The annual call for proposals for project grants shall contribute to increasing the knowledge in Forte’s areas health, working life and welfare. In total, around SEK 90 million is reserved for the period 2025–2027.

About the call

Background and purpose

The annual call for starting grants aims to support skills and career development for junior researchers and to promote researcher mobility. The starting grant is intended to promote establishment and independence in research by providing junior researchers with the opportunity to conduct their own research project. Researchers formulate their research questions freely within Forte’s areas.

Areas of focus

The call for proposals welcomes all applications within Forte’s overarching areas of health, working life and welfare. The research that receives funding shall be of high scientific quality and have good potential to benefit society in the short or long term. For a more detailed description of the research areas that we support and do not support, please see the page Review panels for the annual call for starting grants.

About the grant

One type of grant is available under this call for proposals: starting grants. Junior researchers can apply for a starting grant to conduct their own research project, lasting up to three years.

The project can be carried out at a Swedish organisation or university, or at an organisation in another country. Please note, however, that you must be employed by a Swedish organisation that will manage the funds (the administrating organisation).

The intended project leader is expected to have an activity level in the project of at least 50 percent of full-time. The project leader should also be paid in the same proportion as the activity level.

Funding amounts

You can apply for a maximum of SEK 3.75 million for three-year projects and SEK 2.5 million for two-year projects. Please note that the maximum amount includes indirect costs (OH).

Eligibility requirements

You may apply for a starting grant up to three years after receiving your doctoral degree. To apply for a starting grant in this call for proposals you must have obtained your doctoral degree at some point during the period 2021-03-21 to 2024-03-21.

Other requirements and conditions to apply are described in the document “Information about the call” and on the page Who can apply for a grant?


Call opens: 23 January 2024, 10.00 CET
Call closes: 21 March 2024, 14.00 CET
Decisions taken on funding: 22 October 2024
Decisions published: 23 October 2024
Project start: 1 January 2025