At the beginning of July, the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science signed a Memorandum of Understanding on participation in the NordForsk joint Research and Innovation Programme on Digitalisation of the Public Sector, which will allow for Latvian partners to qualify for funding of EUR 400,000 in the period from 2019 to 2023. This call is a joint effort between the Academy of Finland, Forte, Research Council of Norway, Innovation Fund Denmark, the Estonian Research Council, Latvian Ministry of Education and Science, Economic and Social Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation and NordForsk.
The overarching aim of the call is to combine and integrate knowledge-based, digital innovation efforts with research on the related effects and/or impact on society and end-users, based on factors that enable and drive digital transformation of public sector: emerging technologies; emerging organisational practices; and/or emerging regulatory frameworks and governance mechanisms.
The scheme is open to applications from eligible researchers based at research organisations including academic research and research institutes. The host institution that coordinates the research project must be a research-performing institution located in one of the participating countries. Public organisations including regulatory agencies, municipalities etc. and private enterprises are also eligible to participate subject to the funding rules of the individual partners.
Projects must consist of participants from at least three countries, at least two of which must be from Nordic co-funding countries. Participants from non-funding countries may participate in projects by providing their own financing as long as the overall aim is to pursue the goals of this call. Tentatively, a call for proposals will be issued in the autumn of 2019.