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Call for research proposals on work, employment and the COVID-19 crisis

Work and Employment planning grant

The COVID-19 pandemic is now hitting societies with full force, both on a national and global scale. The death tolls are rising, affecting both social life and economies at large. Unemployment rates are sky-rocketing, businesses are facing lockdowns, and whole industries are threatened as a cure is yet in sight. The COVID-19 crisis will surely affect working life and labour markets for an indefinite time. It is therefore urgent to understand and predict outcomes, and finding measures to mitigate and overcome the crisis, as well as rebuilding societies and economies in more resilient and sustainable directions.

Research councils are now launching calls related to the COVID-19 crisis. Consequently, WE wants to support researchers to react to these calls and therefore provides planning grants for developing full research proposals about work, employment and the COVID-19 crisis to major research agencies. We welcome applications from researchers from all disciplines affiliated with the University of Gothenburg; Chalmers; Högskolan Väst; Högskolan i Borås; and Högskolan i Skövde. The aim is to strengthen research about work and employment related to the COVID-19 crisis, as well as encourage new collaborations amongst researchers from different disciplines.

Amount and conditions
The planning grant is a one lump-sum payment of 40,000 SEK per project. The grant can be used for wage costs including social fees, as well as other costs related to the project application development (such as workshops, meetings with invited external researchers, payment of external reviews of proposals, visits to organizations etc.)

The main applicant must hold a PhD. The research team must consist of researchers from at least two different scientific disciplines.
Receivers of a planning grant commit to do the following:

  • Participate in a grant-proposal seminar where the applicant proposes a scientific reviewer of the proposal (WE will help to organize this in collaboration with the applicant)
  • Allocate time to work with the application
  • Send a complete application for a research project/programme to at least one of the major research agencies, such as FORTE, Formas, Mistra, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Vetenskapsrådet, Vinnova, EU, or similar.
  • Submit a final report to WE, containing a short description of the work with the application, project participants, agencies applied to, and the outcome of the application.

The project text for the planning grant should be no longer than 2 A4-pages (references excluded). The applications should be made using the two application-forms provided below. The application should be submitted to WE:s director, Maria Norbäck through email maria.norback@handels.gu.se

WE planning grant form 1WE planning grant form 2


Deadline and important dates
WE accept applications from May 1st until the 30th of September 2020, and will make decisions regarding the applications continuously during this period. Applicants that receive planning grants are expected to work with the application during the second half of 2020 and the first half of 2021. The final report with the sent applications attached should be submitted to WE no later than the 15th of December 2021.

The scientific quality and relevance are assessed by WE. Only well-prepared applications will be considered for assessment.

If you have questions about the planning grant please contact WE:s director Maria Norbäck maria.norback@handels.gu.se

About WE
Work and Employment Research Centre (WE) is a research centre located at GMV, Gothenburg Centre for sustainable development. The purpose of WE is to promote and support research, education, innovation and utilization in the field of sustainable work and employment. For more information about WE: https://we.gu.se/english


Sidansvarig: GMV|Sidan uppdaterades: 2020-10-21

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