Five projects that were awarded planning grants in 2016 through the call “Joint Call in Sweden and South Africa” are now getting extended financial support to continue their research.

In 2016 Forte and the South African research council SAMRC undertook a joint call. Within the call, collaboration projects between Swedish and South African researchers, about inequality in health and health systems, were financed in various funding categories.

To stimulate new collaborations, one category of the call was open to applications for planning grants. There were no requirements for any established collaboration between the researchers in the two countries at the time of application. After one year of building contacts and developing the original project ideas, the researchers were invited to compete for project grants through revised applications.

In July 2017, Forte and SAMRC decided to extend the financial support to five of the projects. They will be awarded two-year project grants of a total of 630 000 SEK each.

Tove Hammarberg
Tove Hammarberg

”I am happy to see that the two-step model we have chosen to let collaborations evolve during a year with planning grants seems to have worked. Planning projects where only researchers from one of the countries were included from the start have been doing well in the competition for grants after the year of planning. Four of the five projects that now have been awarded grants are extensions of project ideas where only one party submitted the application for the planning grant”, says Tove Hammarberg, Head of International Collaboration at Forte.

A list of all approved applications can be found here and on the page Grant decisions.