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Utlysning av forskningsmedel 2020-2021

Försäkringskassan calls for proposals for project funding for research in three areas of social security. The research funding amounts to SEK 8.9 million for 2017. The application deadline is 31 August.

The purpose of this call is to strengthen research on social insurance’s function and relation to other stakeholders in this area, with a clear link to Försäkringskassan’s need for knowledge and practical work. We are particularly interested in projects with an organisational and rule of law perspective with a focus on cooperation with other stakeholders (e.g. healthcare sector, employers, Public Employment Service). The application must also include a clear plan for the dissemination and circulation of research results. We encourage applications with a pronounced diversity, equality and gender equality perspective.

Försäkringskassan encourages applications with interdisciplinary approaches. Funding may be sought for projects with a 1-3 year project duration. This year, Försäkringskassan welcomes applications within the following areas:

In recent years, sickness absence has increased and sickness benefit cases have become longer. The increased influx consists mainly of cases with a psychiatric diagnosis, followed by cases with diagnoses related to the musculoskeletal system. We are looking for research into how sick-listing and the rehabilitation process works in cooperation between different stakeholders, e.g. healthcare sector, employers, Försäkringskassan and the Public Employment Service. We are especially looking for projects that deal with how the healthcare sector and Försäkringskassan handle the increased influx of patients on sick leave in relation to a psychiatric diagnosis/mental illness. Are people being offered adequate help while on sick leave for mental illness, and what factors are crucial for the individual’s ability to regain health and work capacity? Are the health insurance rules being applied equally and in compliance with applicable laws?

 

Försäkringskassan administrates a number of benefits aimed at individuals who have a disability or have a child or other closely related person with a disability. Attendance allowance, activity compensation and childcare allowance are some examples of this. Such benefits are intended to contribute in varying degrees to the Government's overall objectives for the group – social inclusion in society and greater financial security. Försäkringskassan is seeking research on how social insurance affects the living conditions of persons with disability or chronic illness. How do benefits from Försäkringskassan affect the need for compensation in the long term and how can shut-in effects and stigmatisation be avoided? Are the rules applied equally and in compliance with applicable law in terms of e.g. the interplay between the guardian’s parental responsibility for the care of a disabled child and other closely related persons?

 
The child and family area of social insurance includes a number of allowances and benefits, such as parental benefit, temporary parental benefit, maintenance support, child allowance and childcare allowance. The majority of parental benefit and temporary parental benefit days are still taken out by women, although the differences are growing smaller over time. Försäkringskassan is seeking increased knowledge about how ill health, demographics, and equal benefit day utilisation interact. Försäkringskassan is seeking research on how the utilisation of benefit days within the child and family area looks in different population groups (social, educational and ethnic background), with a focus on gender equality and the perspective of the child.
 

Application requirements

The application must be written in Swedish and organised as follows:
1) A cover page with project title, names of the principal and co-applicant, and the principal applicant's contact details. The cover page must also indicate which of the three research areas indicated above the application regards.
2) A popular scientific abstract of max. 250 words written in Swedish.
3) A description of the project in Swedish, which must not exceed ten A4 pages (12p) and must be arranged with the following headings:

  • Background, including statement of the problem
  • Purpose
  • Preliminary results (where applicable)
  • Literature review
  • Work plan, including method and schedule
  • Operational benefit for the authority
  • Benefit to society
  • Diversity, equality, and gender equality perspective
  • Plan for dissemination of research results
  • Participation of relevant societal stakeholders
  • Ethical considerations, including information on any application for ethical review that has been submitted and approved. The application for ethical review does not have to be approved at the time of application, but must be approved before any awarded funding will be disbursed. If an application for ethical review has not been submitted, state the reasons for this under this point. Ethical review requirements are described in more detail below.
  • Project budget. This must include costs for operation, any equipment, staff, overhead costs, register data and other extracts from Försäkringskassan. Försäkringskassan will cover travel expenses for seminars arranged by the authority as well as conference participation to disseminate the research results nationally and internationally and any expenses associated with publishing the results. All costs shall be specified under this heading and shall include information on pending and awarded grants from other research funders for this or related projects.
  • Project funding can be sought for 1-3 years.
  • References

4) CV spanning max. two A4 pages per applicant.
5) A publication list of relevant publications, which may include max. five publications per applicant.

Preparation

The applications are assessed by researchers of Försäkringskassan's Scientific Council and by external experts. When assessing applications, consideration is given to the project's anticipated scientific quality, operational benefits to the authority, fresh thinking and originality, societal benefit, feasibility, costs, plan for dissemination and potential circulation of results and the research team's competence. A decision on awarding of grants is made by Försäkringskassan's Director-General with the support of the Scientific Council' assessment and an internal assessment of the project's relevance to Försäkringskassan's areas.

It is important to describe how the research results could benefit operations, potentially with cooperation from other societal stakeholders. We will therefore attach particular importance to this when assessing applications. The aim of this is to create favourable conditions for implementing the research results and, if possible, include the perspectives of those who the research concerns and impacts. The operational benefits for the authority and implementation of the research results are reported under separate headings in the project application as described below.

Applications must be received by Försäkringskassan, saved as a PDF, no later than 31 August 2017 at 16:00, submitted by e-mail to:
huvudkontoret@forsakringskassan.se

In the subject line of the e-mail, enter “Application research funding” and the reference number to which the application relates (see the Reg. no. indicated above).

The principal applicant, who must have a PhD by the time the application is submitted, may submit no more than one application during a single application period. A principal applicant may be listed as a co-applicant on another application during a single application period. Applications that are incomplete or arrive after the deadline will not be considered.
 

Other

As part of the efforts to contribute to operational benefits and to disseminate research results, the principal researcher shall deliver a final report in Swedish at the completion of the project, including a detailed summary, intended for the authority's “Social insurance report” series. The researcher will also participate in seminars organised by the authority in order to provide information about the study. In addition, scientific publications are encouraged. There is ongoing contact with analysts at the authority while the project is in progress. Granted research funding will be disbursed before the end of the year.

For further information and general questions about the call for proposals, please contact:

Johan Sandberg, 010-116 32 28. 
You can also send an e-mail to: 
johan.s.sandberg@forsakringskassan.se

Ethical review

As of 1 January 2004 there is a law concerning the ethical review of research relating to people (the Ethical Review Act). Some amendments to the Ethical Review Act entered into force on 1 June 2008. The amendments entail, inter alia, that projects where informed consent has been obtained and sensitive personal data is involved are also to be ethically reviewed. Försäkringskassan does not have its own ethics committee. The responsibility for an ethical review being performed by an ethical review board, or an advisory statement being obtained, falls to the principal of the organisation where the research is carried out. The rules are summarised on the website:

Ethical Review Boards (epn.se) 
Here you can also find a presentation of the organisation that applies the rules. 

Försäkringskassan also refers to Codex, a website which aims to gather the ethical guidelines and laws that regulate and place ethical demands on the research process.
Codex (codex.vr.se) 

Related links

Call for proposals for research funding