Pre-announcement: Call for proposal under the Research and Innovation Programme on Digitalisation of the Public Sector

NordForsk, Academy of Finland, Forte, the Research Council of Norway, Innovation Fund Denmark, the Estonian Research Council, Latvian Ministry of Education and Science and UK Economic and Social Research Council, are collaborating to fund research in the field of digitalisation of the Public Sector. Up to ten internationally collaborative research projects with an overall budget of maximum EURO 1 million each will be funded. A call for proposals will be issued in the autumn of 2019.

The overarching aim of the call is to combine and integrate knowledge-based, digital innovation efforts with research on the related effects and/or impact on society and end-users, based on factors that enable and drive digital transformation of public sector: emerging technologies; emerging organisational practices; and/or emerging regulatory frameworks and governance mechanisms.

The programme aims to:

  • accelerate knowledge-based innovation and digitalisation of public sector services across the Nordic region;
  • advance knowledge related to enabling factors for successful digital transformation of the public sector;
  • strengthen research and knowledge related to long-term effects and impacts of the digital transformation on the public sector and society as a whole;
  • strengthen knowledge-based innovation capability in the Nordic public sector and beyond and encourage stronger cooperation and collaboration between innovation agents and research communities across the public and private sector;
  • produce useful knowledge and decision support for future policy development and the development of the public sector throughout the Nordic region, in the UK, Estonia, Latvia and beyond;
  • encourage comparative research and the exchange of best practice and innovative solutions within participating countries and across borders.

Who is eligible to apply? 

The scheme is open to applications from eligible researchers based at research organisations including academic research and research institutes. The host institution that coordinates the research project must be a research-performing institution located in one of the participating countries. Public organisations including regulatory agencies, municipalities etc. and private enterprises are also eligible to participate subject to the funding rules of the individual partners.

Projects must consist of participants from at least three countries, at least two of which must be from Nordic co-funding countries. Participants from non-funding countries may participate in projects by providing their own financing as long as the overall aim is to pursue the goals of this call.

Funding partners from other countries may join the programme and hence their national researchers become eligible applicants.

Financial framework 

NordForsk will announce a call for proposals under the Research and Innovation Programme on Digitalisation of the Public Sector in the autumn of 2019. The call will be a one-phase call. The Programme will fund up to ten collaborative three-year research projects with a budget of maximum EURO 1 million each. The projects awarded support will be funded through a virtual common pot, which means that the national funding agencies will fund their respective participants in the funded projects.

Participating partners
This call is a joint effort between the Academy of Finland, Forte, Research Council of Norway, Innovation Fund Denmark, the Estonian Research Council, Latvian Ministry of Education and Science, Economic and Social Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation and NordForsk.

Find more info about the programme here

Contact person
Lone Jessen - Senior Adviser
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Jens Begtrup - Senior Adviser
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Lone Jessen - Senior Adviser
Contact person Lone Jessen
Senior Adviser
Work +47 901 98 037
Jens Begtrup - Senior Adviser
Contact person Jens Begtrup
Senior Adviser
Work +47 902 61 908