This is the largest single funding announcement in the area of health and welfare research in the history of the Research Council. The funding will be used to strengthen and enhance efficiency in the public services.
At this time, the HELSEVEL programme is the most important individual activity under the Research Council’s priority area Healthy and active for many years. The programme’s objective is to ensure integrated, coherent patient and user pathways based on users’ needs throughout all phases of life.
The programme will normally have an annual budget of approximately NOK 130 million, but will announce a record-large amount of funding in its start-up year.
“We are very pleased to be able to provide such a large funding pot in 2015. The funding will provide opportunities for more and better research across services in the areas of early childhood education and care, employment, welfare, health and care,” says Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council.
Mr Hallén notes how important it is to view the knowledge needs in the public health, care and welfare services in relation to each other. “Future patients and users will have complex problems that cannot be solved by one service alone. This is why it is more crucial than ever to view all the public services as an integrated whole,” he says.
Seeks to develop core groups
Jon Magnussen, chair of the HELSEVEL programme board, shares Mr Hallén’s enthusiasm and underscores the need for more knowledge within and about the public welfare and health services. He points out that one of the specific targets under the programme is to develop a national core group for research on interaction within and between the services and a corresponding group for research methodology for innovation and implementation research.
Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie is pleased that the programme has been launched, and he is eagerly awaiting the results of this new large-scale initiative.
“Through the HELSEVEL programme we are following up a high-priority area of the Government’s strategy for research and higher education, as well as the Health&Care21 strategy. By establishing an annual budget of NOK 130 million for research and development in one of the areas of society where we use the most resources, I am convinced that the HELSEVEL programme will result in better, more effective solutions,” says Mr Høie.
Four funding ministries
The programme is being co-funded by the Ministry of Health and Care Services, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, and the Ministry of Education and Research.
The first call for proposals will have an application deadline in October 2015.