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Call for proposals for research funding 2015

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 2015. The application deadline was 31 August 2015.

The purpose of this call is to strengthen both the research on social security's scientific base and its link to Försäkringskassan's need for knowledge and practical work. The aim is also to increase the utilisation of research within the operations and create value for the individual and society. The application must therefore include a clear plan for the dissemination and circulation of research results. Försäkringskassan encourages applications with interdisciplinary approaches. Funding may be sought for projects with a 1-3 year project duration.

Försäkringskassan welcomes applications within the following three areas:

Försäkringskassan is calling for proposals for research funding for projects that study methods to prevent and shorten sickness absence (Reg. no. 027552-2015)

The amount of sickness absence has increased in recent years, highlighting the need to work to prevent new sickness benefit cases from starting. The increased influx of new sickness benefit cases consists mainly of cases with a psychiatric diagnosis, followed by cases with diagnoses related to the musculoskeletal system.

The healthcare system and workplaces are important players in preventive work. Knowledge of what efforts are effective in preventing an inability to work is important from both a socioeconomic perspective and an individual perspective. Försäkringskassan therefore calls for proposals for project funding that – with a clear link to social security – analyses measures to prevent sickness absence.

 

Försäkringskassan is calling for proposals for research funding for research within the area of disability (Reg. no. 027555-2015)
The Government’s overall objective for its disability policy is for individuals with disability to have the opportunity to fully participate in society.

Försäkringskassan administrates a number of benefits intended to contribute to these goals being met. 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 objective through greater financial security and a greater opportunity to be involved in community life. Knowledge of how these benefits contribute to meeting the objective is important for Försäkringskassan. Försäkringskassan is therefore calling for proposals for research funding for projects that increase knowledge about life chances and living conditions for individuals with disability or chronic illness, and that can contribute knowledge about measures to achieve the objectives.

 

Försäkringskassan is calling for proposals for research funding for projects studying the significance of social insurance to financially disadvantaged households with children. (Reg. no. 027556-2015)

Financial disadvantage among households with children is a problem at both the individual and the societal level, and often have both short-term and long-term negative consequences. While such disadvantage exists in all types of households, it is most common among single parents and in households where the parents were born outside of Sweden.   For many financially disadvantaged, benefits from Försäkringskassan are important to the household’s economy.  Among single parents with two or more children, benefits within the financial family policy account on average for over 20 per cent of the household’s disposable income.

The Government’s objective for the financial family policy is, inter alia, that it contributes to improved conditions for a good financial standard of living and greater power over one’s own living situation for all families with children. Here, it is important to study the significance of both general and needs-based compensation from Försäkringskassan, as well as Försäkringskassan’s treatment and administration of cases involving families with children. Försäkringskassan is therefore calling for proposals for research funding for projects that contribute to knowledge of the current situation of financial disadvantaged households with children in Sweden, and what role Försäkringskassan plays or could play for such households.

 

When assessing applications, consideration is given to the project's anticipated scientific quality, social relevance, operational benefits to the authority, feasibility, costs, plan for dissemination and circulation of results and the applicant's competence.
A central part of achieving operational benefits is having a clear plan for implementing the research results and, if relevant, the participation of relevant societal stakeholders. We will therefore attach particular importance to this when assessing this year’s 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 implementation of the research results and the participation of relevant societal stakeholders are reported under separate headings in the project application as described below.

Applications must be written in Swedish and consist of a popular scientific summary, a complete description of the research project according to the outline below, CV and publication list. The project description is to be presented under the following separate headings; background (incl. problem formulation), aim, preliminary results (if applicable), work plan (incl. method and schedule), social relevance, operational benefits to the authority, plan for the dissemination and circulation of the results, implementation of the results, participation of relevant societal organisations, ethical considerations (incl. information on submitted and approved ethical application), project budget (indicate overhead costs and include information about pending and allocated funding for this or related projects) and references.

The project description must be no more than ten A4 pages (12p) including a detailed project budget and references. The popular scientific summary shall be max. 250 words. The CV shall be max. two A4 pages per applicant. The list of relevant publication shall include max. five publications per researcher participating in the project. The principal applicant, who must have a PhD by the time the application is submitted, may submit no more than one application at the application stage. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications must be received by Försäkringskassan, saved as a PDF, no later than 31 August 2015 at 16:00 via huvudkontoret@forsakringskassan.se. In addition to the project title, the cover sheet must state the applicant's name and contact details, as well as which of the above research areas the application relates to. Notification of award of funding (where applicable) shall be provided by no later than the end of week 51 and disbursement shall be before the end of the year. In the subject line in the e-mail, enter ”Application research funding” and the reference number to which the application relates (see the Ref. indicated above).

Other

As part of the efforts to contribute to business 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 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. The projects take place in dialog with analysts at the authority. Here you can read more about the requirements for ethical review.

For further information and general questions about the call for proposals, please contact Caroline Olgart Höglund, 010-116 90 60. You can also send an e-mail to:
caroline.olgart.hoglund@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 www.epn.se. Here you can also find a presentation of the organisation that applies the rules. Försäkringskassan also refers to Codex (www.codex.vr.se), a website which aims to gather the ethical guidelines and laws that regulate and place ethical demands on the research process.