Promotes greater innovation in the public sector

Bybanen Bergen Light Rail. (Bybanen.no)

The Research Council of Norway is expanding its efforts to promote innovation in the public sector. A new policy in this area has been drawn up. The objective is to stimulate the public sector to invest in and use research that produces new and better solutions.

“The concept of ‘innovation in the public sector’ entails new linkages between a variety of current paths in Norwegian knowledge production with experience from industrial and technological development and emerging social entrepreneurship,” says Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council.

He believes that research can help to create a more systematic framework for innovation processes and that the authorities have a lot to learn from the steps that have been taken to link research and innovation in trade and industry.

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