The National Centre for Research and Development announced the results of expert evaluation of applications submitted in the POLNOR 2019 Call within the framework of the Applied Research programme implemented under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021. The grant winning projects include one by Prof. Mariusz Korkosza, Head of the Department of Rheumatology and Balneotherapy at the Faculty of Medicine of the JU Medical College.
Prof. Korkosza’s project entitled “The POLish NORwegian research collaboration to increase quality of health care and improve health outcomes of children and adult patients with RHEUMAtological diseases – the POLNOR RHEUMA project” was recommended for funding within the area “Welfare, health and care”.
The principal objective of POLNOR-RHEUMA is to improve patient care, health outcomes, and rheumatology research in Poland by establishing a partnership between the medical research institutions: the Jagiellonian University Medical College and Sorlandet Hospital in Kristiansand (Norway) and enterprises: KAMBU Kraków (Poland) and DiaGraphIT Kristiansand (Norway).
The project will design, deliver and implement a structured medical record system for both daily clinical care and collecting high-quality registry data in one workflow. By continuous monitoring of important disease parameters in juvenile and adult rheumatic patients, the true picture of epidemiology, disease status, treatment and health services will form the base for improved health throughout the entire life course.
The entire project is worth over 7 million zlotys, 6.2 million of which will be funded from the grant. It will last three years, starting from 1 October 2020.
Overall, 90 Polish-Norwegian consortia applied for the funding. Finally, 38 out of 74 submitted projects with a total value of 49,745,454 euro were recommended for funding within the framework of POLNOR.
The main goal of the EEA and Norway grants, funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, is to contribute to a more equal Europe, both socially and economically, and to strengthen the relations between the donor and recipient states. In exchange for their financial assistance, the donor states gain access to the internal market of the European Union, although they are not its members.
More information about the results of POLNOR 2019 is available on the National Centre for Research and Development website.