Formas - Societal effects and opportunities for transition after Covid-19

Formas - Societal effects and opportunities for transition after Covid-19

Content of the proposal

Brief version of the idea

The project will seek to systematize the initiatives and responses to the pandemic generated by grassroots movements and radical alternative processes. We will seek to focus on those that originated during the start of the Covid-19 crisis and that have been sustained in 2021, seeking to identify their main strengths, challenges and needs. Based on this case study, the project will seek to deploy two actions: [1] compile a series of cross-cutting lessons regarding the topics of study (food; relationship with the natural environment and architecture / spatial design) and [2] deploy a network of solidarity and support among the alternative initiatives that are part of the project, as a way to enhance their actions and collaborate in deepening their “radical aspects”.

Submission important details

  • The grant amount sought for a project must be at least SEK 500,000 and a maximum of SEK 1 million. Projects must start on 1 December 2020, and funds can be sought for between 6 and 12 months.
  • Formas’ three national research programmes on climate, food and sustainable spatial planning are combined in this call.
  • The call focuses on the lessons we can learn from the pandemic
  • The call will fund one-year projects
  • The project should address relevant issues for Swedish society by studying national or international contexts

Submission contents

Basic information

  • Number of months for which the application applies
  • Project title in Swedish and English (max. 200 characters including spaces)
  • Popular science description in Swedish (max. 4,500 characters including spaces)
  • Abstract in Swedish and English (max. 1,500 characters each including spaces)

Research programme

  • Goals and objectives of the project, and a brief background description (max. 5,000 characters including spaces).
  • Project description including structure, theory and methodology (max. 9,000 characters including spaces).
  • Description of the potential real-world impact of the project (max. 6,000 characters including spaces). Briefly describe the potential real-world impact of your research, its relevant stakeholders and end users, and how the project will benefit them.
  • References. List the in-line references pertaining to the above sections in a separate field (max. 4,000 characters including spaces).


Ethical considerations

You must describe the relevant ethical issues and how they should be managed. Examples include research that uses personal data, or experiments on humans or animals. Even if you do not expect your research to involve ethical concerns, you should state that this is the case in your application and explain why. A description of animal and human testing should be given in separate fields, using a maximum of 4,000 characters including spaces in each field.