Join the SWOSH network!

SWOSH aims to strengthen the collaboration between Swedish researchers and the European research community in the field of sustainable work.

The network provides information about relevant EU research calls and networking opportunities to react to these calls. It is open to researchers and stakeholders from Sweden as well as all other countries in the EU and elsewhere participating in Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe research programmes.

Join our network and sign up to receive our newsletter via our web site https://www.swosh.eu/

Or on LinkedIn or ResearchGate; search for “Sustainable Work” and you will find us.

Why collaborate with Swedish scientists?

  • Swedish companies are known for their concern in the well-being of their employees. This human-centred approach facilitates collaboration with employers in questions such as working conditions, equality and social justice.
  • Swedish citizens have unique personal identification numbers permitting linkages to national registers. This allows access to unique historical data on e.g.  job title, workplace, education, different sources of income and  health and disease, including mortality, hospitalization and specific diseases.
  • Swedish researchers have access to workplaces and workers due to a long tradition of mutual trust and common interests between researchers and the social partners.

Why join SWOSH?

For researchers in the area of work and health active outside of Sweden, SWOSH offers the same information about up-coming calls as well as networking possibilities to enable contacts with researchers active in Sweden. For researchers active in Sweden, SWOSH acts as a facilitator in finding suitable EU calls and in connecting to researchers in other countries.

SWOSH in short

SWOSH targets researchers in the broad area of sustainable work, including occupational health, work organization, employment conditions, digitalization and new forms of work, green jobs etc.

The aim is to reduce the hurdles for Swedish researchers to participate in H2020 and FP9, such as not enough international contacts and lack of experience in how to get EU funding. The project encourages different types of participation at different stages of researchers’ careers, for better long-term effectiveness. The figure below illustrates different steps of EU funding instruments, requiring increasing responsibility and engagement.

SWOSH objectives

The objective of SWOSH is to promote Sustainable Work and the participation of Swedish researchers in Horizon 2020 (H2020) and Horizon Europe (FP9) through networking activities, information, capacity building and support.

The goal of our activities is to increase the participation of Swedish researchers in the upcoming work programmes as well as ERC (excellent science), Maria Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Innovative Training Programmes (ITNs) and Cost Actions.

SWOSH work plan

Mapping: i) up-coming research calls of relevance; ii) younger researchers in Sweden, international researchers already collaborating with Sweden, international research networks, industry and public sector partners.

Matchmaking: SWOSH organizes workshops and meetings at research conferences in Sweden and abroad, to inform and offer guidance related to participation in H2020 and FP9.

Participation: in collaboration with Swedish University Grants Offices, SWOSH supports promising consortia through tailor-made support activities.

The project is funded by Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova.

Contact us

Project managers
Maria Albin, Karolinska Institutet
+46 72 588 61 01, maria.albin@ki.se

Theo Bodin, Karolinska Institutet
+46 73 979 25 72, theo.bodin@ki.se

Project coordinator
Carin Håkansta, Karolinska Institutet
+46 76 209 82 26, carin.hakansta@ki.se

Advisory board
Bengt Järvholm, Umeå University
+46 70 619 22 41, bengt.jarvholm@umu.se

Svend Erik Mathiassen, University of Gävle 
+46 70 678 81 58 SvendErik.Mathiassen@hig.se

Anders Gudmundsson, Lund University
+46 222 40 75, anders.gudmundsson@design.lth.se

Kenneth Abrahamsson, kenneth.abrahamsson1@gmail.com

Elisabeth Lagerlöf, elisabeth.lagerlof@gmail.com

How to prepare a successful proposal in Horizon Europe

The EU Commission has arranged a webinar on how to prepare a successful proposal in Horizon Europe. It a very useful seminar on proposal template, basic principles, evaluation criteria and “the rules of the game”. In this post you find recordings from the webinar and also many useful links.

Presentation: Submission and evaluation of proposals – Proposal template, basic principles, evaluation criteria (Isabel VERGARA OGANDO, Bénédicte CHARBONNEL)
(These slides are an update of the slides presented in the webinar (June 2021)’)
Presentation: The rules of the game – the Model Grant Agreement (Simona STAICU, Morten GYLLING-JORGENSEN, Julien DULOT, Sorin SERBAN)
Standard application form (RIA/IA)
General Model Grant Agreement
Gender Equality in Academia and Research – GEAR tool

Interesting open calls in Horizon Europe

There are a number of interesting calls related to work-life research. Check them out!

Assessing and improving labour conditions and health and safety at work in farming

Open for submission

ProgrammeHorizon Europe (HORIZON)
Types of actionHORIZON Research and Innovation Actions
Deadline modelsingle-stage
Opening date28 October 2021
Deadline date15 February 2022 17:00:00 Brussels time

Boosting mental health in Europe in times of change

Open for submission

ProgrammeHorizon Europe (HORIZON)
Types of actionHORIZON Research and Innovation Actions
Deadline modeltwo-stage
Opening date06 October 2021
First stage deadline01 February 2022 17:00:00 Brussels time
Second stage deadline06 September 2022 17:00:00 Brussels time

Developing nature-based therapy for health and well-being

Open for submission

ProgrammeHorizon Europe (HORIZON)
Types of actionHORIZON Research and Innovation Actions
Deadline modeltwo-stage
Opening date28 October 2021
First stage deadline15 February 2022 17:00:00 Brussels time
Second stage deadline06 September 2022 17:00:00 Brussels time

Join a COST Action

To join a COST action is an excellent way for you to build your international network, also for young researchers like PhD students and postdocs

The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) is a funding organisation for the creation of research networks, called COST Actions. These networks offer an open space for collaboration among scientists across Europe (and beyond) and thereby give impetus to research advancements and innovation.

To learn more about COST and join a COST action, visit their website : https://www.cost.eu

Använd bibliometridata för hitta samarbetspartners

I den här videon visar Theo Bodin hur du kan använda visualiseringsverktyget VOS viewer och bibliometridata från Web of Science för att hitta samarbetspartners och kartlägga internationella forskarnätverk som du ännu inte är med än. Theo använde detta framgångsrikt til en ansökan vintern 2019 och knöt samman flera olika foskargrupper i ett internationellt konsortium

Så bygger du ett EU-konsortium från scratch – Med Christopher Mathieu

Christopher Mathieu är Docent i Sociologi vid Lunds Universitet samtalar med Theo Bodin, Docent på Karolinska Institutet Hör hur Christopher byggde ett konsortium och framgångsrikt sökte projektanslag i Horizon 2020. Sedan april 2015 till mars 2018 koordinerar han QuInnE (Quality of Jobs and Innovation Generated Employment Outcomes) ett Horisont 2020 finansierat projekt (€2.5m) om innovation, arbetskvalitet och sysselsättning med 9 partneruniversitet i sju EU länder. Mer information finns på Quinnes webbplats.

EU announces Covid-19 calls

The EU has announced Covid-19 calls with short time to apply. Deadline is on the 11th of June. If you have exisiting networks this is a golden opportunity. For researchers in working life research there is especially one call o f extra interest:

SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020-2C – Behavioural, social and economic impacts of the outbreak response

The call is dealing with social and economic impacts of the outbreak response across Europe, non-intended consequences of epidemic-control decisions, mental health and health inequalities. Results and policy recommendations coming out of this topic are expected to speed up recovery, strengthen society’s resilience and improve preparedness for future emergencies.

Other calls that could be of interest

SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020-2A – Repurposing of manufacturing for vital medical supplies and equipment

SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020-2B – Medical technologies, Digital tools and Artificial Intelligence (AI) analytics to improve surveillance and care at high Technology Readiness Levels (TRL)

SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020-2D – Pan-European COVID-19 cohorts

SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020-2E – Networking of existing EU and international cohorts of relevance to COVID-19

Lund seminar on ERC grants May 29th

Research Services are pleased to invite you to an information seminar on the European Research Council and Horizon Europe.

The European Research Council (ERC) is the Europe’s foremost funder of bottom-up, investigator-driven funding. It supports high-quality frontier research by the best and brightest researchers in Europe, and is one of the most popular and competitive funding agencies in Europe. It is a flagship component of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Research Framework Programme for 2014 to 2020. The ERC has 4 primary funding schemes:

Starting Grants: For talented early-career scientists 2-7 years after their PhD to establish their own research group.

Consolidator Grants: To help scientists 7-12 years post-PhD consolidate their independence and strengthen their research team.

Advanced Grants: Long-term funding For established researchers with a track record of significant research achievements.

Synergy Grants: Funding for groups of 2-4 Principal Investigators to work together on ambitious research problems.

At this seminar, you will learn more about the ERC and its funding schemes, as well as what changes to expect as the European Union transitions to its new Research Framework Programme, Horizon Europe.

The seminar will be led by Lena Renner, Sweden’s National Contact Point for the ERC. It will consist of a 45 minute presentation, followed by ample time for questions. The details as follows:

Date:                    May 29, 2020 at 10:00 – 11:00

Location:             Digitally, via Zoom

Please register at the following link (https://sunet.artologik.net/lu/Survey/28764) by May 25, 2020.

Horizon project coordinator – how to get there

Christopher Mathieu is associated professor of Sociology at Lund University and from April 2015-March 2018 he coordinated the Horizon 2020 funded (€2.5m) project QuInnE (Quality of Jobs and Innovation Generated Employment Outcomes) on innovation, job quality and employment together with researchers from nine universities/research institutes in seven EU countries.

Listen to his exciting story about he started with a small international meeting which paved the way to applying and winning a grant from Horizon 2020.

Listen here!