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Researching what matters most: food.

Food is important in so many ways. It is of course, fundamental to life. But food is also business. Food is about jobs and where people live. Food is culture.

Nofima has close ties to Norwegian food production. We are Norway’s leading food research institute and engage in applied research and development within the fields of aquaculture, fisheries and the food industry.

Our research is industry-oriented and relevant, and the knowledge we generate is actively applied by our clients.

Sustainable food for everyone

Nofima´s vision

That’s why you often find our scientists onsite in various businesses working closely with the staff who manage net-pens, at fish reception stations and salmon processing facilities, in meat halls, bakeries and other food production facilities.

Research-based innovation increases value creation and improves competitiveness. For small and medium-sized businesses, we often play the role of their research and development department.

Research is at the core of knowledge-based innovation.

Facts about Nofima

  • 391 employees, of which 171 have a PhD
  • 661 millioner NOK turnover (2020)
  • 618 different projects (2020).
  • Customers from 28 countries (2020).

Who owns us?

The Norwegian state v/ Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Ownership: 56,8%.
Read more about the owner in Brønnøysundregistrene.

The Foundation for agricultural food research

Ownership: 32,2%.
Read more about the owner in Brønnøysundregistrene.

Akvainvest Møre og Romsdal

Ownership: 10%.
Owned by Sunndal and Averøy municipality and Møre og Romsdal county municipality.
Read more about the owner in Brønnøysundregistrene.

Who finances our research?

The Norwegian state v/Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries (NFD)

NFD is responsible for fisheries and aquaculture management, seafood safety, fish health and fish welfare, the framework conditions for seafood trade and market access for Norwegian seafood. NFD funds Nofima’s research infrastructure.

The Research council of Norway (NFR)

NFR is a research policy adviser for the government and the ministries which allocates NOK 10 Bn. annually for research and innovation. The Research Council’s mission is ensure that this funding goes to the best research and innovation projects. The organization is at the forefront in developing research of the highest quality and relevance.

The fishery and aquaculture research fund (FHF)

FHF manages the funding scheme for industrial research and development work within fisheries and aquaculture to contribute to sustainable value creation and growth in the industry.

The research funding for agriculture and food industry and partner companies (FFL/JA)

FFL/JA organization finances research and innovation for the entire value chain. The projects should cover key knowledge gaps and ensure good user involvement.

The European Union

HORIZON 2020 is the EU framework programme for research and innovation. Its goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Companies/public funding bodies

The Board

  • Chair: Olav Fjell
  • Eirik Selmer-Olsen, R&D Director, Tine (Deputy chair)
  • Edel Storelvmo
  • Thomas Henning Farstad, managing director, Milarex
  • Tine Annette Grytnes Laskerud, CEO Grytnes Entreprenør AS
  • Cathrine Finne Kure, Senior Scientist, Nofima AS
  • Audun Iversen, Scientist, Nofima AS
  • Tone Aspevik, Scientist, Nofima AS

Nomination committee

  • Anne Marit Skulberg,
  • Per Berg, Stiftelsen for Landbrukets Næringsmiddelforskning
  • Randi Dyrnes, Akvainvest Møre og Romsdal