At the end of May, Forte will open a call for research on the health and living conditions of LGBTQ+ people. In total, SEK 40 million has been allocated for the years 2021–2023.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons (LGBTQ+) have an increased risk of impaired mental health and risk behaviours compared to the population at large. There is a growing body of research indicating that this is due to increased exposure to stress factors such as discrimination, violence, stress about concealing your sexual identity or gender identity and expectations of being rejected or socially isolated.

At the end of May 2021, Forte will open a call for research that can contribute with increased knowledge on the health and living conditions of LGBTQ+ people. The initiative includes research regarding people’s entire life cycles and in relation to health, working life and welfare. In collaboration with researchers, Forte has produced the report “Hälsa och livsvillkor bland unga hbtq-personer” (in Swedish) in which a large number of knowledge gaps is identified, for example:

  • Knowledge of risk and protection factors through longitudinal studies
  • Knowledge of specific subgroups, especially queer and transgender people
  • Knowledge of exposure for violence and its causes
  • Knowledge of interventions aimed at preventing and effectively treating mental ill-health
  • Knowledge of the effects of preventive measures and how they can be put into practice

The report provides a basis for the call. However, the call includes research on the health and living conditions of LGBTQ+ people of all ages.

Grant types and limitations

In this call, you can apply for two types of grants:

  • Project (two or three years)
  • Postdoc (two years)

Only one application per grant type and main applicant is allowed. If you apply for both grant types, the applications should not refer to the same project.

Time plan

The call opens: 26 May 2021, at 10:00

Deadline for applications: 25 August 2021, at 14:00

Forte’s board decides on funding: 8 November 2021

Project start: 1 December 2021