Only a tiny proportion of research applications receive support from the Research Council of Norway, and the national budget does little to improve the bottleneck. This year, the Council approved less than 10 per cent of projects and only six per cent for basic research. For several years, green initiatives and business-related research have been prioritized. Cuts to the Council amount to more than NOK 700 million, in addition to increasingly competitive financing. And it can get worse, according to the Council, seeing that the national budget proposes zero growth for long-term basic research.