The Kavli Trust programme on health research

About the programme

The Kavli Trust Programme on Health Research is committed to fund research on preventing and combating serious illness and on alleviating humanitarian need. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 the programme will be devoted to the funding collaborative research projects addressing selected evidence gaps in children and adolescents mental health.

Call for proposal 2018 > 

Call for proposal 2017 (closed) > 

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Administrative staff

The staff have designed the programme. They screen all applications before sending them through to review and they provide support for the scientific committees.


Jan-Ole Hesselberg | Programme manager
joh@kavlifondet.no | +47 900 71 673


Ida Svege | Senior Advisor
is@kavlifondet.no |  +47 917 11 952


The Strategic Scientific Committee

The committee searches for evidence gaps in high quality scientific databases. The identified evidence gaps are formulated as research questions.


Arild Bjørndal | Chair
Bjørndal is the director of RBUP and professor II at the University of Oslo. He is the former board chair of the Campbell Collaboration.


Karianne Thune Hammerstrøm
| Member
Hammerstrøm is a senior advisor at RBUP and the former head of the section of welfare services at The Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services.

Johan Siqveland | Member
Siqveland is a senior advisor at Akershus University Hospital. He is a psychologist and researcher, and previously a senior advisor at the section of Health Economics and Drugs Unit at The Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services.

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Scientific Review Committee

The committee reviews the pre-proposals and full-proposals


Wendy Silverman 
 | Chair
Committee Chair and the Alfred A. Messer Professor of Child Psychiatry and Director of the Yale Child Study Center Program for Anxiety Disorders


Steven Evans
Professor and Co-Director at the Center for Intervention Research in Schools, Ohio University


Jenae Neiderhiser 
Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State


Heather Taussig
Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver


The User Panel

The user panel consists of six different Norwegian mental health organisations. They provide a ranking of the research questions. It serves as a recommendation when the Kavli Trust Board decides on which research questions that will be funded.

The organisations are Mental Helse, Mental Helse Ungdom, Landsforeningen for pårørende i psykisk helse, Norsk psykologforening, Norsk psykiatrisk forening and Rådet for psykisk helse.