8. December 2023

Call for proposals 2024

The Kavli Trust Programme on Health Research will allocate up to a total of NOK 20 million (£1.46) to collaborative research projects that aim to address selected evidence gaps within child and adolescent mental health in 2024.

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Registration will open 5 January 2024.


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 Kavli Trust is committed to limiting research waste by anchoring research funding in established and prioritized evidence gaps (as documented in updated systematic reviews).

The Kavli Trust Programme on Health Research will allocate up to a total of NOK 20 million (£1.46) to collaborative research projects that aim to address selected evidence gaps within child and adolescent (0 – 18 years) mental health in 2024.

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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 decided on how many of the top-ranked evidence gaps to include in the call.

The evidence gaps

  1. Which factors within educational settings influence mental health in children and adolescents, and what is the effect of environmental interventions to promote mental health?
  2. What is the effect of interventions for children who have been subjected to abuse and neglect or have experienced violence in close relationships?
  3. What is the effect of interventions on bullying and cyberbullying among children and adolescents?
  4. What is the effect of non-pharmacological treatments for children and adolescents with ADHD?
  5. What are the treatment alternatives to mental health admissions for children and adolescents experiencing mental health crises, and what are their treatment effects?
  6. What is the effect of school-based interventions for mental health conditions in children and adolescents?
  7. What is the effect of  parenting interventions and family-based therapy on mental health conditions in children and adolescents?
  8. What is the effect of psychosocial intervention programs to prevent gender-based violence and sexual violence during adolescence?
  9. What is the effect of inclusion (in school) on socioemotional development and wellbeing of children with special educational needs?
  10. What is the effect of relapse prevention strategies on risk of and time to relapse in previously depressed or anxious adolescents?

Read more about the evidence gaps in this document

Potential applicants are advised to read the systematic reviews carefully for more information on the research needs.

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 50 pre-proposals are submitted, the administrative scientific staff can do a quality screening and refuse some of them.

Stage 2: Full proposals

Approximately ten 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: 5 January 2024 / 12:00 CET

Pre-proposal deadline: 15 March 2024 / 23:59 CET

Invitation to final round: 29 May 2024 / 12:00 CET

Full proposal deadline: 31 August 2024 / 23:59 CET

Final decision: Early November 2024

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

  1. The research project must address one of the selected evidence gaps.
  2. The formal applicant must be a university, academic institution or research institution or institute in Norway, Sweden, Finland or the United Kingdom (host institution).
  3. The principal investigator must have a formal affiliation to the host institution.
  4. The research project can not apply for less than NOK 3 M or more than NOK 10 M in total for the project period.
    a. Funding from the Kavli Trust cannot be used for overhead and/or other expenses not directly related to the project.
    b. The host institution must provide a considerable in-kind contribution. In the full proposal a commitment letter signed by the head of the institution, describing the nature and level of its contribution to the project must be attached.
  5. The maximum project duration is six years.
  6. The research project must commit to user involvement. In the full proposal, the names of two user representatives who will serve as members of the project group must be provided.
  7. The proposal and the attachments must be written in English.

The host institution must accept the following demands if the proposal is granted:

  • The agreement is regulated by Norwegian law.
  • All payments will be made in NOK and the host institution bears the risk associated with varying exchange rates.
  • All studies must be pre-registered, either in EUCTR, ClinicalTrials.gov or OSF.io.
  • Submittal of annual reports including an audited accounting report, done by an independent accountant or auditor.
  • Publications must be in accordance with the ICMJE recommendations and the CONSORT statement.
  • Unrestricted open access to the published output of research is a requirement.
  • 10 % of the grant will be held back until the End of grant report is submitted and approved by Kavli Trust.

Registration and the pre-proposal form opens 5 January 2024 at 12.00 CET.

You can register at this site page address.

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Frequently asked questions

Other questions? Please contact:

Lisa Nome | Programrådgiver
lisa.nome@kavlifondet.no | +47 906 68 656