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Partners and funders


The land infrastructure, SDU1 and Node 1 is funded by Equinor ASA.

The extension of the infrastructure is funded by The Research Council of Norway (contract no. 245843) through the National Program for Research Infrastructure (INFRASTRUKTUR).

Seed funding has been provided by NCE Subsea (now GCE Ocean Technology)

All partners contribute with in kind contributions.


IMR (project manager)

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is one of the biggest marine research institutes in Europe, with about 1,000 employees. Our main activities are research, advisory work and monitoring.

In January 2018, the IMR was merged with NIFES – the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research. The new institute will be a leading supplier of knowledge relating to the sustainable management of the resources in our marine ecosystems and the whole food chain from the sea to the table.

Our head office is in Bergen. We also have an office in Tromsø and research stations in Matre, Austevoll and Flødevigen. In addition, the Research Vessel Department has ownership responsibility for the research vessels, which are its most important tools for collecting marine data. The IMR also has several laboratories that analyse the samples taken by its monitoring and research programmes.

Through its research and advice, the IMR seeks to help society to continue exploiting the valuable assets in the sea sustainably. We are a neutral knowledge provider, and we publicise our research results both in Norway and internationally.

The IMR is affiliated to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, which also provides around half of our funding. The rest of our funding comes from external research grants.

FFI, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment 

Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) is the prime institution responsible for defence-related research in Norway.

The Establishment is the chief adviser on defence-related science and technology to the Ministry of Defence and the Norwegian Armed Forces’ military organization.

The demand for expert and flexible armed forces requires continuous renewal and Norway’s unflagging emphasize on defence technology keeps FFI busy. It is a true challenge to make significant contributions to the development of the Armed Forces – both in its principal national defence role as well as in its various roles as an effective participant in international security operations.

Relevant defence research now requires international cooperation. In order to maintain a position at the forefront of science and technology within chosen sectors, FFI collaborates with national and international scientific institutions and industry. The Establishment also has a close working relationship with its partners and customers.


The Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center was formally established on November 28th 1986 as a non-profit research foundation.

The Nansen Center - NERSC - is conducting research within earth science systems in the High North and the Arctic, where we use broad interdisciplinary expertise to investigate and map marine, cryospheric and atmospheric conditions. This is done by using satellite measurement, in-situ measurements, and numerical modeling of sea and seaice, data assimilation, polar acoustic measurements, climate dynamics and predictions, as well as scientific data dissemination. We both practice and disseminate socially relevant research, and annually produce a large number of scientific articles and national and international reports.

Today, the Nansen Center consists of approximately 75 employees. Our workplace is at Marineholmen in Bergen. Our research has an international perspective, which also applies to the workforce, and we have researchers from 28 countries.

Last year we lead or were otherwise involved in over 100 research projects at home and abroad. Among other things, we have coordination responsibility for the EU project “INTAROS” (Integrated Arctic Observing System). This project has 49 partners from Europe, North America and Asia. We also have a central role in “COPERNICUS” (Arctic Marine Forecasting Center). The Nansen Center is also one of ten partners for the Norwegian research project “The Nansen Legacy” The research projects are financed mainly through the Research Council of Norway, the EU, ESA (European Space Agency), as well as basic funds from the Ministry of Climate and Environment. We also carry out assignments from industry. In addition, financial support is received from local public and private actors.

The Nansen Center is one of four partners in the Bjerknes Center for Climate Research in Bergen, together with the University of Bergen, NORCE and the Institute of Marine Research.

NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS 

NORCE is a new and forward-looking research institute, with expertise in a wide range of fields and strong communities of knowledge. We deliver research and innovation in energy, health care, climate, the environment, society and technology. Our solutions address key challenges for society and contribute to value creation on the local, national and global levels.

NORCE is one of Norway's largest independent research institutes, if we include NORCE's subsidiaries, the group has 1000 employees from around the world. The group's knowledge is represented in several countries, and its turnover is over NOK 1,3 billion.

NORCE's main office is in Bergen, and the group has a strong presence in Alta, Tromsø, Bardu, Bodø, Haugesund, Randaberg, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Grimstad og Oslo.

The largest stakeholders in NORCE are the University of Bergen, the University of Stavanger, the University of Agder and UiT The arctic University of Norway.


SINTEF is one of Europe’s largest independent research organisations. Every year we carry out several thousand projects for customers large and small.

For more than 70 years, SINTEF has developed solutions and innovation for society and customers all over the world. This is how we have become a world-leading research institute.

We deliver innovation by developing knowledge and technologies that are brought into practical use.

SINTEF is a broad, multidisciplinary research organisation with international top-level expertise in the fields of technology, the natural sciences, medicine and the social sciences. We conduct contract R&D as a partner for the private and public sectors, and we are one of the largest contract research institutions in Europe.

Our vision is Technology for a better society.


The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university. Academic diversity and high quality are fundamental for us. UiB is the most cited university in Norway.

There are seven faculties at UiB and there are more than 18 000 students at the university. Around 2 000 of these are international students. We employ close to 4 000 faculty and staff. PhD candidates are paid employees, making the doctoral degree at UiB particularly attractive for rising talent. About one in three graduating doctors are from outside Norway.


UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a medium-sized research university that contributes to knowledge-based development at the regional, national and international level.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is the third largest in Norway and the northernmost university of the world. Its location on the edge of the Arctic implies a mission. The Arctic is of increasing global importance. Climate change, the exploitation of Arctic resources and environmental threats are topics of great public concern, and which the University of Tromsø takes special interest in. At UiT The Arctic University of Norway you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.


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