Does long-term job strain increase the risk for diabetes? Is there a connection between night work and heart disease? And how do socioeconomic factors and education affect the careers of young adults? These research questions – and many more – will now be studied with funding from Forte’s national research programme for working life research.

Today, 21 applications that were submitted within the call Working Life Research 2017 were granted funding amounting to a total of SEK 61 million. The call for proposals was the first within Forte’s 10-year national research programme for working life research.

13 projects and 8 postdocs funded

In total, 204 project applications and 47 postdoc applications were submitted within the call. Out of these, 13 project applications and 8 postdoc applications have been granted funding. Combined, they will be awarded SEK 45 million in project grants and SEK 16 million in postdoc grants. For the whole call for proposals this amounts to SEK 61 million.

Granted applications: Working Life Research 2017

Research for a sustainable working life and functioning labour market

The structure of working life has enormous impact on societal development. Consequently, Therese Woodhill, programme coordinator for the national research programme for working life research, is delighted that Forte is now granting funding to so many important research projects.

Therese Woodhill
Therese Woodhill

“For example, the projects with contribute with more knowledge of which measures to take in developing a sustainable and healthy working life in the future. There are many challenges ahead – and to find the solutions we need more research in this field”, says Therese Woodhill.

The national research programme for working life research will run for 10 years. In order to meet the many challenges within the working life area, Forte will continually carry out targeted calls for proposals and initiatives during the course of the programme.

Assessed by an international panel

The applications within the call “Working Life Research 2017” were evaluated by an international assessment panel. The panel consisted of 12 European researchers and two Swedish representatives of society. Half of the panel members assessed applications that focused on work organisation, labour market and welfare, while the other half assessed applications that focused on working environment and health.

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