Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting in Health (BCEPS)
Research Council of Norway | SFF initiative

BCEPS in the final round of evaluation to become a Norwegian Centre of Excellence

BCEPS is one of seven applicants from the University of Bergen to reach the final round of the Research Council of Norway's Centre of Excellence (SFF) initiative with its proposal for a Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting in Health.

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A place in the final

"BCEPS is extremely happy to have reached the final round of evaluation to become a new Norwegian Centre of Excellence", says Director Ole Frithjof Norheim.

The proposed Centre of Excellence (Senter for fremragende forskning - SFF) will be led by current Director Ole Frithjof Norheim and Guri Rørtveit (current Head of Department at the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care - IGS).

If successful, the new centre will build on BCEPS' current applied research in Universal Health Coverage decision support to become a world-leading Centre of Excellence for Ethics and Priority Setting in Health, the importance of which has become all the clearer in the light of the Covid 19 pandemic.

The plan is to conduct ground-breaking foundational research to develop a new comprehensive and dynamic model for ethical, fair, and efficient priority setting for population health and well-being.

The team is in place, with a good mixture of experienced, young and talented researchers together with internationally recognised academics. We are looking forward to working on our application so that we can submit the best possible proposal in September.

Tough competition

The University of Bergen submitted 25 Centre of Excellence proposals in a field of 161 applications received by the Research Council of Norway in the first round.

On 11 June, the 36 finalists were announced by the Research Council (seven of them from the University of Bergen and three from the Faculty of Medicine). These finalists have been invited to participate in a final round of applications with a deadline for submission on 15 September 2021.

The final verdict

Around 11 new Norwegian Centres of Excellence will be announced in August 2022.