The short-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are unfolding in the Nordic countries and worldwide, but the consequences in the long-term perspective are still unknown. The overall aim of the upcoming call is to support and accelerate Nordic high-level research on the effects of pandemic on the welfare of children and young people, and to support the utilisation of that research in society.
The call welcomes research questions related both to education and to the social, mental, and physical health and wellbeing of children and young people. Research on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the clinical aspects of the COVID-19 disease per see are excluded from the call, as is research related to vaccine and pharmaceutical development.
The programme aims to fund interdisciplinary research where relevant research questions are addressed by combining and integrating skills from multiple disciplines. Comparative research approaches focusing on the long-term effects of the pandemic will be encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities that the different socioeconomic and political frameworks as well as the different pandemic strategies in the Nordic countries give.
Who can apply?
The research projects must include partners from research performing organisations* in at least three Nordic countries. Nordic countries are defined here as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland.
The host institution (Project Owner) for the research project must be a research performing organisation based in one of the countries funding the call: Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden. The project leader must be a qualified researcher employed by the host institution during the grant period.
*A research performing organisation is a legal entity which is a university, university college or a research institute, and is characterised by the following:
- A primary goal to independently conduct fundamental research and/or applied research and or research-based innovation where results are published.
- The entity may be private or public but must not pay out dividends from its activities.
- The entity must have significant production of academic, published research.
On 10 November 2022, The Research Council of Norway and NordForsk will organise a conference on the consequences of the pandemic on children and young people.
The call will open in September 2022, with deadline in December 2022. The maximum amount of funding that may be sought will be around 9-10 MNOK. The project duration is up to four years.
Please note that the details of the call in the pre-announcement may be subject to change, and the final details will be provided in the call text.