Western Norway research Institute take part in the board of VRI Sogn og Fjordane. VRI Sogn og Fjordane is a project funded through the Norwegian research counsil's program for regional innovation. Behind the project is a collaborative effort between county municipality in Sogn og Fjordane, the business association (NHO), the labour union (LO), Innovation forum Sogn og Fjordane, Innovation Norway, Sogn og Fjordane University College (HSF), Inkubatoralliansen and Vestlandsforsking. The Board manage a fund of at least NOK 9,6 million to be spent by the end of 2008.
The project have four target areas:
- marine business
- renewable energy
- "change management"
Important subjects across these target areas are:
- research-based brokering
- information and communication technology