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Call for proposals

The national programme for clinical therapy research in the specialist health service, KLINBEFORSK, shall contribute towards giving Norwegian patients better opportunities to participate in clinical trials and is initiated as a contribution towards implementation of the national strategy HelseOmsorg21. The call is open to all clinical disciplines; however, projects should focus on meeting the needs and close the knowledge gaps that are of the greatest importance to patient treatment.

The Norwegian regional health authorities jointly announces a call for applications to support clinical multicentre studies with the aim of improving existing treatment procedures and/or developing or evaluating new regimens. The total budget available for 2021 is approximately 135 mill. kroner.

For 2021, there is also a priority for studies on surgical treatment of lipoedema and non-surgical treatment of children/youths with clinical obesity.

Applications should be submitted using the electronic platform:  eSøknad

The specific guidelines for applications have been developed for:

A. Project applications to KLINBEFORSK (Open Call)

B. Applications for funding for needs-identified research (priority areas)

Who may apply?

Applications must be put forward by health institutions or private, non-profit hospitals with access to funding from the regional health authorities (cfr. list of institutions). Other private institutions with access to regional funding cannot act as an applicant institution, but may participate in the projects as collaborating partners.

The principal investigator (applicant) and main collaborating partners (at least one per health region) should hold at least a 20% position in an applicant institution at the time of application and throughout the project period.

Any individual principal investigator may only submit one application to KLINBEFORSK; however, he/she may contribute as a collaborating partner in several projects.

A person over the age of 70 may not apply to KLINBEFORSK. If an applicant reaches this age during the project period, the applicant institution should submit a written statement describing how the project will be handled with a new PI.

Funding will not be awarded more than once to any main project within one and the same project period.

A. Project applications to KLINBEFORSK (Open call)

Projects are supported by KLINBEFORSK for a period of up to five years. Any budget should be within the range of 5-20 million NOKs for the entire project period, it should be realistic and described in detail.

Costs arising from the implementation of the research project may be covered by the KLINBEFORSK grant, however, expenses incurred by ordinary treatment of patients should be covered by the hospitals / institutions themselves.

Support for recruitment of patients is limited to Norwegian patients only.

Establishment of a national research network may be included as an integral part of the project.

Available budget items
  • Academic positions:  PhD duration of 3 FTEs;
    positions may be taken as 50 – 100% employment during the project period.
  • postdoctor, researcher or medical personnel.
  • Support personnel (e.g. research coordinator, research nurse etc.)
  • Operating costs, including production of medicinal products and materials
  • Services purchased from research support units, including additional infrastructure costs for implementation of the projects (e.g. monitoring, data handling, eCRF etc.)
  • Costs to cover user involvement

Funding to cover the indirect costs of an institution such as rent, electricity, maintenance, administrative support etc., is not available through the programme.

Requirements for applications to KLINBEFORSK
  • The application and all attachments should be written in English.
  • The project should be affiliated with and managed from an institution with access to funding (cfr. list of institutions).
  • The project should have partners from all four health regions with affiliation with at least one of the specified institutions in each region. Project partners should be listed in the application form.
  • Mandatory attachments:
    • Project description, max. 10 pages (see template).
    • CV and list of publications for the principal investigator and main collaborating partners from each of the three other regions (max. 5 pages for each participant).

Other attachments should not be included in the application and will not be evaluated.

B. Applications for funding for needs-identified research

KLINBEFORSK should seek to cover knowledge needs and gaps of great importance for patient care. To achieve this goal, the tool «needs-identified research» has been implemented, bringing input from knowledge summaries and established systems such as Nye Metoder into the program.

For the 2021 call, there is a priority for studies on surgical treatment of lipoedema and non-surgical treatment of children/youths with clinical obesity.

Requirements for the application follow those set out for the open call. Please note that:

  • The project must be led by an eligible institution (cf. the list of applicant institutions)
  • The project should have partners in all four health regions from at least one of the specified eligible institutions. Partners should be listed in the application form.
  • CV with publication list for project manager and key partners from each of the three other regions (maximum 5 pages per participant)

Applications will be reviewed by international experts, in addition, the programme board will evaluate the strategic content of the application.

General requirements for applications

User involvement is mandatory for all applications to KLINBEFORSK. Recruitment of patients from all health regions should be facilitated, and the projects must include active, clinical research collaborations between hospitals or private, non-profit hospitals in all four health regions. The collaborations must comply with established regulations awarding co-authorships (Vancouver convention). Roles, tasks and responsibilities should be stated clearly for all researchers / research groups participating in the project, and the application should describe how a national collaboration will bring added value.

The projects should preferably make use of dedicated infrastructure, e.g. NorCRIN. It is assumed that the projects will use system resources (such as eCRF solutions) that meets relevant legal requirements.  A project may be part of an  international network/collaboration provided that the Norwegian branch of the project takes on a central role.

Projects may include collaborations with pharmaceutical industry, provided that the project is promoted by an applicant institution and meets the needs of the patient and the specialist health care service. Any contributions from industry should be described in detail in the project description and in the budget module.

Each project should be managed by one project manager/principal investigator only and affiliated with a single responsible institution. The participating institutions should set up a joint agreement regulating their contributions, privileges and responsibilities prior to the start of the project.

NB! It is not permitted to submit applications with identical or very similar project descriptions. If this is the case, these applications may be rejected.

Applications to KLINBEFORSK must be submitted using the regional health authorities’ joint electronic platform –  eSøknad.

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be rejected. 

In case of any discrepancies between the Norwegian and English versions, the Norwegian version takes precedence.