Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting in Health (BCEPS)

BCEPS is awarded Centre of Excellence Status

The results are out and BCEPS is one of two centres at the University of Bergen to receive Centre of Excellence (SFF) status from the Research Council of Norway.

SFF Initiative
The new Centre of Excellence is poised to become a world-leading research environment that will attract and train new talent for years to come.

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Moving beyond current rationing mechanisms that typically favour the well-off

Resource scarcity in health care is unavoidable and rationing creates winners and losers. Current mechanisms typically favour the well-off.

We now have the opportunity to really delve deep into questions about efficient and fair prioritisation of scarce health resources.

This was BCEPS Director Ole Frithjof Norheim's reaction to the news of BCEPS' new status as a Centre of Excellence, as he went on to say how extremely happy and grateful he is for such recognition of the research environment here at the University of Bergen.

Centre of Excellence to develop cutting-edge tools for efficient and fair priority setting in health

This 10-year funding scheme will pave the way for BCEPS to become a world-leading research centre and bring it closer to achieving its ambitious aim of developing innovative methods and a new ethical framework that can be applied at all levels to achieve fair and efficient priority setting in health.

Read more about the new Centre of Excellence below:

Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting in Health

The Centre will be led by professors Ole Frithjof Norheim and Guri Rørtveit and will build on ongoing applied research in Universal Health Coverage decision support.

Ongoing projects

Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (BCEPS) has ongoing projects and partners in Norway, USA, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, Malawi, India, Ghana, Tanzania, and Nepal, providing decision support for the achievement of Universal Health Coverage and prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Funding for these activities is provided by the Trond Mohn Foundation and Norad.


Press Release from the Research Council of Norway - 23 September 2022 (in Norwegian)