Category Archives: Uke 15

Innovative Health Initiative-Funding source with emphasis on implementing innovative solutions

“Innovative Health Initiative” (IHI) is a funding source which may not be well known in the Deartment yet, possibly because the first call for proposals was launched in 2022. IHI is partially funded by the EU and partially by industry associations within the natural sciences (pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, medical technology). The calls from IHI differ from those we primarily associate with the EU. There is a focus on innovation, but with an emphasis on implementation rather than innovation at low TRL levels. One of the main goals is to facilitate the transition from industry-derived innovations to application in healthcare services to achieve the transformation required in the healthcare services in the future. This is reflected in the calls, which have so far been relatively specific. For instance, one of last year’s calls focused on “Patient-centered blood sample collection to enable decentralized clinical trials and improve access to healthcare,” focusing on the use of already established methods for such blood sampling. It is a requirement, not just a strength, that partners from industry and/or public administration be involved in the projects, and it is often industry partners who initiate the consortium.

At the moment, IHI calls 6 and 7 are active, with deadlines approaching soon. Therefore, next year’s calls may be more relevant. Establishing a good consortium will be a comprehensive process. Joining as a partner in projects initiated by others can be a good approach. On IHI’s website, there is a tool for registering as a potential partner and building networks. Potential partners from Norway are considered interesting, but one should consider specific Norwegian issues, such as healthcare financing, in relation to relevant projects. Another tip is to become a member of relevant COST networks. Here, there are often potential partners interested in working towards EU-related applications. An overview of active COST actions can be found on the COST website: :

One final point is that IHI welcomes input regarding future calls, allowing stakeholders to influence future directions.

Day of Immunology

The Norwegian Society of Immunology (NSI) will celebrate this year’s Day of Immunology, a world-wide project aiming to present different aspects of immunology to the general public ( This year’s theme is “Immunity through the ages: Navigating the science of aging and immunology”, and it will be celebrate with a popular science seminar with invited speakers at Litteraturhuset in Oslo which will be streamed to Vilvite (big auditorium), Saturday the 27th of April, from 1100 to 1300.

The program is enclosed. The seminar is open to everyone (but will be in Norwegian). Welcome!

From breakthrough technologies to game changing innovation – EIC opportunities

When: 07 May 08:30 – 12:00
Where: Digital and The Research Council of Norway, Drammensveien 288, Lysaker

The EIC is Europe’s leading innovation program to identify, develop, and scale up breakthrough technologies and ground-breaking innovations. The EIC wants your breakthrough technology to reach the market and has tools ranging from research, through commercialization, to scaling. Few Norwegian researchers and companies apply for the EIC.

Researchers and companies that have applied for the EIC will share their stories. We will get information about EIC’s tools; Pathfinder, Transition and Accelerator.

There will be an introduction by EIC’s chairman, Michiel Scheffer.

This is a hybrid event. Those participating in the Research Council’s premises in Drammensveien 288 will be able to sign up for a free lunch after the event.

Those who will participate in person can book bilateral meetings with the EIC NCPs in the afternoon. Get in touch with Waqar Ahmed (Norwegian Research Council) or Eva Langslet (Innovation Norway) to arrange this.

This event is relevant for researchers, companies, TTO, research leaders, research and innovation administrators, EU advisors and innovation advisors.—eic-opportunities/

Data Café of the Faculty of Medicine

We are excited to invite you to the next Data Café of the Faculty of Medicine on the 25th of April, from 9:00 to 12:00. We will have a special guest: Prof. David Grellscheid from the department of informatics will give an entry-level workshop on how to use Large Language Models (LLMs) and build specialized LLMs.

Please note that we are still working on the program, more details will come. This time we will be located at the conference room of the BBB (between the stairs in front of the auditoriums). If you have questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. In order for us to plan the food and workshop, please register before the 18th of April using the form at the link below:

COST Joint-Nordic Information Day

Welcome to an information meeting focusing on informing about the role and impact of the COST program, as well as the benefits of participating in COST. The meeting is aimed at researchers and innovators at all career levels and within all research areas.

The organizers of the webinar are the Swedish Research Council in collaboration with other Nordic COST CNCs.

Date: April 23, 2024
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Digital via Zoom
Deadline for registration: April 22, at 12:59 PM.

The meeting will be held in English.


Adaptive Immunity All you should know

Bergen Research School in Inflammation and the Broegelmann Research Laboratory presents the advanced immunology course/workshop: HUIMM905 – Advanced Immunology (3 credits ECTS) with leading theme : “Adaptive Immunity, All you should know!”

Targeted audience: Master, PhD students, post docs, clinicians interested in immunology or those looking to update their immunological knowledge. The workshop has a number of international and local experts in adaptive immunity in infection, cancer and autoimmunity, and includes networking lunches and dinners, flash talks and a poster session.

Invited speakers include Carmen Gerlach, Alexander Espinosa, Søren Egedal Degn, Bergithe Eikeland Oftedal, Anette Susanne Bøe Wolff, Salwa Suliman, Sonia Gavasso, Yenan Bryceson, Corelia Schuster and Mai Chi Trieu.

No fee for master and PhD students!

Time and place: 22 – 24 May 2024, VilVite Bergen Science Centre
Registration deadline : April 29th