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79 project proposals submitted in response to call targeting Nordic research on Digitalisation of the Public Sector

“We are very pleased that so many applications from many different countries were submitted in response to this call,” says Senior Adviser Lone Jessen, contact person for the call. She adds, “The range of applications from various consortias and countries shows that the call has a wide and innovative potential.”

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

The Nordic region is high-performing and digitally mature with regards to the public sector. However, it is a strong political imperative in the Nordic countries, as well as in Estonia, Latvia and the United Kingdom, to further improve the efficiency, effectiveness and governance of public services design, infrastructure and delivery by means of additional digitalisation. This includes aspects such as public infrastructure and foundational services, service design, service development and delivery, service automation and self-enablement, etc.

The 79 proposals received will be now evaluated by a panel of international experts, after which they will be assessed by the programme committee. The final decision on which projects are awarded funding will be taken by the NordForsk Board.

The deadline for submitting applications was 16 January 2019 and the overall budget for the call is approximately EUR 8 million.

A maximum amount of EUR 1 million may be awarded per project. NordForsk hopes to be able to fund up to 10 projects.

Funding decisions will be communicated late spring 2020.

Disclaimer: This information may include errors and omissions. Only decisions communicated directly to the applicants through e-mail should be considered formal confirmations of allocation of funding. All applicants will receive a letter of decision by e-mail.