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NOK 250 million to ICT research and innovation

The major funding from IKTPLUSS will make a difference, states Anne Kjersti Fahlvik, Director of Innovation in The Research Council of Norway. (Photo: Sverre Jarild)– The new projects are creative in their challenging and interdisciplinary setup for new interplay among...

The major funding from IKTPLUSS will make a difference, states Anne Kjersti Fahlvik, Director of Innovation in The Research Council of Norway. (Photo: Sverre Jarild)– The new projects are creative in their challenging and interdisciplinary setup for new interplay among partners that occupies major roles in the shaping of our society, explains Anne Kjersti Fahlvik, Executive Director of Division for Innovation in the Research Council.

– For the Research Council, IKTPLUSS is a bold pilot initiative with a clear and targeted focus and a dynamic portfolio development. Such a broad, dynamic and targeted initiative has no precedence in the Research Council, Fahlvik explains.

A safe information society

The major part of the investment, 150 million NOK, it allocated to eight Researcher Projects that will contribute to a safe information society. The projects contribute to themes within large-scale forensics, new methods and tools for cryptology, data repositories in the cloud and security in Smart Grids.

University of Oslo is the contract owner of three of the funded projects while Gjøvik University College gained two contracts. University of Bergen, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and SINTEF gained one contract each.

Health, care and welfare

100 million NOK are allocated to ICT research and innovation in health, care and welfare services. The funding is distributed to Researcher Projects, Innovation Projects in Public Sector and Pre-projects.

The themes in focus of the five Researcher Projects includes for instance gamification to support patients in chronic illness management, and supporting full flow of health data between patients and health care systems among.

Three Innovation Projects for the Public Sector are among the winners. The foci of these includes telemedicine solutions for collaborative care, health services using implantable sensors connected to wireless applications and patient centric ICT-platform for genomic medicine.

Nine pre-projects are getting support. Several of these are focusing use of health and care service robotics.

A significant part of the resources from IKTPLUSS is allocated to Researcher Projects to support the contribution of to the development of a safe information society. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Geographic allocation of the funding

The Oslo University Hospital gained three of the contracts while Gjøvik University College, SINTEF and the University of Oslo gained two contracts each. University Hospital in North of Norway, Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, Sørlandet Hospital, Sogn og Fjordane University College, Bergen University College, University of Agder and NTNU also gained contracts.

A call of major interest

The Coordinator of IKTPLUSS, André Fossen Mlonyemi, is absolutely pleased with the number of proposals and their scientific quality. – The research groups have without doubt done a great mobilization job, he says.

IKTPLUSS is a proceeding the VERDIKT funding initiative, and several of the researcher groups funded here are found among the winners now as well. However IKTPLUSS is also directed towards new target groups. IKTPLUSS is also directed towards stimulation of closer cooperation between research and industry, and puts emphasis on the exploitation of research results. To gain funding by participation in international funding competitions through Horizon 2020 is an important goal as well.

Making a difference

Director of Innovation Anne Kjersti Fahlvik underlines the pervasive role of ICT in today’s society.

– ICT is important both as a discipline in itself and as source of possibilities in a number of other areas and disciplines. IKTPLUSS is directed towards this broad spectrum in combination with R&D and innovation for application of ICT within important areas as health care, welfare and security.

The areas of health, care and welfare and that of security have different characteristics in the significant amount of research invested in the broad health area, while much less in security. However, when focusing the major potential of exploitation of ICT and digitalization, these areas are in a similar state. For both areas, the funding now allocated by IKTPLUSS will make a difference, states Fahlvik.

Project title Contract owner Project type
Announcement: «NOK 100 million for ICT for the health, care and welfare services»
Modern Methods and Tools for Theoretical and Applied Cryptology University of Bergen Researcher Project
Cryptographic Tools for Cloud Security NTNU Researcher Project
Computational Forensics for Large-scale Fraud Detection, Crime Investigation and Prevention Gjøvik University College Researcher Project
Secure Access Control over Wide Area Network Gjøvik University College Researcher Project
Security in Internet Governance and Networks: Analysing the Law University of Oslo Researcher Project
Operable Subjective Logic Analysis Technology for Intelligence in Cybersecurity University of Oslo Researcher Project
SoS-Agile: Science of Security in Agile Software Development SINTEF Researcher Project
Security in IoT for Smart Grids University of Oslo Researcher Project
Announcement: «NOK 150 million in funding for research that promotes the development of a safe and secure information society.
The Power of Personal Strengths – using gamification to support patients in chronic illness management Oslo UniversityHospital Researcher Project
Assessing the feasibility of the Learning Healthcare System toolbox Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine Researcher Project
IQ-MED: Image Quality enhancement in MEDical diagnosis, monitoring and treatment Gjøvik University College Researcher Project
Full Flow of Health Data Between Patients and Health Care Systems University Hospital of North Norway Researcher Project
Multimodal Elderly Care systems (MECS) University of Oslo Researcher Project
Novel health services using implantable sensors connected to wireless applications Sunnaas RehabilitationHospital Innovation Project for the Public Sector
Pasientsentrert IKT plattform for genomisk medisin Oslo University Hospital Innovation Project for the Public Sector
Felles telemedisinsk løsning Agder Sørlandet Hospital Innovation Project for the Public Sector
Robotic rehabilitation of upper-limb after stroke Sogn og Fjordane University College Pre-project
Social priming: Seniors co-designing digitally enhanced living spaces SINTEF Pre-project
HealthInsight: Big Healthcare Data Analytics Oslo UniversityHospital Pre-project
Development of Future Research Project Proposals on a Wireless In-Home Monitoring System for People with Healthcare Needs University of Agder Pre-project
Real-time Clinical Nutrition Decision Support Systems University of Oslo Pre-project
Robotic Care. Networks of health, technology and culture NTNU Pre-project
IoT-Health SINTEF ICT Pre-project
A Platform for Medical Image Processing, Transmission and Visualisation Gjøvik University College Pre-project
Research Project on RAPHAEL: Robotic Assistance in Personal Hygiene for ActivE Living Bergen University College Pre-project