A substantial part of Forte’s research funding is administered through the yearly open call for proposals. Projects are prioritized based on the scientific quality of the research proposal as well as it potential to achieve societal impact in a short or long term perspective.

In order to guarantee scientific quality and relevance, proposals are evaluated by different scientific panels. Each panel is composed of senior researchers from a variety of relevant disciplines, with representation from Nordic countries. In each panel, there are also representatives for the public interests. The panels are headed by an external senior researcher and a senior research officer from Forte. The focus and composition of the scientific panels is set by the board of directors.

Forte’s research funding is focused on the main areas of research: health, working life and welfare.


The research area includes studies on the prevalence of diseases and factors increasing or decreasing the potential of health and healthy living. This includes research on health promotion and disease prevention, as well as studies on rehabilitation and nursing, health care processes and systems. The scientific panels in this area are: Epidemiology and population based studies; Health promotion and behaviour; and Health care and Health care organisation. Read more »

Working life

One of the challenges for the future is to better understand the Swedish labor market, risks and possibilities linked to the physical and psychological work environment and organization and management of work to achieve a sustainable working life. The scientific panels in this area are: Labour market, Work organization; Work and working environment. Read more »


Sweden has a well-established welfare system that today faces several challenges. Research is crucial in meeting these challenges and working for a continuously improved welfare. Within the welfare research field we fund research on social relation within and between different social groups, social care as well as social policy and social insurance objectives, laws and institutions. The scientific panels in this area are: Social policy and social change, Social relations; Social care and social work. Read more »