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Research funds are to be an incentive as well as an economic contribution to produce more high quality research, and to build research expertise through awarding PhD and postdoctoral fellowships.
The Regional Liaison Committee (Det regionale samarbeidsorganet) between Western Norway Regional Health Authority, University of Bergen, University of Stavanger and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, which decides the distribution of research funds, encourages regional cooperation in the research projects.
Aims and criteria describe who can apply for research funds from Helse Vest. For more information about who can apply, including access to this year’s Agreement of support form, please see the information under Who can apply for research funding.
The application form
Norwegian or English language can be chosen in the application form. The current guidelines are also available in English.
For applicants who have not used eSøknad before, please refer to the
presentation of eSøknad.
Application categories and guidelines
Guidelines for all application categories have been prepared in addition to the general guidelines for Helse Vest's research funds. Applicants need to review the requirements and the advice that these guidelines provide. Each of the active application categories in this call can be found on the
call for applications page.
Please make a note of the following:
The applicant must be employed (min. 20%) by a health trust in the region or by a private, non-profit institution that has an agreement with Helse Vest. If the employment requirement is not met, people can still apply if an agreement of support with a health trust or a private, non-profit institution is attached, please see Who can apply for research funding for more information.
The scholarship rate is to cover salary with social expenses and running costs. Need for running cost beyond what is included in the scholarship rate, must be met from other sources.
Clinical research fellowships no longer requires partial financing from the applicant institution.
The length of «postdoctoral fellowships» depends on the completion of a research stay abroad. One can apply for 2½ years, 100% (5 years, 50%). This can be extended by 6 or 12 months if one completes a research stay abroad of the same length. See special application categories for expanding the fellowships.
The maximum application amount for the application category «Open project support» (open prosjektstøtte) is NOK 1,5 million per year up to 3 years.
Quality and benefit to patients and impact on patient care
Applications to Helse Vest are evaluated for scientific quality and the project's benefit to patients and impact on patient care. These two criteria are equal, in that meaning that neither high benefit/impact nor high quality alone is sufficient to receive funding. Read more about the evaluation criteria in
Aims and criteria.
User involvement in research
User involvement in research is to provide added value to research, by involving the users in one or several parts of the project. All applicants are to explain any user involvement in the project or why this is not applicable. Find out more about this in the
template for project description. Lack of user involvement or lack of description of why user participation is not relevant, will reduce the assessment of the application.
Two attachments are to be uploaded with the online application: 1) Project description and 2) Other attachments (which attachments are required depend on the application category; please see the guidelines in the form).
template for the project description has been prepared. Please note that all the main headings in the template are compulsory, while some of the subheadings give guidance and are not always relevant for all projects/application types.
CV and list of publications are part of “Other attachments”. Please note that the CV should preferably not exceed two pages, see also suggested
Please also note that...
For PhD fellowship applications: At least one of the supervisors must be employed by a university or college in the region
Personnel financed by the funds must be employed by the applicant institution
Research funds are awarded to and must be managed by a health trust or private, non-profit institutions in the region (i.e. the applicant institutions)
The funds may only be used by the project the funding was applied for
The funds must be used in accordance with the award, the general principles and the applicant institution's guidelines
Overhead cannot be covered from the funds
Helse Vest encourages publication of results in open access journals. Please note that Helse Vest operating funds may be used to cover costs related to publication in such journals.
Granting of the research funds will be decided at the Liaison Committee's (Samarbeidsorganet) meeting on the 26th of November 2020. The results will be announced on the Liaison Committee's website as soon as possible after the meeting.
Please contact the
Regional Centre for Clinical Research if you have any questions.
Note: In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and English version of announcement and guidelines, the Norwegian version is the legally binding version.