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Type of institution
The Council acts as:
A government adviser, identifying present and future needs for knowledge and research
A funding agency for independent research programmes and projects, strategic programmes at research institutes, and Norwegian participation in international research programmes
A co-ordinator, initiating networks and promoting co-operation between R&D institutions, ministries, business and industry, public agencies and enterprises, other sources of funding, and users of research
The Research Council of Norway is responsible for increasing the general knowledge base and will contribute to meeting society's needs for research by promoting basic and applied research in all areas
Main research areas
Culture and Society Division is responsible for ensuring a high level of expertise in the humanities and social sciences. The main objectives of the Division are to contribute to developing the R & D system, and to initiate and support research. Through its 22 research programmes, the Culture Division funds researcher-initiated projects, and basic funding for research institutes. The Culture and Society Division lays a foundation for proactive research activities. Other important means include measures aimed at human resource development, the recruitment of researchers, identification of research needs and transmission of knowledge. The Culture and Society Division has a budget for 2003 of 74 million Euro. The Division's portfolio is increasingly interdisciplinary. However, approximately 60 million Euro was spent on social sciences research.
Since the early 1990s The Culture and Society Division's research on ageing has focused on care and services for the elderly, organised as a sub-programme within the national programme on welfare research. From 2003 an extended initiative has been implemented within a ten year timeframe, and for the first five years concentrated on five selected institutions, covering social and medical science. This initiative includes research, development of new approaches, and establishing of national longitudinal databases, allowing comparative research, and generally broadening of the perspectives on ageing.
The social science research will focus on labour market, retirement, public and private care, and labour related welfare options, families and intergenerational relations, coping with mental health and quality of life, long-term care and service systems. Additional aspects are related to elderly as potential resources. The medical research shall focus on the role of scavenger cells in the ageing process, genetic and metabolic dementia, and longitudinal cohorts related to neurological, cognitive and psychiatric aspects of Parkinson's disease. This multi-disciplinary initiative's main strategic goal is to strengthen and develop Norwegian research on ageing within a period of ten years and a total budget frame of NOK 100 million 2003 - NOK 8,5 million from 2004 NOK 10 million per year. The scientific or industrial target groups of this research are; public authorities and organisations, the public in general. The research programme currently funds five research projects on ageing.