Forte and Försäkringskassan, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, jointly announce a call for proposals that will contribute to increased knowledge on mental health problems, with a focus on rehabilitation, collaboration and a sustainable working life. The total sum allocated is SEK 50 million for the years 2024–2026. Forte’s participation in the call is part of the national programme on mental health research.

Focus areas

This call has two focus areas:

  • Research regarding measures that provide support for people during the social insurance process and that contribute to a sustainable return to work or help prevent longer periods of sick leave related to mental health problems.
  • Research that highlights collaboration between welfare providers connected to social insurance and mental health problems.

The research funded by the call must address identified research needs and relate to the 2030 Agenda, the gender equality policy goals and the national public health policy objectives. When relevant, the research should be planned and undertaken in collaboration with relevant target groups.

The two focus areas, as well as important starting points for the research, are described further in the document Information about the call.

About the grant

Grant type: Project grant, two or three years.

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

Eligibility requirements: To apply for a project grant you must have obtained a doctoral degree no later than the date of the call closing. Already being a project leader for a Forte-funded project is no obstacle to applying in this call.

The administering organisation must have an account

To be able to apply for a grant, a Swedish university or another research funding body must administrate the funding and have an organisational account in Prisma. The administering organisation should apply for this in due time via Prisma.

Forte’s criteria for administering organisations »


The call opens: 18 April, 2023, 10:00 CEST

The call closes: 8 June, 2023, 14:00 CEST

Funding decision: 25 October, 2023

Decisions are published: 26 October, 2023

Project start: 1 December, 2023