The Foundation for Social Welfare Services (FSWS) adopts a procedure through which the quality and quantity of research projects conducted within it are regulated. Forms are used to collect information about research proposals.

The “Research Request Form – Non-students” form is intended to be filled in by researchers (be they independent or affiliated with local/international organizations) who need to collect data from FSWS staff members and/or service users in order to carry out a research project.

What you'll get

Non-student researchers are requested to first send an email at [email protected] to provide a brief overview about the research that they would like to conduct and about the involvement of the FSWS would be.

The overview is considered by the FSWS’ CEO and by the relevant services.

If there are no objections at this stage, the applicant is informed about the processing fee associated with non-student research requests and is asked to submit the “Research Request Form – Non-Students” together with other relevant documents (e.g. information sheet, interview guide and consent form).

Once these are received by the Research Office within the FSWS, they are reviewed to check whether the study adheres to ethical principles; to consider the implications for the service users and other participants and to assess overall impact of the project on service provision, including on available resources.

Documents are then forwarded to the relevant Agency/s for their consideration.

If the request can potentially be accommodated, the applicant is informed via email within four weeks of the receipt of the documents at the Research Office (unless there are extenuating circumstances) and is requested to pay the processing fee, unless this is exempted.

Once payment (if applicable) is received, the applicant is sent an official letter via email with information about the way forward for the study.


General eligibility criteria:

  • Researchers (independent or affiliated with an organisation) who need to collect data from FSWS staff members and/or service users in order to carry out a research project.

How to apply

Agency name: Foundation for Social Welfare Services (Research Office)
Address: 212, Cannon Road, Road Santa Venera SVR 9034
Website: www.fsws.gov.mt
Telephone number: +356 2258 8900

Fill in the online form and submit.