13. December 2018


For the third time The Kavli Trust Programme on Health Research will be awarding a total of NOK 25 M to collaborative research projects addressing selected evidence gaps in child and adolescent mental health. Registration opens January 3rd.


Mental health problems in children and adolescents make up a considerable part of today’s global disease burden but funding for research addressing these problems is sparse compared to most somatic illnesses. For a variety of reasons a significant part of today’s health research is wasted and the Kavli Trust is committed to limiting research waste by anchoring research funding in established and prioritized evidence gaps (as documented in updated systematic reviews).

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The evidence gaps were selected in three steps

  1. The Kavli Trust Strategic Scientific Committee (SSC)identified evidence gaps by searching for systematic reviews in selected databases
  2. The Kavli Trust User Panel provided their prioritization of the evidence gaps
  3. The Kavli Trust Board decide on how many of the top ranked evidence gaps to include in the call.

Potential applicants are advised to read the systematic reviews carefully for more information on the research needs. Read more about the evidence gaps in this document.

The 8 evidence gaps

  1. What is the effect of interventions to prevent the onset of anxiety disorders in ‘at risk’ children and adolescents, and what are potential moderators and mediators of the effect?
  2. What is the effect of different interventions for improving social skills, participation, and other relevant mental health outcomes in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders?
  3. How is the cognitive, adaptive, and behavioral functioning of children placed in foster care compared to children at risk who remained with their biological parents?
  4. What is the effect of interventions for children who have been subjected to abuse and neglect or have experienced violence in close relationships?*
  5. What is the effect of EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) compared to cognitive behavior therapy for children and adolescents with post-traumatic stress disorder?
  6. What is the effect of interventions targeting psychological well-being in siblings of children and young people with a chronic illness?
  7. What is the effect of psychological therapy versus antidepressants or combinations of the two treatments?*
  8. What is the effect of psychosocial interventions for school refusal?*

*) Evidence gaps that were part of the 2018 Call


The application process will take place in two stages:

Stage 1: Pre-proposals

Eligible applicants submit short pre-proposals (appr. 6.000 characters)
All pre-proposals will be screened for eligibility by the administrative scientific staff and forwarded to the Kavli Trust Scientific Review Committee (SRC) for peer review. If more than 40 pre-proposals are submitted, the administrative scientific staff will do a quality screening and refuse some of them.

Stage 2: Full proposals

Appr. 10 applicants will be invited to submit full proposals that will go through a final review by the SRC.


The SRC will review the pre-proposals and full proposals by the following five criteria:

•  Relevance and expected impact
•  Scientific quality
•  Feasibility
•  Principal investigator/Research environment
•  Leadership (only applicable to the full proposal review)


•  Launch of pre-proposal form: January 3rd / 12:00 CET
•  Pre-proposal deadline: February 28th / 23:59 CET
•  Invitation to final round: May 31th / 12:00 CET
•  Full proposal deadline: August 15th / 23:59 CET
•  Final decision: TBA, probably mid October 2018


To be eligible for funding, the projects must meet all the following criteria:

  1. The project must address one or more of the 8 selected evidence gaps
  2. The proposal and the attachments have to be written in English
  3. The research project has to originate from universities, academic institutions or research institutions or institutes in Norway, Sweden, Finland or United Kingdom
  4. The formal applicant has to be an institution (host institution)
  5. The pre-proposal must be submitted by the principal investigator who must have formal affiliation to the host institution
  6. The project can not apply for less than NOK 3 M or more than NOK 12.5 M in total for the project period
  7. Funding from the Kavli Trust cannot be used for overhead and/or other expenses not directly related to the project
  8. The host institution must provide considerable in-kind contribution. In the full proposal a commitment letter, describing the nature and level of its contribution to the project must be attached
  9. The full proposal must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement signed by the heads of all collaborating institutions
  10. The research project must commit to user involvement by including two named user representatives as members of the research group
  11. Publications must be in accordance with the ICMJE recommendations and unrestricted access to the published output of research is a requirement


Registration and the pre-proposal will open on January 3rd at 12.00 CET.

Registration page address: www.kavlitrust.smapply.io (will not open before January 3rd)

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