FORTE Junior Researcher Grant in Health, Working Life and Welfare 2017

Publish Date: Dec 20, 2016

Deadline: Feb 01, 2017

Junior research grants/Outline 2017

Forte has a yearly call for junior researcher grants with submission of project outlines in January/February and full applications in May. Deadline for project outline submissions in 2017 is the 1st of February at 17:00 CET.
The application process for junior researcher grants is divided into two stages. In stage 1, the applicant submits a project outline to Forte. Applicants with approved outlines are subsequently invited to submit a full application in stage 2. The grant should be administered by a Swedish university or equivalent.

For Fortes junior research grants the following conditions apply:

  • Junior research grants are granted for four years.
  • The grant is intended to cover at least 40 % of the applicant’s salary.
  • A copy of the certificate of your completed doctoral examination should be sent in with your application, as well as an attested certificate of the date of PhD defence, if not evident in the certificate of the doctoral examination.

Focus area

The call intends to contribute to increased knowledge within Forte’s areas of responsibility, health, working life and welfare, and aims to finance research within these fields.


Eligible applicants must have defended their doctoral thesis between the 1st of January 2011 and the 1st of February 2017.
For deductible time, such as parental leave or military service, Forte requires a certificate. The certificate should be sent as an attachment to by the 3rd of February 2017. In the email, the reference number (‘diarienummer’) of your application should be clearly stated (the reference number is obtained in Prisma after the deadline of the call has passed, your application should therefore have a reference number on the morning of the 2nd of February). Concerning parental leave, the certificate should be from Försäkringskassan, in exceptional cases where this is not possible please send a certificate from your employee. It is important that you, in your project description also state that you have deductable time and that a certificate is sent in separately.

Applicants must have submitted the final report of all previously awarded grants no later than the 1st of February 2017 to qualify. Applicants who have outstanding final reports will not be taken into consideration. This applies only to earlier grants for which the deadline for the final report has passed. Consideration is given to extensions of disposal time and postponed deadlines for final reporting.


The outlines are assessed by Forte’s review panels, to which researchers and representatives of the public interest have been appointed. Assessments are based

  • The project’s originality, design and relation to the research front
  • The project’s feasibility (material, method and competence)
  • The project’s relevance for society’s requirements and its relation to Fortes areas of responsibility
  • The project’s gender- and diversity perspective

You will be asked to select a review panel and research area in the application process. Forte reserves the right to change review panels and research area for your application if needed.

Budget Framework

In this call, applicant can apply for between 0.5 and 2 MSEK per year, for the first three years. For the fourth year, a fixed amount of 800 000 is granted for career
development support.

Open access

The results from research funded by Forte must be freely accessible (open access). Forte provides 30 000 SEK in extra funding for granted research projects for open access publishing. The link Open access provides more information.

Transfer of project information to SweCRIS

Information regarding research projects supported by Forte is transferred to the Swedish Research Council for publication in SweCRIS, a national database commissioned by the Swedish government containing information on grant-funded research. More information can be found on the SweCRIS website.

The difference between research projects and junior research grants

Research projects are funded for a maximum of 3 years. Junior research grants are granted for four years. Two research project outlines are permitted per project leader. Applicants who also apply for junior project grants can in the capacity of project leader only submit one research project outline. The outlines for the research project and the junior research grant cannot concern the same project. Only one junior research outline is allowed per applicant. If you apply for a junior research grant but do not obtain this, your application will be considered for a 3-year research project instead, without you having to take any further action.

The difference between project outline and full application

The emphasis of the project outline should be on the research question and what it adds to existing knowledge in the research field. Study design, material and methods need to be clearly described to the extent that the feasibility of the project can be assessed.
The full application should contain a more detailed description of the project’s design, work plan, material and methods, as well as theoretical aspects and a review of the literature with relevance for the project.
The relevance of the project for the society and in relation to Forte’s areas of responsibility should be described in both the outline and the full application, but with less detail in the outline. In the full application, you should also describe knowledge dissemination activities and collaboration activities.
Major divergences between the outline and the full application with regards to design and budget are not permitted.

Apply for grant in Prisma

All applications are submitted in the application and evaluation system Prisma.
Conditions to be able to submit your application:
• You need a personal account in Prisma
• All participating researchers in an application must have a personal account in Prisma
• All CV and publication details for applicants and participating researchers are stored on
the respective researcher’s personal account
• Your university or higher educational institution must have an organisational account in Prisma
Please ensure that the above conditions are in place in good time before the application deadline.

Time plan

February 1st at 17.00 - Deadline for submitting an outline.
By mid-April - Decisions on which outlines that will proceed to step 2 will be available in Prisma. Stage 2 of the call for proposals opens.
May 18th at 17.00 - Deadline for submitting a full junior researcher grant application.
End of September - Forte’s board decides which applications will receive funding.

Guidelines for applications to Forte where parts of the research will be undertaken abroad

  1. Forte welcomes international research cooperation. Forte’s areas of responsibility include complex societal challenges and international research cooperation can contribute significantly to delivering solutions and opening up new perspectives.
  2. Forte’s research grants may be used to fund projects where part of the research is carried out outside of Sweden. However, the research abroad has either to be initiated and led from Sweden or be a clearly distinguished part of a collaborative project.
  3. Applications including international cooperation are assessed using the same criteria as other applications in our scientific panels.
  4. When reviewing research applications which include research carried out abroad, the evaluators in Forte’s evaluation panels are asked to assess if the international part of the project brings added value to the project or constitutes a prerequisite in a global project or in a comparative study.
  5. It is the responsibility of the main applicant to obtain information from her or his Administrative organisation regarding their policy on research funding abroad, and to find suitable forms for international collaboration in each specific case.
  6. The Swedish administrative organisation, i.e. the home institution of the Swedish main applicant, is responsible for, and decides on, any employment of staff located abroad and/or payment for work carried out abroad.

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