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Grants for research on integrated care pathways

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has established a new programme to support research projects that aim to create new knowledge about integrated care pathways to benefit patients in Denmark’s healthcare system. Grants totalling DKK 4 million will be awarded for projects.

The complexity of treatment and care for patients in Denmark’s healthcare system will increase in the years ahead.

One reason is the increasing number of patients with more than one disease, more people with chronic diseases, framework conditions that have altered and changed demographics, including more older people. Further, the emergence of new digital health technologies and other advances creates both new opportunities and new challenges for the healthcare system.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has therefore established a new programme to support research projects focusing on creating new knowledge on integrated care pathways.

“Treatment and care are changing in Denmark’s healthcare system, and more knowledge is needed about what makes a difference and how to organize the care optimally to benefit patients. The purpose of the programme is to support exploratory research-based projects that aim to investigate and identify the conditions that affect the integration of care pathways in the healthcare system from the perspectives of patients and citizens,” says Niels-Henrik von Holstein-Rathlou, Senior Vice President, Biomedicine & Health Sciences, Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Research projects may include but are not limited to the following themes:

  • Collaboration across sectors in the healthcare system
  • The coherence in care patients expect from the healthcare system, including the transitions between sectors
  • Developing care pathways with the active involvement of patients and their relatives
  • Using new technologies and digital solutions that can improve the integration of care pathways

A total of DKK 4 million is available, and applicants can apply for grants of between DKK 100,000 and DKK 1 million per project, with a duration of 6 to 18 months.

Who can apply for grants?

Applicants must be employed at public institutions in Denmark or affiliated with Denmark’s healthcare system. Relevant actors outside the formal research community, such as municipalities, administrative regions, patient associations and companies, are invited to be involved in the projects.

Applications for the new programme can be submitted to the Foundation from 12 November 2020 until the deadline of 27 January 2021.

This research programme is part of the Foundation’s focus on Coherence in Health Care, through which the Foundation aims to support cross-sectoral research that facilitates greater integration of care pathways to benefit patients in Denmark’s healthcare system.

Read more about the programme and who can apply for grants here. (In Danish).

Further information

Eugenia Krasnopjorova, Project Specialist, +45 4126 6120, [email protected]

Christian Mostrup, Senior Programme Lead, +45 3067 4805, [email protected]