The Top-level Research Initiative

The Top-level Research Initiative (TRI) is the largest joint Nordic research and innovation initiative to date. The initiative aims to involve the very best agencies and institutions in the Nordic region, and promote research and innovation of the highest level, in order to make a Nordic contribution towards solving the global climate crisis.

The TRI aims to develop reliable climate models to predict future climate change, while at the same time better preparing society to deal with the impacts of climate change.


The Top-level Research Initiative consists of six sub-progammes encompassing the entire solution chain from research on climate change and its impact on society, to innovation and the development of solutions within environmental technology, energy efficiency and new forms of energy. NordForsk has a particular responsibility for the first two sub-programmes:

Video presentation of the Top-level Research Initiative and its results


The Top-level Research Initiative's secretariat

The three Nordic institutions NordForsk, Nordic Innovation Centre and Nordic Energy Research act as secretariat for the iniviative. The three institutions are all under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Read more on the Top-level Research Initiative website!

Facts about the programme