Foreign aid, development research, EU research programmes, local competence development, institution building, international forums

NIVA is renowned for its high level of competence in environmental management, both nationally and internationally. We participate in EU research programmes, have projects in development research and carry out advisory assignments around the world. We also participate in a number of international forums.

With our competence in aquatic sciences we have contributed to projects in over 70 countries. For instance we have had many projects in China, Sri Lanka, Chile, Venezuela, Ghana, Myanmar and Greece.

International activities at NIVA are organised in four areas:

  1. EU framework programmes for research
  2. Participation in international forums
  3. Projects in development research
  4. Advisory services


Photo: Jonas Ådnøy Holmqvist.


1. EU framework programmes for research

Through our engagement in projects under the framework programmes we take part in the development of knowledge needed to address current societal issues while increasing our competence. In the current framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, NIVA is partner in 14 projects.

Examples of projects:

  • FairWay: Farm systems that produce good Water quality for drinking water supplies (2017-2021)

  • AQUACOSM: Network of Leading European AQUAtic MesoCOSM Facilities Connecting Mountains to Oceans from the Arctic to the Mediterranean (2017-2020)

  • INTAROS: Integrated Arctic observation systems (2016-2021)

  • MERCES: Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas (2016-2020)

  • TAPAS: Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability (2016-2020)

  • STEMM-CCS: Strategies for Environmental Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage (2016-2020)

  • JERICO-NEXT: Joint European Research Infrastructure network for Coastal Observatory – Novel European eXpertise for coastal observaTories (2015-2019)

  • AtlantOS: Optimising and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems (2015-2019)

  • Respon-SEA-ble: Sustainable oceans: our collective responsibility, our common interest. Building on real-life knowledge knowledge systems for developing interactive and mutual learning media (2015-2019)

  • MARS: Managing Aquatic ecosystems and water Resources under multiple Stress (2014-2018)

  • SEA-ON-A-CHIP: Real time monitoring of SEA contaminants by an autonomous Lab-on-a-chip biosensor (2013-2017)

>> Read more about some of our projects:


2. Participation in international forums

NIVA participates in a number of international forums. This network enables us to build and share our competence with other professional circles and with government agencies, and also generates research and development assignments. NIVA:

3. Projects in development research

NIVA helps Norwegian authorities implement development aid strategies. We cooperate with  authorities in developing nations to establish projects with Norwegian and multilateral funding, for instance the Nordic Development Fund, the Water Fund of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank.

NIVA activities include:

  • Sharing state-of-the-art environmental management competence with local stakeholders, decision makers and researchers
  • Establishing concepts and solutions to meet environmental challenges in collaboration with local researchers
  • Building competence that can manage environmental challenges locally and sustainably
    Providing advice for adapting to the demands of and following up international environmental conventions and directives
  • Contributing to the establishment and development of institutions for local environmental authorities
  • Help in establishing monitoring activities and laboratories for analyses

4. Advisory services

NIVA helps the private and public sectors in many countries to solve their environmental challenges and improve environmental supervision, as well as to improve cost-efficiency and productivity related to water. The projects are financed by grants or by the clients themselves. We often collaborate with other Norwegian, international or local professional agencies or institutes.

We also have subsidiaries, e.g. in Chile (NIVA Chile) and China (NIVA China), and a regional office in Copenhagen that actively collaborate in our international initiatives.


Inga Fløisand, EU-advisor
Anne Lyche Solheim, senior research scientist and research coordinator for the EU Water Directive
Thorjørn Larssen, Deputy Managing Director


Last updated 26.01.2021