Forte and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) invite proposals for collaborative research projects in the field of ageing and health. This call is open for joint proposals from research teams based in India and Sweden.

About the research

The proportion of older people in Sweden, India and many other countries is increasing. This development is leading to significant challenges for elderly health care services, as more people are expected to live longer with illness and disability. Health care and issues of older people have been highlighted by The United Nations ‘Decade of Healthy Ageing’, which aims at providing age friendly environments and integrated long-term care. In this context ICMR and Forte will fund research on initiatives that support active and healthy ageing.

The call will stimulate interdisciplinary and innovative research in the field of ageing and health. Proposals may address the following themes:

  1. Public health, prevention, and health promotion
  2. Organisation and provision of care for older people

Type of grant and duration

The call consists of one grant type: project grant. You can apply for funding for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years.

Grant amounts

Expenditure by the project team in their country would be provided by the respective funding agency, i.e., Forte in Sweden will support expenditure on Swedish side of the project whereas the ICMR will support expenditure on the India side.

Swedish budget

Maximum SEK 5 million for three-year projects and SEK 3 million for two-year projects.

Indian budget

ICMR will provide funding to Indian researchers working in India only for research based in India. Based on the justification, approximately Indian rupees 1.5 crores may be available per project for its entire duration, not exceeding three years for the ICMR-funded portion of the costs.

Eligibility and application

Applications must be joint and researchers active in Sweden apply to Forte and researchers active in India apply to ICMR with the same project idea. Since applications are reviewed by international experts, your application should be written in English. Read more about requirements and how to apply in the documents below.

Time plan

The call opens: 25 January 2022 (17:00 IST; 13:30 CET)
The call closes: 7 April 2022 (17:00 IST; 13:30 CEST)
Expected date for Forte’s funding decision: September 2022
Project start: 1 October 2022