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Better Health and Quality of Life (BEDREHELSE)

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A list with the project titles of all applications under processing will be published on the Research Council website. Please note that the project summary may be forwarded to referees when they are asked to assess the grant application. The project title and the project summary should therefore not disclose sensitive information.


The primary objective of the Research Programme on Better Health and Quality of Life (BEDREHELSE) is to promote research and research-based innovation of high quality that can help to improve public health, enhance quality of life and reduce social inequalities in health. The highest priority area under the BEDREHELSE programme is developing and strengthening intervention research, and the programme is intended to promote research that enhances the basis for new, effective national health-promoting and preventative measures. 

Secondary objectives

  • To promote research encompassing the development, implementation and evaluation of measures designed to foster health and quality of life, prevent disease and premature death, and reduce social inequalities in health;
  • To promote research on the causes of ill health, health, quality of life and social inequalities in health;
  • To promote research on the prevalence and distribution of quality of life, health, disease, mortality, risk factors, and preventive and health-promoting factors in specific areas where knowledge is lacking, is considered necessary and can be of benefit;
  • To encourage methodological development and analytical capacity, improve the evidence base and promote sharing of data and research results;
  • To develop and strengthen user involvement, personal privacy, communication and dissemination activities;
  • To promote and develop research-based innovation and facilitate commercial development activities for public health;
  • To develop and strengthen research in, about and with the municipalities;
  • To develop and strengthen Nordic cooperation and internationalisation;
  • To help to establish internationally leading research groups and enhance recruitment, competency and research management;
  • To promote inter-, multi- and transdisciplinary research.

Please also refer to the BEDREHELSE work programme (see link to the right).

Projects with funding:

These projects are all part of the BEDREHELSE programme portfolio. Some of them were awarded grants under previously existing programmes. The overview provides a summary and other key information of relevance to each project. (The overview may contain information in Norwegian.)


This programme/activity normally accepts grant applications from:

Norwegian research organisations (see the document Definition and specification of the concept "research organisation" in the column at the right-hand side of the page).



Overall budget:

The programme’s annual budget is approximately NOK 93 million.

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