Research Council Norway (RCN)

Programme owner and manager

The Research Council is Norway's official body for development and implementation of the National research strategy. The Council is responsible for enhancing Norway's knowledge base and for promoting basic and applied research and innovation in order to help meet research needs within society. It actively promotes international research cooperation. The RCN has three areas of focus:

  1. it serves as an advisory body on research policy issues;
  2. it identifies research needs; and
  3. it recommends national priorities. Through the establishment and implementation of targeted funding schemes the RCN facilitates the translation of National research policy objectives into action.

The RCN serves as a meeting place for researchers, funders and users of research findings, as well as for the different sectors and subject fields that are affiliated with the world of research.


Function Special adviser  Per_Backe-Hansen.jpg
Division Division for Energy, Resources and the Environment
Areas of expertise

Science manager, Coordinator for the current research programme Environment 2015.
Seconded National Expert in the European Commission, DG Research, Dir I (Environment) 2001-2005. Partner of ERA-NET Cofund Biodiversa 3.
Norwegian head of delegation to GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility).
Member of Norwegian delegation to IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services).

Role in Water JPI activities

Governing Board representative - voting member
Partner in the ERA-NETs Cofund WaterWorks2014, WaterWorks2015 and WaterWorks2017, and in the CSA IC4WATER on “Supporting International Cooperation on Water”
Joint Calls: funding partner in the Pilot Call, 2015 Joint Call, 2016 Joint Call and 2017 Joint Call
SRIA: team member


Johannes HOLMEN
Role in Water JPI activities

Partner in the ERA-NETs Cofund WaterWorks2015 and WaterWorks2017, and Work Package and Task leader in the CSA IC4WATER on “Supporting International Cooperation on Water”
Call Secretariat and National contact point for the 2017 Joint Call

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