This is a call for proposals for research on interventions to prevent sick leave or promote the return to work after sick leave. The focus for the research is individuals with mental illness and pain. The research should increase the understanding of which factors and interventions within the health care system and involving work places prevent sick leave and promote rehabilitation and return to work.

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 lead the project in collaboration with one or more Swedish county organisations (landsting) or regional organisations and researchers at a university or other research organization. The administrative organisation can be either a county council/region or a research organisations.

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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The call at a glance


Type of grant: Project grant

Grant length: Up to 3 years

Project start: 1 July 2018

Who can apply: Those who hold a PhD degree and are connected to an approved administrative organisation

Budget framework: A total of SEK 40 million has been allocated for a three-year period

The call closes: 21 February 2018, at 2 PM CET

Grant decisions: 24 May 2018

More information about the call and instructions for applicants are found in the files attached below.