Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2014
Date Ended:2023
Policy Type:Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)
Policy Target:Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Research Council of Norway
Funding:167 MNOK (2016); 154,3 MNOK (2015)

The Large-scale Programme on Climate Research (KLIMAFORSK) is the Research Council’s initiative for climate research. Launched in 2014, the programme will run through 2023.


The KLIMAFORSK programme is a broad-based, long-term research programme aimed at providing new, future-oriented knowledge of national and international significance.

Primary objective: The KLIMAFORSK programme will promote outstanding climate research to the benefit of society.

Secondary objectives: The KLIMAFORSK programme will: 

  • Increase knowledge about natural and anthropogenic climate change;
  • Improve knowledge about the impacts of climate change on nature and society;
  • Enhance knowledge about the transition to a low-emission society and adaptation to climate change.

Strategic secondary objectives: The KLIMAFORSK programme will work to:

  • Achieve integrated climate research;
  • Promote climate research projects within an open thematic framework;
  • Encourage boldness in scientific thinking and scientific innovation in research projects;
  • Enhance the international profile and contribution of Norwegian research groups;
  • Foster the development of a new generation of climate researchers;
  • Expand expertise and applicable knowledge in trade and industry and the public administration;
  • Facilitate dynamic, targeted communication activities;
  • Increase the use of available data and research infrastructure.

The Research Council’s previous large-scale programme on climate research, Climate Change and Impacts in Norway (NORKLIMA), was concluded in 2013. Projects funded under the NORKLIMA programme that had not been concluded in 2013 have been incorporated into the KLIMAFORSK programme portfolio.


The programme is currently funded by the Ministry of Climate and Environment, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and cross-sectoral funding from the Ministry of Education and Research. 

Related policies:Centres for Environmentally-friendly Energy Research , Research Council of Norway, ENERGIX program
This record supersedes:Climate Change and Its Impacts in Norway - NORKLIMA

Last modified: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:56:56 CEST