In case of any discrepancies between the Norwegian and English versions, the Norwegian version shall take precedence.
Type of funding||Open Project support|
Application access||The applicant should have a doctoral degree and at least 20% employment at an institution with application access to regional funding|
Amount||1 - 3 mill. NOK per year|
Content||Scientific personell and/or support personnel and/or running costs|
Latest possible start date||December 1st 2022|
category is set up to fund researcher-initiated projects of size and high scientific quality.
The principal investigator (PI) must have a doctoral degree and should hold at least 20% employment at the applicant institution by the time of submission and throughout the project period.
Note that the PI may apply for funding of his/her own position as a researcher in this category.
The category includes stipends for PhD, postdoctor and/or researcher positions. Candidates employed as researchers should be capable of carrying out research independently, without supervision.
Formal guidelines for
postdoctoral positions awarded by Helse Sør-Øst RHF should be followed. Note that PhD positions as a rule of thumb should encompass 3 FTEs, while any new postdoctoral positions should be equivalent to at least 2 FTEs. Researcher positions are not regulated in the same manner, and there are no limitations to FTEs funded by Helse Sør-Øst RHF.
Personnel in scientific positions funded by Helse Sør-Øst RHF should be employed and have their main work address at the applicant institution throughout the project period. Candidates in scientific postitions should as a rule not be named in the application, but should be reported to Helse Sør-Øst RHF as soon as they are engaged on the project.
Application for researcher position
A PI may apply for his/her own researcher stipend within this category. Note that for these applications, the following apply:
For both situations, the PI should include a researcher positions equivalent of at least 1,5 FTEs. The position should not be less than 50% employment.
The researcher position is included in an already established group, headed by another group leader. Only attachments as for ordinary application within the category is required.
The researcher position will be used to establish an independent research group. The following attachments should be included:
Plan for establishment of an independent research group
Recommendation from the applicant institution
Funding and duration
Helse Sør-Øst RHF awards 1-3 million NOK per year for up to three years in the category Open project support.
Note that the application budget must be within the given limits. Descriptions of the various cost elements must be provided, either in the application form itself or in the project description.
Regional research funding from Helse Sør-Øst RHF cannot be used for employment of personnel or procurement of equipment etc. in other health regions or abroad. However, it is possible to purchase research services from external parties. In such cases, this must be made visible in the budget and explained in the application.
It is possible to convert a scientific position (from 100% down to min. 50%) after an award has been received (see dedicated form: changes to research project).Available budget elements
Funding is available for scientific positions (doctoral, postdoctoral and researcher positions).
For doctoral candidates, the award is given as a lump sum, incl. salary costs and running costs. For postdoctoral and researcher positions, the grant can be awarded either as a lump sum or as actual costs for the position in question. For 2022, the lump sum is 1 187 000 NOK.
The application may also include funding for technical/support staff, e.g. technical personnel, research nurses, project coordinators etc. Please state title, % share, costs and duration for each position. The project description should highlight the need for these positions and their role(s) in the project.
It is not possible to apply for compensation for the PI for project management or supervision of PhD candidates.Running costs
Running costs essential for the project may be included. Funding is available for smaller equipment (up to 300 000 NOK), costly analyzes, database solutions, biobanking, monitoring etc.
If the project includes patients, compensation of patient recruitment may be included in the application, e.g. using a per patient-cost model. This should be reflected in the project description.
Publication costs should be made visible in the budget if this is included as a cost element in the project. If publication costs are included, these costs cannot exceed 50 000 NOK per year.
Mandatory attachments for applications for Open Project support
All documents must be converted to PDF format before uploading in eSøknad. The project description is uploaded as a separate PDF file, while all other attachments must be merged in a single PDF file.
Submit the requested attachments only. Additional attachments will not be considered by the peer-review committees.
The recommended font are as follows: Arial 11 pt / Times New Roman 12 pt or similar, single spacing, min. 2 cm margins. For references and tables, 9 pt may be used.
Note! The application and all uploaded attachments must be completed in English. Norwegian can only be used when the templates are in Norwegian.
The principal investigator's CV should be enclosed.
In addition, CVs for up to 2 other key scientific collaborators may be submitted.
See suggested CV template:
|Each CV should be
maximum 2 pages and written in English.|
List of publications|
List of publications should be included for the principal investigator. In addition, the publication lists for up to 2 other key scientific collaborators may be submitted.
Each list must contain relevant publications and
should not exceed 3 pages.
Project description||Please view template for the project description:
The project description should be written in English. It should be max. 10 pages including figures, tables and list of references.
Additional attachments, researcher position and establishment of independent research group