A substantial part of Forte’s research funding is administered through the annual open call for proposals, which is announced in December every year. On this page you can find information about the types of grants, scientific panels and the application process.

The annual open call welcomes all applications within Forte’s overall responsibilities of health, working life and welfare. The purpose of the annual open call is to enable researchers to analyse and contribute to the understanding of a specific research area or question. Projects are prioritised based on the scientific quality of the research proposal as well as its potential to achieve societal impact in a short or long term perspective.

Types of grants

Project grants

Project grants provide funding for individual research projects and are awarded for a maximum of 3 years. The grant is open to researchers with a minimum requirement of a PhD.

Junior researcher grants

Junior researcher grants are awarded for 4 years and can be granted up to 6 years after PhD defence. The aim of this grant is to support early stage researchers. The grant should cover at least 40 % of the salary for a junior researcher.

Postdoc grants

Postdoc grants are targeted at researchers in the beginning of their careers. The grants provide researchers the opportunity to continue their research career after obtaining their PhD. The grant can be applied for up to 2 years after doctoral examination. The grant is awarded for 2 years and corresponds to a full-time salary.


Applications within the annual annual open call for proposals are assessed by ten different panels with different focus areas. Each panel is composed of senior researchers from a variety of relevant disciplines, with representation from other Nordic countries. The panels also include community representatives to ensure public interest and social relevance in research funding.

The panels make their assessment based on both the scientific quality of the applications and their societal relevance. The panel that assesses your application will depend on the subject of the research.

Two-stage application process

The application process for project grants and junior researcher grants is divided into two stages. In stage 1, you submit a project outline to Forte. When the call closes in February, Forte’s review panels decide on which project outlines will be accepted to stage 2. In stage 2 of the application process, you are given the opportunity to submit a full application. The complete application must be submitted no later than May.

Postdoc grants are applied for in one stage. If your application is accepted by Forte’s scientific panels, you will be asked to supplement your application with your thesis and other writings in electronic format.

Instructions on how to apply are published when the call opens, in December every year. See the page Annual open call for proposals 2019 for instructions regarding the annual open call 2019, which closed on 5 February 2019.

Time plan for the annual open call for proposals 2020

  • 5 December 2020

    Stage 1 of the call for proposals opens

  • 4 February 2020

    Final date for applications in step 1

  • March 2020

    Applications are assessed by Forte’s review panels

  • 16 April 2020

    Decisions on which applications have been accepted to step 2 are published in Prisma. Stage 2 of the call opens

  • 14 May 2020

    Final date for full applications for project grants and junior research grants

  • 20 May 2020

    Forte’s board decides on funding for postdocs

  • September/October

    Forte’s board decides on funding for projects and junior researchers

  • 1 January 2021

    Project start