Forte now announces a call for proposals for research on the return to work after sick leave due to mental illness and pain. The research should increase the understanding of which factors and interventions within the health care system and involving work places promote rehabilitation and return to work.

The call at a glance

Type of grant: Project grant
Grant length:3 years
Disposition time:Until 30 June 2021
Who can apply:Project leaders from a Swedish county organisation (or regional organisation)
Budget framework:A total of 40 million SEK has been allocated for a three year period
The call closes:15 December 2016 at 17:00 CET
Grant decisions published:By the end of May 2017
Grant period starts:1 January 2017


Studies should be carried out in collaboration or contact with employer organisations, workplaces or Arbetsförmedlingen, the Swedish Public Employment Service. Projects must use the outcome measures and data sources for return to work as presented by the Swedish government’s social security agency, Försäkringskassan, in a report that was published on 30 september 2016, p. 15-19. In addition to these, other measures for return to work can also be studied.

Applications to Forte should be submitted by a Swedish county organisation (landsting) or regional organisation, but in collaboration with a university or other research organisation. The county council/region is also the administrative organisation. Researchers interested in conducting a study are welcome to contact the following representatives in each county council and region:

The application should place emphasis on the project’s research question and how it adds to the body of knowledge that already exists in the area. Study design, materials and methodology should be described clearly so that the feasibility of the project idea can be assessed. Research projects should be of such scientific quality and be designed in a way that that allows for systematic evaluation of the scientific evidence.

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