Formas' annual open call
Formas funds research of the highest scientific quality to contribute to ecologically, economically and socially sustainable development. The reviewers in the evaluation panels have the competence to assess social science, humanities, natural science and technical research within Formas’ areas of responsibility.
The same application may be relevant to several panels, but will be evaluated by the panel comprised of the reviewers with the most appropriate competence. The panels also evaluate interdisciplinary research (crossing subject boundaries) and transdisciplinary research (bridging research and societal boundaries).
The research that is supported must be of the highest scientific quality and have the potential to be of benefit to society in the short-term or long-term and may apply to all levels of society. Formas strives to promote equality between women and men and for the importance of gender and other critical perspectives to be included in the recognised in the research.
1. Climate change
The research community agrees that climate change exists and also that it is us humans and the ways that we have organised our societies that to a large extent have caused these changes.
However, how climate changes should be understood and measured, the effects and consequences these have…
2. Water - from source to sea
Water – groundwater, freshwater and seawater, as well as related ecosystems– is essential to all life and biodiversity on Earth.
Access to this natural resource cannot however be taken for granted. The lack of clean drinking water…
3. Ecosystems and biodiversity on land
We humans are a part of nature and dependent on the resources and values it provides. At the same time we affect biodiversity and ecosystems in different ways. Protecting and restoring species and ecosystems, and manage them sustainably, are given parts of sustainable development.
Fundamental knowledge is needed about the functioning of ecosystems, how they are impacted and the…
4. Environmental pollutants
Pollutants spread from various sources into the indoor and outdoor environments and can have impact negatively on humans and the environment. The long-term effects are difficult to predict and are also sometimes difficult to identify.
These insights should be seen in relation to the type of knowledge that exists concerning environmental…
5. Food production
A secure food supply is fundamental for sustainable development. This includes a viable system of production and processing, in addition to well-functioning markets and trade - from primary production all the way to the consumer.
How can we produce food in a sustainable way and maintain viable food production? To ensure this requires…
6. Animal health and welfare
We humans are dependent on animals, on a social level as well as for our food supply.
Animal health and welfare is increasingly concerned with human interactions with and relationships towards…
7. Consumption, production and materials
The production of goods depletes the world’s already limited natural resources and results in environmental problems, while population growth at the same time increases demand for the primary production of various raw materials.
In many cases consumption of goods and services and the waste that this consumption generates also affects…
8. The built environment
To plan, build and manage the built environment in a technologically safe, as well as in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner brings a number of challenges for various stakeholders in society.
The construction of public or private buildings and environments requires different types of planning…
9. Urban and rural areas
An urgent question is how cities, other urban areas and rural areas should best be designed, governed and developed in an inclusive and sustainable direction.
More and more people and resources are concentrated in and around a number of rapidly growing cities,…
10. General governance, implementation and monitoring
In order to contribute to knowledge about sustainable development on a more general level, research that can integrate several areas or sectors and that has a comparative perspective is required.
Fundamental changes and transitions also necessitate the co-operation of the political, commercial and…