NordForsk is an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers that provides funding for and facilitates Nordic cooperation on research and research infrastructure. NordForsk was established in 2005 by the Nordic Council of Ministers. NordForsk’s key stakeholders comprise the national research councils, universities and other research-funding bodies.

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NordForsk manages different programmes and projects. The NordForsk Bioeconomy Programme aims to produce new knowledge on how to foster and advance the transition to a bioeconomy-based society in the Nordic countries by integrating research, innovation and entrepreneurship in the private and public sectors.

The Bioeconomy Programme has funded 90 million NOK for three Nordic Center of Excellences for the five year period (2017-2022):

1) Toward Versatility of Aquatic Production Platforms: Unlocking the Value of Nordic Bioresources (NordAqua)

2) An Integrating Nexus of Land and Water Management for a Sustainable Nordic Bioeconomy (BIOWATER)

3) Nordic Centre for Sustainable and Resilient Aquatic Production (SUREAQUA)