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Up to NOK 55 million in funding for innovation projects in the health and welfare services

Public sector entities involved in management and/or service provision in the health and welfare services are invited to apply for funding for Innovation Projects for the Public Sector.

Innovation Project for the Public Sector Choose
11.10.2017 13:00 CEST



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

The HELSEVEL programme is announcing a total of NOK 55 million in funding.
Funding of NOK 2–8 million may be sought from the Research Council. Support is limited to maximum 75 per cent of the total project costs of the R&D activities in the project. Grant applications must be closely tied to the applicant’s entity/organisation, and the applicant’s own financing must be clarified. Own financing may consist of research-related activity and/or cash financing.

Guidelines and important considerations relevant to all types of applications in this call for proposals:

The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

Funding is available for Innovation Projects that are targeted towards achieving the objectives set out in the HELSEVEL work programme.

Who is eligible to seek funding for Innovation Projects?

This call for proposals is targeted towards public services that seek to incorporate R&D in their renewal and innovation efforts. Under this call, public services are limited to municipal and/or state services involved in administration and/or service provision within the service areas described in the work programme. The formal applicant must be a representative of one of these services.

Innovation Projects are projects in which the services cooperate with research groups, users/inhabitants, services across sectors, trade and industry, non-governmental organisations and others on needs-driven and knowledge-based/strategic innovation. Projects must be based on acknowledged needs and challenges within the services, must be part of the entity’s plans for development of the services and must build on genuine cooperation between the services and R&D groups.

Under this call, innovations are defined as new or significantly improved goods, services, processes, organisational and governance forms or models that are introduced to enhance value creation and/or for the benefit of society.

Application assessment

Particular priority will be given to projects that

  • contribute to the development of more efficient services;
  • create innovations in the management, leadership and organisation of services;
  • contribute to innovation in municipal services;
  • contribute to innovations in the interaction between the labour services and the health and care services;
  • incorporate ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) into the innovation processes.

Priority will also be given to projects that include:

  • major transfer value to other public sector entities, for instance other municipalities;
  • genuine project collaboration with corresponding services in other Nordic countries.

It is extremely important that the projects are closely tied to the services, and that there is genuine, integrated cooperation between the services and the research groups involved.

An explanation of this cooperation must be provided in the project description, and it must be clearly stated how the innovation will be tied to, used by and implemented in the services that need the innovation.

User involvement  

User involvement and knowledge about users are essential if innovation efforts are to succeed. Grant proposals must explain who the users are and how they will be involved in the planning and implementation of the project as well as the realisation of the innovation. Applicants must explain the role of user involvement and user perspectives for the project. In the context of this call, the term “user” refers to those who receive the service (inhabitants/patients), professional users/user organisations and/or those who deliver the service (employees).

Assuming that all factors relating to scientific merit and relevance are essentially equal, priority will be given to projects led by women project managers.