The Committee aims to promote natural sciences in the Nordic countries through collaboration and coordination. Members update each other about developments in their respective countries.
Furthermore, NOS-N maintains ongoing contact with the Nordic Council of Ministers and research councils in the Baltic countries.
For the past decade, NOS-N has given priority to research strategy issues – prior to that, it financed projects and supported publications.
NOS-N initiated the first Nordic “Centre of Excellence" programme in 2002. The programme focuses on global change and is co-financed by the research councils and the Nordic Council. Four programmes on global change were established during 2002.
The chair and secretariat rotate among the Nordic member countries at three-year intervals.Finland has chaired NOS-N since January 2004, and Iceland hosts the secretariat.
Lars Börjesson, Secretary General of the Committee on Research Infrastructures represents Sweden in NOS-N.