Norwegian research has had good growth conditions for a long time. This has led to record-high utilisation of resources from public funds for research and development, in both the public and the private sectors. However, it is not expected that this growth will continue at the same pace in the coming years, even though the government’s long-term plan for research is still the current policy. Parallel to this growth, a major change in academia has been via mergers between many universities and other institutions of higher education, and presently a similar process is now underway in the institute sector. Within a few years, the number of research institutions in Norway will be almost halved. This will strengthen the individual institution, but will also lead to more competition between the sectors. Meanwhile, the possibility to succeed in the international competition will be strengthened after this consolidation. In this situation, several owners of research institutes in south and west Norway have taken the initiative to form a new and large research institute that also encompasses IRIS. Our contribution in such a new company will be a high level of professional expertise, good customer relations, unique research infrastructure and a corporate culture where employees and managers jointly work together on common goals. With such a new research institute, the cooperation with the University of Stavanger will remain to be very important and will be further developed so that we together reach a stronger professional position, in order to obtain national and international research funding for our region.