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Norway moots permanent cuts to research council board

Smaller number of board members hoped to reduce complexity and improve accountability

Norway’s research ministry has proposed to permanently reduce the number of board members at the country’s research council—the Forskningsrådet—to improve the body’s governance.

The council’s board is already operating under reduced capacity, after its 11 members were removed by the ministry over a budget hole worth nearly 3 billion Norwegian krone (€28m). In December, the government was forced to issue a NOK1.6bn emergency grant to ensure the council could continue operating and funding research projects.

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