Forte carries out several long-term initiatives and strategic collaborations. Many of these are conducted in collaboration with other funding agencies and organisations.

National Research Programmes

The Swedish Government established seven national research programmes in the 2016 national research proposal. The programmes are ten-year initiatives that will contribute to solving prioritised societal challenges and strengthening collaborations between those performing the research, those funding the research and stakeholders in society. Forte is responsible for two of the programmes, Applied Welfare Research and Working Life Research.

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The quality, organisation and processes of welfare

In the 2016 research proposal, Forte was commissioned to carry through a specific initiative on the quality, organisation and processes of welfare. The initiative aims at providing a scientifically substantiated knowledge base about the organisation and governance of health care and social services.

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The Social Fund’s Platform for Sustainable Working Life

During the period 2017–2022, Forte is cooperating with the Swedish ESF Council, which administers the European Social Fund, in a thematic platform for promoting sustainable working life. The platform is intended to promote a more efficient implementation of the European Social Fund in Sweden by gathering knowledge from the fund’s development projects and relating to existing knowledge and research.

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Forte centres

Forte supports a number of research centres through centre grants, at present thirteen. They constitute a type of funding with a higher annual amount and longer duration and are restricted to the most prominent research environments.

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Forte was a partner of the Vinnvård Research Programme, which finished in 2018. Over 13 years, Vinnvård funded 20 research projects and 8 Vinnvård Fellows. The programme covered a total of 150 MSEK.

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