Call for proposals 2022

Call for proposals

The Centre for Welfare Studies (CVS, for its Swedish name, Centrum för välfärdsstudier) is a research centre for contemporary welfare issues. Its activities are interdisciplinary, university-wide, and take place in collaboration with external actors. With a special focus on governance, organisation, and management, current challenges and opportunities facing the welfare society are analysed. In order to promote this work, CVS annually announces a call for proposals. The purpose of the grants given as part of this call is to enable researchers to perform a limited analysis/research task within the framework of any of CVS's three focus areas (see below).

Grant application, conditions, and design

Grants can be applied for by researchers at the University of Borås. A condition for obtaining a grant is that the project accommodates collaboration outside the original research environment, i.e. between different Faculties/centres/platforms at the university, or collaboration with another higher education institution or welfare organisation.

The grant covers SEK 500,000, including OH costs, and is to be used soon after funding decisions have been made, but at the latest by 31 December 2023. CVS's wishes are that each project, in addition to popular science dissemination, results in at least one peer-reviewed journal publication.

Application are to consist of two to three pages; the maximum number of characters is 5500 incl. spaces. 

The application is to describe the project’s purpose and research questions, implementation, and general budget, how results will be presented (e.g. journal publication, conference, public speeches), short area overview, societal relevance, partners.

To the application, a summary of the project is to be attached (maximum number of characters: 1000 incl. spaces), and a page consisting of the project leader's CV (max. 2000 characters incl. spaces) where the project leader’s credentials and five main publications are indicated.

In order to be granted funds, the application is to be relevant in relation to CVS’s areas of activity and current focus areas. In addition, the application will be assessed based on the clarity, societal relevance of the problem formulation, how external partners will be used and benefit the research, and how soon the project team plans to perform the task.

Summary, application, and project leader's resume (including publications) are to be merged into a PDF file and submitted to CVS@hb.se, no later than 28 Mars.

Applications will be assessed by the CVS Steering Group. Applications that do not follow the specified instructions will not be assessed.

Projects receiving funds are to, after implementation, use a special form, provided by CVS, for a brief accounting of project implementation and results.

The results of the project are to be presented to the CVS Steering Group and/or in the context of the open seminar series The Socially Sustainable Welfare Society

CVS focus areas

Cross-sectorial and collaborative organisation for a sustainable welfare society

CVS focusses on the opportunities and challenges that the modern welfare society faces in terms of governance, organisation, and management. One way to gain knowledge about development is to investigate how public and private actors, civil society and non-profit forces work together to organise and promote sustainable well-being.

In this area, CVS is looking for projects that focus on issues of collaboration and organization for a sustainable living environment in urban and sparsely populated areas, social development, and cross-sectoral collaboration to counter polarization between social groups and areas/places. Both site development for a sustainable sparsely populated area, as well as urban development for a sustainable living environment and economic development, are interesting study objects. For example, projects can be about examining how the challenges of welfare are defined in collaboration between different organisations, as well as what this interaction between different private, public, and political actors brings to issues of power and interpretation preference regarding definitions of a sustainable welfare society. Issues of power, democracy and what constitutes social sustainability and sustainable well-being are therefore central.

Governance, management, and organisation for competence provision in welfare (recruitment, onboarding, integration, and generational transfer)

This focus area concerns the issue of future recruitment and competence provision in the welfare sector and how welfare can meet these challenges in the long term. The challenge is linked to a broader and crucial question of how to maintain living standards in the welfare society in the long term. This requires an increase in both younger and older people's labour force participation, and a reduction in unemployment among foreign-born people.

In health care, strategies for recruiting workers educated abroad are currently in place, leading to developed management and organisational work with integration. This is where CVS prefers projects that both follow and study similar organisational approaches, or that investigate how welfare organisers work with age management to keep the older workforce, generational transfer, or evaluate organisation and management strategies for the recruitment or so-called onboarding of young employees (i.e. the work done so that new employees become part of the organisation's culture and feel like an important part of the team).

Projects may also aim to examine the efforts made to enlist a younger generation into welfare professions with an understanding of what constitutes pull factors (what attracts) for young people into these professions, as well as identify possible push factors (with risk of lack of participation in education and professional activities).

The challenges and opportunities of digitalisation for the organisation of welfare and its professions and users

A priority area within CVS is the implication of digitalisation for organising welfare services; users and professions; and collaboration and organisation. Questions about what AI will mean for different aspects of welfare professionals’ work (e.g. in health care, police work, social services), and what governance and leadership factors mean in this context are important. Studies may aim, for example, to examine the impact of digital decision support on professional autonomy and competence; steering of work settings; meaning in professional practice; and complexity of organisations. In what ways is AI perceived as an opportunity or a threat to different professions, professional activities, and the rights of users and clients?