A joint initiative led by the Norwegian Confederation of Industry, the University of Oslo, NTNU and SINTEF has proposed that NOK 20 billion should be invested in laboratories and scientific equipment during the coming decade. The request is also supported by the Research Council of Norway and a number of Norwegian companies. SINTEF President Unni Steinsmo believes that it is essential to invest in world-class laboratories in areas in which we can make a contribution at an international level.
Here she has identified renewable energy sources, materials and energy systems of the future as fields of technology in which Norway is capable of being a global leader. This will require long-term research and first-class scientific equipment, as well as close cooperation between universities, research institutes and industry. Funds would be put into laboratories, scientific equipment, plant and other research infrastructure, creating the foundations for more advanced technological research in Norway.