Center support

Initially center support was granted to single centers of excellence,  however over the last years it has been granted primarily to multi-center collaborative efforts.Candidates should submit a three year research plan considered to be of practical value for strengthening at least one of the factors in the Utstein Formula of Survival.


  • The research plan should be of relevance for the International Liaison Committee of Resuscitation’s ongoing review process of the science underlying the guidelines.
  • The university or institution of the primary applicant should provide funds matching the center support from the Foundation, and the center support should not include institutional overhead cost.

Applicants for center support should first submit a concept description for consideration by the Board, outlining how a proposed three year research plan may be of practical value within the defined scope of the Foundation. The concept description (maximum 6 pages) should be submitted by the head of the research group in question and accompanied by the CV and a list of the last three years of publications for this person.

The Board will make a preliminary consideration of the relevance and practical importance of the outlined research program. If approved in principle, the research group will be invited to submit a complete application (maximum 16 pages + relevant attachments). Upon receipt of the application, one or more representatives of the Board will schedule a site visit to the research group to discuss the application in further detail and to verify that the required support from the institution the research group belongs to are met. Expected support includes:

  • The institution will be willing to allocate “matching funds” to Foundation support, on top of the support the research group is already receiving, and
  • The institution will forego any institutional overhead charges to a Foundation center support

Center support is normally granted with an amount of NOK 1 mill for each of three years. Such awards are limited to 1-2 new centers per year and made on a competitive basis. Researchers who are part of a group receiving center support will not qualify for project support from the Foundation during the time period center support applies.

Application deadline is April 1 each year. Applications should be forwarded to the following e-mail:

A reply with feedback and outcome should normally be expected within eight weeks from the application deadline.

Previous Grants:

  • CEEMS (Center for Evaluation of Emergency Medical Services) in King County – as of 2017 transferred to Global Resuscitation Alliance, the node of which is connected to CEEMS. Ongoing
  • WISER (Peter M Winter Institute of Simulation and Education Research), Pittsburgh. Expired
  • STRATUS (Simulation Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital) Harvard, Boston. Expired
  • SAFER (Stavanger Acute Medicine Foundation for Education and Research), Stavanger. Ongoing
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Group, at Ullevål University Hospital, Oslo. Expired
  • Resuscitation laboratory research group, at Uppsala University Sweden. Expired
  • Danish Institute for Medical Simulation, Copenhagen University. Expired
  • Center for Advanced Pediatric Education, Stanford University. Expired
  • Pediatric Research Group at Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia. Expired
  • SARVER Heart Center, Tucson. Expired
  • Rescu, Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto. Expired
  • Gothenburgh Outcome Research Group, Gothenburg.
  • Elisabeth A. Hunt, Baltimore. Ongoing
  • CEKU & DIMS, Denmark. Ongoing
  • Leif Svensson, Stockholm. Ongoing
  • Copenhagen EMS Service/European EMS Leadership Network, Copenhagen. Ongoing

By submitting a concept proposal/application for center support, you provide your personal data to the Laerdal Foundation.  We collect and process your personal data solely for the purpose of reviewing, granting/declining and archiving your application.

We rely on legitimate interests as the lawful basis for doing this. We will not use your personal information for any other purpose than described above.  The personal information we collect is mainly name, contact information and academic achievements.  We do not process any sensitive personal information as part of this. Except for publishing a list of granted applications in the public domain, we do not share your personal information with anyone outside the Laerdal Foundation. Your personal information will not be kept for longer than necessary.

Please reach out to if you have any questions related to privacy or data protection with the Laerdal Foundation.