Call for applications, funding for 2023
Helse Sør-Øst RHF announces a call for application for approx. NOK 110 million for health research in the region. The call is open to all disciplines and research areas. A portion of the funding allocated projects within four thematic areas.
Application deadline is Tuesday 6 September 2022 at 16:00.
Who can apply?
Note! Applicants can only submit one application each to this call through their own applicant institution.
For 2023, research funding is available within the following categories:
All applications must be submitted through the applicant's institution, i.e. a health trust / private non-profit hospital or a private institution with application access in Health South-East. The PI (applicant) must have a PhD and should have at least 20% employment at an applicant institution when the application is submitted and throughout the project period.
Helse Sør-Øst RHF has set an upper annual funding limit per PI. The limit is NOK 4.5 million for 2023 and includes both ongoing and new research projects, regardless of application category.
External project manager
PI filling the formal criteria outlined above, may submit one additional application as an external PI for a PhD or postdoctoral fellowship at a non-university hospital in the region. External projects are not included in the annual quota per PI. Note, however, that external project managers who have been granted an application for research funding in the last three years (project start-up 2020, 2021 or 2022) cannot submit a new application as an external PI in this call.
Upper age limit for project manager
Persons over the age of 70 (b. 1952 or earlier) cannot submit an application, but may have a role as a project participant. If a PI turns 70 during the project period, the application must be accompanied by a confirmation from the applicant institution that the project management will be transferred to another PI when this occurs. Please use the template provided for submitting such confirmation.
Funding priorities within thematic areas
The board of Helse Sør-Øst RHF has decided to allocate up to NOK 10 million for projects within four priority areas. Applications for such funding must have their main project activities within one of the priority areas. It is not sufficient that the topic is only included as a sub-element in the application.
In this call, the following areas are prioritized:
- Patient safety and quality improvement
- Studies on the relations between working conditions, safety culture and quality
- Studies of measures aimed at suicide prevention and studies focussed on the use of coercion
- Digital therapies in mental health care
- Studies of experiences with and effects of digital treatment strategies and follow-up
- Health competence
- Studies of relations between health competence, coping and clinical outcome measures
- Studies of the effects of improving health competence for patients/relatives
- New ways of working and division of tasks in the health service
- Studies of experiences with and effects of new ways of working and division of tasks in diagnostics and treatment
Choice of application process and classification
The applications must be submitted electronically via the online solution eSøknad.
When submitting, the applicant must choose one of the following processes:
A. Applications for research funding in the thematic open call
B. Applications for research funding allocated to priority areas
The same application can only be submitted in one of these options.
The application must also be classified by the PI / applicant into one of the following subject groups:
- Clinical research in mental health and substance abuse / addiction
- Research in public health, epidemiology, health services, etc.
- Clinical somatic research
- Clinical somatic research, including therapy research
- Health and biomedical informatics
- Biomedical research with a translation perspective
- Experimental medicine
- Translational research and precision medicine
The classification has a consequence for the assessment of the application. Please note that subgroups have now been added to the subject groups for clinical somatic research and biomedical research with a translation perspective. See also an overview of the composition of each group. As a general rule, applications will not be moved between the subject groups, however, sub-groups can be merged if the number of applications is particularly low.
Evaluations of applications and user participation
All applications are evaluated on scientific quality and expected impact for patient treatment, according to criteria prepared jointly by the regional health authorities.
Please note that the plan for user participation is included as an element in the project description and will be part of the application assessment. The project description must state the extent to which users are involved in the planning and implementation of the project, or why this is not relevant.
This refers to:
- overview of the review criteria
- National guide for user participation in health research
- Description of the process for application review in Helse Sør-Øst RHF
Applications that do not meet formal requirements described in the call will be rejected. See an overview of possible reasons for rejecting applications.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ, you will find answers to many common questions regarding applications for research funding.
If you have questions beyond this, you should preferably send an e-mail to
Application support is also provided by the following:
Berit Merete Øien (tel. 974 00 284):
Randi Vad (tel. 936 18 028)
Trude Golimo Simonsen (tel. 476 57 673)
In case of any discrepancies between the Norwegian and English versions, the Norwegian version shall take precedence.