9. December 2019

The Kavli Trust programme on health research: 2020 call for proposals

The Kavli Trust Programme on Health Research will be awarding a total of NOK 20 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 evidence gaps

  1. 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?
  2. What is the effect of non-pharmacological treatments for children and adolescents with ADHD?
  3. What is the effect of and the experience with educative and informative interventions for children and adolescents to prevent and detect violence, abuse and violations?
  4. What is the effect of interventions for complex posttraumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) in children and adolescents?
  5. What is the effect of mental health care interventions in child welfare?
  6. What is the effect of school-based interventions to promote mental health in children and adolescents?
  7. What is the effect of trauma-informed approaches in schools?
  8. What is the effect of psychosocial interventions for school refusal?
  9. What is the effect of interventions designed to reduce suicide-related behaviour in adolescents?
  10. What is the effect of interventions children who have been subjected to abuse and neglect or have experienced violence in close relationships?


The application process will take place in two stages:

Stage 1: Pre-proposals  

Eligible applicants submit short pre-proposals through our online application system.

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:

  • Excellence
  • Impact
  • Quality and efficiency of the implementation

Read more about the review criteria in the Instructions for the Scientific Review Committee.


  • Launch of pre-proposal form: Fri Jan 3rd / 12:00 CET
  • Pre-proposal deadline: Fri Feb 28th / 23:59 CET
  • Invitation to final round: Fri May 29th / 12:00 CET
  • Full proposal deadline: Mon Aug 31th / 23:59 CET
  • Final decision: TBA, probably early November 2020


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

  1. The project must address one or more of the 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 the 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 a formal affiliation to the host institution
  6. The project can not apply for less than NOK 3 M or more than NOK 10 M in total for the project period. Be aware that all payments will be made in NOK and that the host institution bears the risk associated with varying exchange rates. 
  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 a 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 head of the host institution
  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 the CONSORT statement
  12. Unrestricted open access to the published output of research is a requirement


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

You can register at this site page address (will not open until January 3rd).

Please remember to sign up to our mailing list. This is our primary channel for communication with potential applicants.