The overall objective of the call is to support and accelerate cutting edge Nordic research with high potential for renewal and impact on the welfare among children and young people in the post-pandemic Nordics. The call has an emphasis on education, wellbeing, mental health, and living conditions of children and young people.
The objective of the call is also to support research on the mitigation of the effects of the pandemic and the restrictions on the welfare of children and young people. Thus, the call seeks to:
- improve our understanding of the welfare for children and young people and the consequences of the pandemic and the restrictions on education, wellbeing, mental health, and living conditions
- address how to best reduce the negative effects and consequences of the pandemic and the restrictions for children and young people, through for example intervention studies
- address how resilience among children and young people can be promoted, through for example health promotion and prevention studies
- further knowledge into societal crisis preparedness, learning from the COVID-19 pandemic and building resilience at different levels of our societies with the purpose of supporting the welfare of children and young people
In addition to the objectives set out above, the call will strive to stimulate the following in the research that is funded:
- Interdisciplinarity, where relevant research questions are addressed by combining and integrating skills from multiple disciplines
- Cross-sectorial perspectives, where the research integrates perspectives from for example the social, health and education sectors
- Comparative research approaches, where the researchers take advantage of the opportunities that the different datasets, socioeconomic and political frameworks as well as the varying pandemic strategies in the Nordic countries give
- Engagement with societal stakeholders with the aim of creating societal impact of the research. Applicants should specifically describe how children and young people will be involved in the research and at what stages of the research project. Research in this programme is expected to provide knowledge for decision-makers, civil servants, and different relevant stakeholders in the social, health and education sectors in the Nordic countries.
The call defines children and young people to cover the age up to 25 years, using the World Health Organisation’s definition of 'Adolescents' as individuals in the 10-19 years age group, 'Youth' as the 15-24 years age group and 'Young People' as the age range 10-24 years.
Research questions related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the clinical aspects of the COVID-19 disease per se are excluded from the programme, as well as research related to vaccine and pharmaceutical development.
Applicants are invited to apply for funding to establish a Nordic research project with a budget of maximum NOK 11 million and a duration of 3-4 years. The intention is to provide funding for 7 research projects under this call.
Webinar, conference and get in touch
Webinar: If you want to learn more about the call, we held an online webinar 18 October. At the webinar, you got to hear more about the theme of the call, and you met other researchers, NordForsk representatives and got to ask questions related to the application.
Conference: On 10 November 2022, NordForsk and The Research Council of Norway arranges the conference "Blir alt bra? Pandemiens konsekvenser for barn og unge i Norden" ("Will everything be fine? The consequences of the pandemic for children and young people in the Nordic region”). The conference takes place in Oslo, and online.
Get in touch: Want to connect with other researchers about the NordForsk call for research project proposals on Welfare among Children and Young People in the Post-Pandemic Nordics? Then you can join our pool of interested researchers. If you sign up and fill out a simple form, you will be added to a list we will share with other interested researchers.