Professor Bettina Husebø has gathered a great team of innovation companies, recognized foreign universities and national scientists to start the BetterAge centre.
Elderly care cannot continue as it is today. Today, every seventh person in Norway works in elderly care. If we are to continue in the same way, every fourth person must work within the elderly care in few years. We have neither the money nor the people to do so. More people will have to stay at home.
”New solutions are essential to make the elderly feel safe at home. The elderly tsunami is a very big challenge for society. We have to work together - businesses, municipalities and researchers, to create new solutions, says Bettina Husebø, researcher and manager at Centre for Elderly and Nursing Home Medicine (SEFAS) at the University of Bergen,” says Professor Bettina Husebø
SFI is a nationally co-funded flagship program with the aim to accelerate research-driven innovation with major societal and economic impact. SFIs are based on close collaborations between academic, industry partners and municipalities, and present a highly visible platform to the involved partners.
NOK 100 million
The Research Council of Norway decides who should be assigned as a centre. An award means that almost NOK 100 million has been secured over a period of up to eight years. The centres for research-driven innovation develop expertise that is important for innovation and value creation on a high societal challenging topic. Long-term research is being developed in collaboration with business partners. The goal is to strengthen technology transfer, internationalization and research education. Research must be at a high international level. In the fall of 2019, the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bergen, will apply to become an SFI centre.
Harvard and Yale
“We are incredibly proud to have so many strong partners, like the WHO, large companies from Norway, the most recognized research environments at Harvard and Yale in the US, Tohoku University in Japan, Exeter in the UK, and Leiden in the Netherlands, from Norway, several research environments from University of Bergen, Haukeland University Hospital, Haraldsplass Diakonale Hospital, Western University College and Norwegian School of Economics will be working interdisciplinary to create good solutions for the elderly care of the future,” says Husebø.