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Global Centres of Expertise

Photo by Terje Borud, Innovation Norway
From award ceremony in Oslo 12 June 2015, from left; Monica Mæland - Minister of Trade and Industry, Jon O. Hellevang - Senior Subsea Innovator NCE Subsea, Owe Hagesæther - CEO NCE Subsea, Jan Tore Sanner - Minister of Local Government and Modernisation.

GCE Ocean Technology is one of the three global centres of expertise in Norway.

The Norwegian subsea industry’s world-leading position and the established interaction between industry actors formed the basis for the Norwegian government’s appointing of a Norwegian Centre of Expertise for subsea technology in 2006.

In 2014 Innovation Norway, SIVA and the Research Council of Norway announced the establishment of a new Norwegian programme for cluster development.

The existing programmes Arena and Norwegian Centres of Expertise (NCE) are continued and a third level was established with the Global Centre of Expertise. The three programs constitute the different levels in the Norwegian Innovation Cluster program.

In June 2015, NCE Subsea was awarded the status Global Centre of Expertise (GCE) and the company name was changed to GCE Subsea. In February 2019 we made a huge leap into the future as an ocean technology cluster. With the new name, GCE Ocean Technology, in place, the establishment of the cluster as leading within ocean industries is now initiated.

The GCE programme is owned by Innovation Norway, the Industrial Development Corporation of Norway (Siva) and the Research Council of Norway. The programme has a ten-year perspective and is financed by the Norwegian government.

The number of centres is limited so that they can focus their efforts on strengthening on-going innovation and internationalisation processes in the most modern, sustainable and ambitious industrial clusters in Norway.

GCE Ocean Technology is supported by