Research & Innovation

The research area covers studies of research- and innovation policies, including bibliometrics, evaluations and studies of R&D and innovation systems. International cooperation and cross country comparisons are central elements in our work. The area is led by Head of Research Espen Solberg and counts 15 full time researchers and 7 associate professors from Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

 There is growing awareness that research and innovation are central drivers of societal progress and change. Our research aims at providing policy makers and society with independent research based knowledge about funding, priorities and organization of R&D and innovation. Norwegian ministries and the Research council of Norway constitute our main users, but our portfolio also includes a range of international projects and participation in a number of international networks.

Two areas stand out as particularly important research lines in our current portfolio:

  • Studies of research quality, based in our international research centre R-Quest, led by Dr. Liv Langfeldt
  • Studies of R&D and innovation in energy and environment, notably through the large scale Nordic project SusValueWaste, led by Dr. Antje Klitkou

Our expertise in bibliometrics constitutes a major methodological platform, where NIFU’s research group holds a leading position in Norway and is actively involved in international cooperation. The research area also has extensive experience in policy analysis, evaluations, qualitative analysis and use of R&D and innovation statistics. The latter includes close cooperation with the research area in Statistics & Indicators.

User dialogue and dissemination is a central perspective throughout all activities. We organize regular seminars and workshops and publishes the quarterly journal Forskningspolitikk (research policy), with articles in all three Scandinavian languages.

  • publications
  • projects
Dec 29 2017

Empirical Research Avenues for Regional Policy Elaboration

Arbeidsnotat

NIFU Arbeidsnotat / Working Paper 2017:15. This Working Paper presents the findings from an exploratory analysis financed by the FORINNPOL-programme (project no. 271925/O50) and the BIONÆR-programme (project no. 244249) under the Research Council of Norway (RCN). The main purpose of the ...

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Aug 16 2017

Unique, but still best practice? The Research Excellence Framework (REF) from an international perspective

Academic article

Journal article in Palgrave Communications, published online August 15, 2017. Abstract: Inspired by The Metric Tide report (2015) on the role of metrics in research assessment and management, and Lord Nicholas Stern’s report Building on Success and Learning from Experience (2016), ...

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Jun 27 2017

Constraints and possibilities : A comparative study of public support to industry-oriented research and development

Report

NIFU report 2017:11. The Research Council of Norway has several funding schemes for public funding of industry-oriented research and development (R&D). The aim of this study is to investigate funding schemes in five other European countries, both in term of funding mix and patterns, what are the most important ...

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Jun 21 2017

Pathways to global impact : Tracing the impacts of development research funded by the Research Council of Norway

Report

NIFU report 2017:13. This report presents the findings of a project commissioned by the Research Council of Norway (RCN). The main purpose of the project has been to capture and analyze the results and impacts of development research in Norway. Special attention has been devoted to RCN’s targeted ...

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May 1 2017

Towards regional innovation systems in Norway? An explorative empirical analysis

Report

NIFU Report 2017:8. This report presents the findings of an analysis of Regional innovation systems (RIS) in Norway. The analysis was undertaken as part of the research project ‘Exploring the role of the VRI program in regional innovation system formation and new path development’, funded by the ...

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Apr 7 2017

Science deserves to be judged by its contents, not by its wrapping: Revisiting Seglen’s work on journal impact and research evaluation

Academic article

Journal article in PloS ONE, vol. 12(3), 2017. Abstract: The scientific foundation for the criticism on the use of the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) in evaluations of individual researchers and their publications was laid between 1989 and 1997 in a series of articles by Per O. Seglen. His ...

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Mar 24 2017

Technological innovation systems for biorefineries: a review of the literature

Academic literature review

Journal article in Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, published online March 15, 2017. Abstract: The concept of a bioeconomy can be understood as an economy where the basic building blocks for materials, chemicals, and energy are derived from renewable biological resources. ...

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Mar 22 2017

Do general innovation policy tools fit all? Analysis of the regional impact of the Norwegian Skattefunn scheme

Academic article

Journal article in Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, vol. 6(6) 2017. Abstract: Background: The paper examines the regional effects of a general innovation policy, i.e. a policy tool that does not target specific industries or subnational regions. General policy tools are an ...

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Jun 23 2016

Silver lining – a study of employability and learning trajectories of Late Career Learners

Project

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 ...

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Nov 30 2015

Sustainable path creation for innovative value chains for organic waste products (SusValueWaste)

Project

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 ...

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Nov 30 2015

Secretary to the panel evaluating the technical-industrial research institutes

Project

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. ...

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Dec 1 2016

Impact Assessment study on Open, Transparent and Merit Based Recruitment of Researchers

Project

The study is commissioned by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission and is aiming to assess the factors impacting "Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment of Researchers." The goal of this study is to identify the current status of recruitment processes of researchers ...

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Dec 1 2016

A Better understanding of Interdisciplinary research in Climate Change (BICC)

Project

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 ...

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Dec 1 2016

Role of Demonstration projects in innovation: transition to sustainable energy and transport (InnoDemo)

Project

This project will provide key insights on the role trial and demonstration projects can play in improving the development and diffusion of innovations and accelerating transition processes. It concentrates on demonstration projects and trials for sustainable transport and energy solutions in Norway, Denmark and ...

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Dec 1 2016

Innovation policy learning from Norway in Western Balkans

Project

The overarching objective of WBinNO is to assist policy makers in the Western Balkan countries to develop and implement innovation policies by way of identifying appropriate good practices in other countries and through the analysis of their emerging innovation systems. These countries depend on the creation, transfer ...

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