Forte funds research through a number of different types of grants. Some of these are intended to strengthen research environments in the long-term, others aim to promote the career development and knowledge exchange of researchers.

On this page, you will find some brief information about our various types of grants. Under Open calls you can see which calls are open right now.

Grants for research projects

Project Grant

The majority of Forte’s funding is distributed through project grants. These are usually two to three years in lenght, and should contribute to increased knowledge of an identified issue. The grant amounts may vary between calls. In 2020, the average grant amount was SEK 4.1 million.

Planning Grant

Planning grants provide the opportunity to prepare for major research projects, establish collaborations with among others various research disciplines, practice and users including the possibility to launch a pilot study. The planning grants cover SEK 1 million for one year.

Career development and mobility

Junior Researcher Grant

The junior research grant is a form om Project grant that aims to promote newly graduated researchers, up to six years after PhD defence. The grant covers at least 40 percent of the salary for the junior researcher, and is awarded for four years. From 2022, Forte will no longer offer the junior researcher grant.

Postdoc Grant

The postdoc grant provides junior researchers the opportunity to continue their research career after obtaining their PhD. The grant is awarded for two years and corresponds to a full-time salary.

Practice-oriented research fellow

The grant for practice-oriented research fellows are used within Forte’s national programme for applied welfare research. The grant gives persons with a PhD, working with social services issues outside of the academy, the opportunity to carry out research and translate their research experience into practice. The applicant must have the opportunity to conduct research on a part-time basis. The purpose of the grant is to promote the link between research and social services practice as well as the translation of research experience into practice, thus promoting continuous development and improvement work. The grant covers SEK 500,000 for three years, which is intended to cover the cost of a half-time salary.

Visiting Researcher Grants

Forte announce visiting researcher grants annualy, with the aim of facilitating experience and knowledge exchange between Swedish and foreign research environments, and to promote career development for junior researchers. The visiting researcher grant is offered in two forms, for outgoing and incoming researchers. The grant is intended for stays in Sweden or abroad for a maximum of six months.

Long-term grant forms

Programme Grant

Forte offers programme grants in order to strengthen and promote the expansion of research environments within areas that are prioritised by Forte. Programme grants enable research groups to address new issues and work with them over a longer period of time.

Research Centre Grant

Grants for so-called “Forte centers” are intended to support research environments that are particularly prominent in Forte’s areas of responsibility. The grant provides long-term support, usually over a 10-year period. The aim of the grant is to enable research environments to be developed, renewed and stabilized by attracting additional funding from other sources. No future calls for research centre grants are currently planned.

Knowledge exchange and communication

Network Grant

The purpose of the network grant is to facilitate collaboration between researchers within Forte’s areas of responsibility, across different disciplines and different parts of Sweden. Grants are awarded for a maximum of three years.

Conference Grant

Conference grants are financial support for conferences hosted by a Swedish institution of higher education or scientific/scholarly organisation. Applications for conference grants are assessed on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

Journal Grant

The purpose of Forte’s journal grants is to support scientific discussion and publication and to promote the dissemination of scientific information within Forte’s areas of responsibility and coordination. Publishing grants are awarded for a maximum of three years.

Other types of grants

Grant for Systematic Review

Grants for systematic reviews are used within the national programme for applied welfare research. The grant gives opportunity to identify current knowledge and research needs within a well-defined topic of relevance to social services interventions and activities, which benefit from initiatives from several scientific areas or disciplines. The grant covers SEK 1 million over one year.