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Call for applications - regional research funding for 2025

Helse Sør-Øst RHF announces NOK 130 million for health research in the region. In addition, up to NOK 10 million will be allocated targeted funding within prioritised thematic areas, and up to NOK 5 million will be allocated strategic research funding to non-university hospitals.

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The application deadline is Wednesday 4th September 2024 at 16:00 

 Application categories 

For 2025, research funding is available within the following application categories:  

  • Doctoral grants   
  • Postdoctoral grants  
  • Open project support 

See the guidelines and an overview of mandatory attachments for applications in all categories.  

Who can apply?  

The Principal Investigator (PI) should register as the applicant. The PI must have a PhD and be employed in at least a 20 % position at the applicant institution from the application deadline and throughout the project period. In addition, the PI's main position must be in the health region Helse Sør-Øst. Please refer to the requirements for the PI and a list of approved applicant institutions.  

Please note: A PI may only submit one application through their own applicant institution in this call for proposals.  

Helse Sør-Øst RHF has set an upper annual limit for the amount awarded per PI. This limit is NOK 4.5 million for 2025 and includes both ongoing and new research projects, independent of the application category.   

Selection of thematic group for distribution of the application to the relevant review panel  

The application must be submitted electronically via the online solution eSøknad. In the application form, there is a list used for classification of the application to one of the following groups:   

  • Clinical research in mental health and substance abuse/addiction  
  • Research in health services, health economics, public health, epidemiology, etc.  
  • Clinical somatic research  
    • Clinical somatic research, including therapy research  
    • Health and biomedical informatics  
  • Biomedical research with a translational perspective  
    • Experimental medical research  
    • Translational research and precision medicine  

The members of the review panels are carefully selected to reflect the thematic profile within each thematic group and the subject areas included in the applications in these groups. A correct classification of the application is therefore a central element in the application process and instrumental for the distribution of applications to the members in each panel.   

Please note that subgroups have been added to the subject groups for clinical somatic research and biomedical research with a translational perspective. The subgroups may be merged if the number of applications in one group is particularly low.   

Please note: The PI is personally responsible for classifying the application into the correct group. It is not possible for the administration in Helse Sør-Øst RHF to re-classify the application after the deadline.    

Please see an overview of the composition of each subject group.  

Prioritised research areas  

The board of Helse Sør-Øst RHF has decided to earmark up to 10 million NOKs of the call to research projects within the following three areas:   

  • Quality improvement and patient safety 
  • Decentralised services and seamless patient pathways  
  • Digitisation 

Please refer to our website for a description of the prioritised thematic areas.  

Strategic allocation to non-university hospitals  

The board of Helse Sør-Øst RHF has decided that the same amount of research funds as previously will be set aside for the non-university hospitals in the region . These funds have been included in this call for proposals.   

Please see the guidelines for the strategic research funds of non-university hospitals. 


Design requirements  

The application must be complete and meet all the requirements in the call for proposals. We draw particular attention to the following:   

  • The PI must fulfill all formal requirements.  
  • The application must contain all mandatory attachments. 
  • The budget must be drawn up in accordance with the guidelines for the relevant application category. 
  • User participation in the project must be explained, or why this is not appropriate.  

Applications that do not meet the formal requirements in the announcement may be rejected. See an overview of possible reasons for rejection of applications.

Application form 

Create an application for research funding.

Application review 

All applications are assessed according to three criteria for scientific quality and three for expected impact on the health services  

Please see the description of the procedure for processing applications for regional research funds in Helse Sør-Øst RHF. 

Frequently asked questions and contact information 

Under frequently asked questions, you will find answers to many of the most frequent questions regarding applications for research funding. If you have any other questions, please contact us via email: forskningsmidler@helse-sorost.no 

If necessary, please contact:
Berit Merete Øien: tel. 974 00 284
Randi Vad: tel. 936 18 028 

In the event of any discrepancies between the Norwegian and English versions of the tender documents, the Norwegian version will take precedence. 


Sist oppdatert 01.07.2024