as an ...

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Dec 20 2016

Abstract: This article explores the significance for academic staff members of research groups established and formalised as part of research strategies at university faculties. It also explores the levels of participation and stresses the importance of such group-related activities with regard to the level of participation, perceived impact on research quality and researcher ...

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Dec 20 2016

Abstract: In this article we examine the relationship between educational level and position in the labour market at age 25 for those who have completed upper secondary education or lower as their highest educational level. Whilst completion of upper secondary education is widely regarded as being important, we find that early and lasting work experience can compensate for ...

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Dec 12 2016

This paper reviews path-creation processes in road transport systems in the Nordic countries: e-mobility in Denmark, hydrogen and fuel-cell electrical vehicles in Norway, and advanced biofuels in Finland and Sweden. The study builds on the path creation literature, which seeks to explain the emergence of new technological pathways. Drawing on recent insights concerning the ...

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Nov 18 2016

Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark - Report 2012. Knowledge about the innovation systems with respect to new energy solutions and technologies is of central importance for understanding the dynamics of change in the energy sector and assessment of opportunities for moving towards more climate-friendly and sustainable energy systems and for ...

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Nov 18 2016

This paper unpacks resource mobilisation for biorefineries by studying investment decisions of incumbent pulp and paper firms in Sweden and Finland. The analysis highlights that the limited adoption of biorefinery technologies can be attributed to both insufficient abilities (lack of needed competencies and partnerships) and interests (preference for improving existing ...

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Nov 10 2016

This article explores whether old, incumbent industries can prevent new, green industries from emerging by studying the rise and fall of the Norwegian advanced biofuel sector. It investigates three competing explanations that have been proposed to account for why Norway failed to develop a vibrant industry within this field: (i) the petroleum industry acquired all available ...

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Nov 6 2016

Learning outcomes are now mandated in higher education courses across Europe. However, their impact on teaching and student learning is both uncertain and an issue for debate. In this paper, we explore (1) what is meant by learning outcomes in diverse contexts and (2) whether policy and practice governing learning outcomes accord with developments in learning theories, ...

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Jun 23 2016

In this project, we intend to deepen our understanding of the relationships between lifelong learning and the employability of older adults. By carrying out both quantitative and qualitative studies, we will seek to identify the forms and trajectories of learning that are most conducive to the employment of older adults and explore whether there are gaps or weaknesses ...

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Jul 6 2016

OECD har tatt initiativ til en ny undersøkelse rettet mot ledelse og personale i barnehager som jobber direkte med barna. Hovedmålgruppen for studien er ISCED 0.2 (3 til 5 år). Det vurderes også en tilleggsopsjon for personalet på ISCED 0.1 (0 til 2 år). NIFU har ansvar for gjennomføring av 3S-undersøkelsen i ...

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Nov 30 2015

The SusValueWaste-project addresses these issues by analysing value chains inside and across different sectors of the bioeconomy. We analyse a number of industrial cases from different parts of the bioeconomy and collaborate with highly relevant industry actors. The aim of the project is to help policymakers better govern and regulate the organic waste industry and the ...

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Nov 30 2015

The technical-industrial research institutes constitute a core element of the Norwegian R&D and innovation system. The planned evaluation of the technical-industrial research institutes in 2015 will encompass 18 units/institutes, and give a wide perspective of the institutes’ activities and framework conditions. It shall provide assessments of how the institutes perform ...

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Jul 4 2016

The BRAIN Project, with the full name Barriers and drivers regarding adult education, skills acquisition and innovative activity, is funded by The Norwegian Research Council, under the programme Research and Innovation in the Educational Sector (FINNUT) for the period 2014 – 2017. A central objective is the application of PIAAC data to conduct international comparisons on ...

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Dec 1 2016

NIFU’s study on education quality and student learning for Norad aims to: -Identify key challenges for education quality                                                                                    -Identify types of interventions that have shown the most successful results in terms ...

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Dec 1 2016

Climate change is considered to be an interdisciplinary field of research (Hadorn et al. 2008), i.e. it is viewed as being dependent on the knowledge and skills of people from a variety of different disciplinary backgrounds. Researchers of climate change are increasingly organising themselves into interdisciplinary centres and networks, while research evaluators (RCN, 2012) ...

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