The research at NGI is performed on project assignments from the industry, through funding from The Research Council of Norway, participation and funding from the EU's research programmes (H2020), and through self financing. The results, represented as knew know-how and expertise, or new methods or technology, shall be relevant for the market and the society, and shall come to use and be applied when relevant in practical design and construction.
R&D within all four market areas
NGI practises R&D within all four market areas and technical disciplines. Examples of and description of completed and ongoing R&D projects with active NGI participation can be seen here.
Of the annual basic allocation from the Research Council of Norway (NOK 34,3 million in 2019), around 40% is used for research into three or four defined strategic topics over a three-year period. The remainder is spent on specific research assignments over the year within the various technical disciplines. In addition NGI receives annual funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, administered by NVE (The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate) to fulfil our national responsibility related to avalanche research. In 2019 this funding was NOK 4 mill.
The results from these projects are often used as feasibility studies for relevant topics and challenges faced by the industry and the authorities, and can subsequently result in major research assignments. The results from NGI's research activities are directly used in consultancy assignments and the design of new solutions.
We work closely with specialist communities and research centres both at home and abroad. Through the publication of research results, extensive lecturing activities, participation in expert committees and international expert panels, NGI actively contributes to sustainable development.
NGI continues to host a number of international experts and researchers on scholarships and exchange visits.
Broad technical expertise
NGI has expertise within geotechnics, other geosciences and associated fields such as mechanics, dynamics, applied mathematics, information technology, physics, chemistry and monitoring technology.
This knowledge coupled with NGI's extensive experience is crucial when researching new solutions.