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Research Funding News 5 2020

We are closing in on 2021!

A little premature perhaps, but since it is December, and since this is the last issue of Research Funding News for the current year: Happy Holidays! 

With the year 2020 we at Lund University (and beyond!) have certainly seen our fair share of trials and tribulations. We at Research Services would like to thank all of our fiends, allies, and contacts for an excellent collaboration during these unprecedented times. Thank you for showing patience and understanding as we have adjusted our processes and, like many other departments around the world, struggled with periods of staff shortage in the wake of Covid-19.  

Full speed into 2021! Even though Christmas and New Year's are approaching at what feels like an immense speed, please take a moment to scroll through our comprehensive selection of early-2021 opportunities below. And whatever you do, don't miss out on our Introducing Horizon Europe seminar on the 3 February (details below).  

Merry Christmas,
Research Services

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Horizon Europe

The EU's funding programme for research and innovation 2021-2027

Contact the EU team at Research Services for information and support.

The LU PIC code is 999901318 and the legal name is Lunds universitet.

Webinar: Introducing Horizon Europe

Research Services is pleased to invite you to 'Introducing Horizon Europe', a webinar intended to give you an complete overview of the EU's new framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe. At the webinar, expert staff from Lärosäten Syd's Brussels Office and Research Services will present all aspects of Horizon Europe, and you will also hear success stories from researchers at Lund who have participated in the previous framework programme, Horizon 2020.

Horizon Europe will support research in all fields and at all levels across Europe for the next 7 years. It includes well-known funding schemes such as the European Research Council and Maria Skłodowska-Curie actions, as well as a wealth of opportunities for collaborative research through thematic ‘clusters’, and the brand-new European Innovation Council. Come along to familiarize yourself with Horizon Europe, and find out what’s in it for you!

The webinar will take place on February 3, 2021 from 13:00 - 15:00. It will be conducted over Zoom, and will include ample time for questions. You can register for this webinar here. If you have any questions, please contact John Phillips ( 

Horizon Europe - Missions

A new ‘missions-based’ approach is one of the biggest novelties in the upcoming Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe. Research Services has received a very preliminary work programme for these missions, and would be happy to share it with interested researchers.

If you are interested in hearing more about ‘Missions’ in Horizon Europe and would like to see their draft work programme, please contact 

Save the dates webinars on Marie S Curie Actions in Horizon Europe

2021-03-02, kl 13-14:30, MSCA Doctoral Networks
2021-03-04, kl 13-14:30, MSCA COFUND
2021-03-17, kl 13-14:30, MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships

Have you or are you going to recruite an international postdoc?

You can apply for funding for salary and research and training costs for a maximum of two from the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship programme. 

Eligibility: The researcher must have a PhD and cannot have resided in Sweden more than 12 months during the last three years preceeding the date of the deadline of the application (15 September 2021). 

For more information and application support from the Research Services contact Teresia Rindefjäll, Karin Langborger and Anneli Wiklander

European Green Deal programme 

The first calls for proposals funded through the European Green Deal programme are now open. Please see a list of these calls here: Open European Green Deal calls

Deadline is 26 January 2021.
If you consider to apply to one of these calls, you are welcome to take an initial contact with the Research Services EU team for help in preparing your application.

Save the date: ERC Advanced Grants workshop

Research Services invites you to a Advanced Grants workshop on 24 April. The workshop is run by Yellow Research, a consultancy firm with extensive experience in running ERC workshops and in pre-submission review of ERC Grants. It will provide you with an in-depth overview and practical information on the ERC Advanced Grants scheme, as well as deeper understanding of the proposal format and the key issues relating to planning, writing and costing a proposal. More information, including registration details, will follow.

Preliminary deadline for ERC Advanced Grants call 2021: 31 August 2021
Further information about Advanced Grants

Current Horizon Europe issues

ERC calls 2021 

Please note that the below deadlines are preliminary! 

Starting Grants: 9 March
Consolidator Grants: 20 April
Advanced Grants: 31 August
Proof of Concept: 16 March, 17 June and 20 October

Contact Research Services if you are planning to apply for an ERC grant.

MSCA calls 2021

New framework programme – Horizon Europe – in place from 1 January 2021.

Please contact Research Services for support

UK in Horizon 2020 - Situation after the UK ReferendumFor information and updates, consult the Universities UK webpage.

Swedish funding bodies

Contact the Swedish funding bodies working group for help and advice on project applications and nominations that require central management. 

MMW and MAW project applications including WASP-HS 

Lund university deadline for Letter of Intent: 11 January 2021, 9.00 am
External deadline: 1 April 2021 

Project applications to the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation (MAW) and the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation (MMW) are to be prioritised by the Vice-chancellor of Lund University. Both foundations are accepting proposals aimed at the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society (WASP-HS).

Research Services manages the internal LU process; please see our Management rules document for further information and time-plan. Please also see the call text of MMW and MAW respectively, and read more about WASP-HS here.

Questions? Please contact Johanna Mellgren, or Sara Naurin, 

Nominations to ÅForsk Knowledge Prize 

The Vice-chancellor of Lund University may nominate candidates to the ÅForsk foundations annual  Knowledge prize. The grant sum of 100 000 SEK is issued to a scholar for his or hers successful distribution of knowledge related to the foundations focus areas. These are: Infrastructure, sustainability, materials, products from renewable sources, energy, development of renewable processes, safety, and environment. 

The faculties send their nominations to Research Services no later than 8 January at 09:00. The nomination shall contain 1 brief motivation letter (max 1 A4) and the researcher’s CV.   

Read more about the Knowledge prize

The Swedish Research Council: 35 calls in the pipeline for 2021!

Many of the calls are recurrent, e.g. the international postdoc grant, but some changes have been made. Some calls are being issued for the first time, for example a call for multisectoral graduate schools in development research, and a grant for investment in existing research infrastructure.

All upcoming calls are available here 

Additional info, events and seminars

New project in the U21 network

New project in the U21 (Universitas 21) network: Develop digital tools to benefit and prioritize emotional well-being amongst PhD students and young researchers.

Further information (in Swedish) on Research Services blog
Read more about U21 

EUA-FAIRsFAIR webinar: Building FAIR data policies and services within universities

Universities and researchers across Europe are increasingly expected to manage research data according to the FAIR principles, most notably through Horizon Europe. Therefore, research data policies, support services, processes and infrastructure at higher education institutions need to be ready for FAIR data.

EUA and the FAIRsFAIR project partners invite you to the webinar “Building FAIR data policies and services within universities” on Tuesday, 8 December at 14.00-15.00 CET. Participation is free of charge and open to all interested in the topic. Sign up here!
Apply for Lund University & Sparbanken Skåne's Future Innovations Prize 2021

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More valuable links on the Staff Pages
Swedish and Nordic research funding from A-Ö (in Swedish)
EU-funded research programs and other international funding agencies
Funding for postdocs and scientific conferences

Faculty funding information

Stay up to date with the help of LU faculties’ own information on funding

Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Humanities and Theology
Faculty of Science
School of Economics and Management
Faculty of Engineering LTH
Faculty of Medicine

Travel and research grants at Lund University

Larger government & private funding bodies

Below follow links to Swedish government funding bodies, private foundations and collecting societies, and public foundations, that annually issues research grants within their allocated function or field of interest. Regularly visit their websites to get the latest on open and upcoming calls.  

Government funding bodies

Swedish Research Council
Sweden’s largest governmental research funding body, and supports research of the highest quality within all scientific fields.

Formas is a government research council for sustainable development. Areas of activity include the environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning. 

Forte is a research council and a government agency under the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, funding research within three main fields: health, working life and welfare.

Vinnova is Sweden's government agency for innovation, contributing to sustainable growth by improving the conditions for innovation. 

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (Myndigheten för Samhällsskydd och beredskap)
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket)
Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten)
Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket)
Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten)

Private Foundations & Collecting Societies

The Wallenberg Foundations
Consists of public and private foundations formed by the Wallenberg family or established in memory of family members. The Foundations grant funding to excellent researchers and research projects beneficial to Sweden.

Ragnar Söderberg Foundation
The Foundation prioritizes research focused on medicine, economy and law. Funding is granted younger researchers that has already demonstrated high academic skill and novel ideas. 

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
RJ supports research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

The Swedish Cancer Society (Cancerfonden)
One of the largest financiers of cancer research in Sweden. Funding of research projects, care development projects, courses and collaborations, scientific meeting attendance, etc. 

The Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation
The fund supports numerous fields of research connected to myocardial infarction, heart failure, vascular spasms, genetic heart defects, stroke, asthma, COPD and emphysema, among others.

The Swedish Brain Foundation (Hjärnfonden) 
Supports research and distribute information about the brain and its diseases, injuries and disabilities. The foundation awards scholarships and grants to researchers and research groups to enable or enhance important research. 

Public Foundations

The Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen)
The knowledge foundation funds research and competence development at Sweden’s university colleges and new universities with the purpose of strengthening Sweden’s competitiveness.

Mistra invests in research aimed at solving key environmental problems and promoting Sweden’s future competitiveness. 

Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research
Funds research in science, engineering and medicine. Research group and individual grants, graduate school grants and grants to promote greater mobility.

The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) invests in internationalisation projects proposed by researchers, educators and leaderships at Swedish universities.

Highlighted calls & fellowships

A selection, sorted by deadline. 
Please also visit Research Professional for the latest opportunities

Opportunities with Östersjöstiftelsen

Östersjöstiftelsen, The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, funds research, doctoral studies and scientific infrastructure. Note that some connection (grant management, collaborating researcher, etc.) to Södertörn University is necessary (type of connection varies with call). Funding is annonced for 

Research Networks: Creating new networks of researchers or maintaining ones that are already established. The project period is a maximum of one year and the amount of grant is a maximum of SEK 150,000. 

Grand projects are those undertaken by a group comprising at least four researchers, with a joint, coherent research task. The project period is four to five years and the amount of grant is a maximum of SEK 5 million a year.

Postdoctoral projects: Salary funding for postdoctoral projects may be applied for to cover 80–100% of a full-time annual position for two years. Open to researchers at higher education institutions both in and outside Sweden. 

Two- and three-year projects: Eligible to apply is an individual researcher or small group of researchers. The project period is two or three years and the amount of grant is a maximum of SEK 2 million a year. 

Deadline: 11 January 2021 
Further information

Coming soon! 
SciLifeLab Call for proposals: Covid-19 pandemic research and preparedness

SciLifeLab is soon opening five calls for proposals on COVID-19 research; two that represent the continuation of the ongoing KAW-supported SciLifeLab coordinated COVID-19 research program initiated in the spring of 2020; one that is targeting effects of vaccination; one focused on suggestions for ideas on pandemic preparedness; and one on suggestions for data-driven research on COVID-19.

Further information

Nominees wanted!

Nominate potential recipients of the Konung Carl XVI Gustafs 50-årsfond for science, technology and environment! The scholarship shall primarily be issued younger researchers that are active in Sweden. Approximate scholarship sums are 85 000–100 000 kr. Please note that it is not allowed to nominate yourself. 

Deadline: 11 January
Further information (in Swedish)

Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies: Themes 2021–2022

Employees at Lund University are invited to apply for the opportunity to establish a Theme at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies during the period autumn semester 2021 – spring semester 2022.

The objective is to give researchers at Lund University the opportunity to develop new questions where researchers from different disciplines collaborate on a specific area within research. A Theme is therefore to revolve around a research issue, which best can be solved through knowledge from several disciplines in collaboration. A Theme usually requires participation of 8–10 researchers from several of the University’s faculties.

Deadline: 12 January 2021
Further information

Märta Lundqvist Foundation: projects on the human brain
The overall goal of the Märta Lundqvist foundation is to benefit research on the human brain, especially via patient-related and clinically focused research. Applicant must have defended their PhD thesis after 1 January 2016. Application may be in Swedish or English. 

Deadline: 13 January 2021
Further information

SWEA International: Intercultural relations scholarship

A scholarship of USD 10.000 is to be granted a highly merited Master- or Doctoral student active within areas concerned with intercultural relations. The applicant must have a bachelor degree at a Swedish university, and must have established contact with an external university, via either admission or invitation. The application may be submitted in Swedish or English.

Deadline: 15 January 2021 
Further information (in Swedish)

Anders Karitz Foundation: contributions to philosophical research

The purpose of the Anders Karitz Foundation is to support philosophical research, preferably that which ties into other areas of science. Support is also provided popular scientific authorship. A total of c. 200 000 SEK may be granted across several different applications.  
Deadline: 15 January 2021
For further details and application form, please contact the foundation’s secretary: 
Jan Alsins, Hällbygatan 36 A, 752 28 Uppsala,

Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council (Handelsrådet) project funding

The Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council's overall aim is to strengthen the competitiveness of Swedish retail business and to create good conditions for employees. They now invites applications to their call “Research relevant for retail”. 

Applicants from a wide variety of research fields are welcomed. Preferably, the proposed project includes practical collaborations between academy and industry. The application is made in three-steps, were the first is a project idea outline.    

Deadline: 15 January 2021
Further information

The Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council also grants postdoctoral support and PhD student scholarships; these calls opens in February 2021.  

Programme opportunities with KK-siftelsen (Knowledge Foundation)

The Avans programme provides universities with the opportunity to develop research-based and business-relevant degree programmes at the master’s level. Deadline 21 January.

The NU programme is an opportunity for universities to develop and implement internationally competitive online courses. The aim is to contribute to the profiling and positioning of the universities strong teaching and research environments. Deadline 28 January.

The Synergy programme gives universities the opportunity to funding for a reaserch project in which several subprojects together address a well-defined core question of relevanece also for the business sector. A Synergy programme may require the expertise from different scientific areas in order to contribute to a research front. Deadline 27 January.

The Research Profiles programme provides universities with the opportunity to further develop an identified, strategically important area of research with good potential to become internationally prominent. Deadline 22 January.

Further information  

Opportunities with RJ

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) is an independent foundation with the goal of promoting and supporting research in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

RJ Programmes are joint, well-integrated research assignments in the social sciences and humanities carried out over relatively long periods by groups of merited researchers connected with Sweden.

RJ Projects are well-defined research assignments in the social sciences and humanities carried out by groups of individual researchers and by small research groups with connections to Sweden.

RJ Infrastructure for Research comprises initiatives aimed at making possible and promoting future research in the social sciences and humanities.

Deadline (all the above): 27 January 2021
Further information

Mistra: Societal Transformations for Climate Action

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) invites research groups, jointly with civil society organizations, the public sector and other stakeholders, to submit proposals for a new research programme. The purpose of the call is to facilitate societal transformation for climate action through research and innovation.

Deadline: 29 January 2021
Further information

The Foundation Blanceflor Boncompagni Ludovisi, née Bildt

The purpose of The Foundation Blanceflor Boncompagni Ludovisi, née Bildt, is to promote scientific research and education by granting individual scholarships to persons with doctor´s degree and younger doctors of Italian or Swedish citizenship and normally not older than 33 years of age. The Foundation annually grants a total of 2–3 million SEK in individual scholarships ranging from 50.000 to 170.000 SEK.

Studies and research are to be carried out abroad in one or several of Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, UK or USA. Research areas in question are physics, chemistry, odontology, medicine-, engineering-, and computer science, geophysics and geochemistry, astrophysics, and areas in the proximities of these.

Deadline: 1 February 2021
Further information

Opportunities with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

JSPS provides various fellowship programs for research in Japan. 

  • Summer program – pre/post-doctoral researchers from Sweden. Deadline 29 January 2021
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships Short Program – pre/post-doctoral researchers. Deadline 31 January 2021
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships Standard Program – Deadline 31 January 2021
  • BRIDGE Fellowship – member of JSPS Alumni Club in Sweden (SAC), Finland (ACF), Denmark (ACD) or Norway (ACN). Deadline 10 January
  • Invitational Fellowship Short-term – Mid-career and professor level researchers. Deadline 7 May 2021
  • Invitational Fellowship Long-term – Mid-career and professor level researchers. Next call tbc. 

Further information

Sven and Dagmar Salén Foundation: Humanities scholarship

The Sven and Dagmar Salén Foundation invites applications to their full-year scholarship intended to support a research stay (humanities research) at a foreign European university. The applicant must have defended their doctoral thesis no later than 2018, and be under the age of 40 years old. The scholarship is worth 300 000 SEK for 12 months (minimum amount of time for a stay is 10 months). 

Deadline: 30 January 2021
Further information (in Swedish)  

The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies: annual grants

The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies (Östersjöstiftelsen) annually funds 

  • 2- and 3 year projects
  • post doc projects
  • grand projects 
  • research networks

Researchers are free to formulate their own research questions; however, it needs to be relevant to the Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe.

Deadline 2021 (all above annual calls): 3 February kl. 15.00
Further information

Upcoming opportunities with the Swedish Research Council (VR)

Individual grants

  • Grant for clinical studies within therapy research - outline application (16 February 2021)
  • Distinguished professor grant (16 February 2021)
  • International Post doc (16 February 2021)

Organisational grants

  • Grant for investment in existing research infrastructure (16 February 2021)
  • Olof Palme visiting professorship (16 February 2021)
  •  Kerstin Hesselgren visiting professorship (16 February 2021)
  • Tage Erlander visiting professorship (16 February 2021)
  • Doctoral programme grant for teacher educators (23 February 2021)
  • Doctoral programme grant within educational sciences (23 February 2021)

Further information

Stias Fellowships

STIAS is a leading, independent Institute for Advanced Study, the first of its kind in Africa and now a member of the Consortium of top ten Some Institutes for Advanced Study (SIAS) that include the Swedish Collegium. STIAS seeks to advance scholarship across all disciplines. 

STIAS offers various fellowships and scholarships and provides a uniquely supportive space for thinking, reading, debating and writing in its state-of-the-art research centre in Stellenbosch. 

Individual FellowshipJoin a cohort of leading thinkers in a creative space for the mind.
Team FellowshipBring your collaboration to a larger cohort of leading thinkers
Iso Lomso Fellowship (younger researchers)Be part of a cohort of Africa’s brightest upcoming researchers.

Deadline: 15 February
Further information

Opportunities at CERN

Apart from being one of the world’s largest and leading research facilities, CERN offers a wide range of educational programmes and open positions. This includes for example

for professionals

  • Staff positions
  • Scientific associateships
  • Corresponding associateships

for those with a masters- or doctoral degree

  • Technician Training Experience
  • Junior Fellowship Programme
  • Senior Fellowship Programme
  • Senior Research Fellowship Programme

Plus a range of longer or shorter programmes aimed at students/doctoral students! 
Have a look at 

Nordic call in Humanities and Social Sciences: societal challenges of the future

Together with Finnish foundations, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond offers the new research programme Future Nordic challenges – man, culture and society. Suggested projects shall concern the grand societal challenges, and the research shall be focused on Nordic conditions, where a minimum of two Nordic counties must be included. This Nordic perspective does not however exclude taking a global perspective, quite the opposite, this is often necessary. The funders wishes to stimulate and create opportunities for new collaborations across borders and research fields. 

A maximum of 1 million Euro can be applied for, across a maximum of four years. Five to ten projects will be financed. 

Deadline: 15 February 2021
Further information

Letterstedtska föreningen 2021

The Letterstedtska association promotes collaboration between the five Nordic countries in the areas of science, art and industry. In 2021, funding will be granted twice. Applications concerning the below purposes are welcomed. Grant sums range between 10.000-50.000 SEK.

  • The organisation of Nordic conferences and seminars.
  • Welcoming foreign guest researchers, or organising excursions for groups. 
  • Printing, translating, publishing of scripts with a joint Nordic interest
  • Scientific, comparative studies of joint Nordic interest
  • Purchasing literature or office supplies to Nordic institutions 

The Letterstedtska association does not use application forms; instead, applications shall be freely formulated.  

Deadline: 15 February 2021, 15 September 2021
Further information (in Swedish)

SiS annual call

SiS funds research via an annual grant call. Funded research shall primarily be concerned with the activities conducted at SiS: planning and management of the special childcare units and the LVM-homes. Applications focusing on custodial care and treatment are particularly welcomed, especially projects involving aspects of substance abuse and mental unhealth. Apart from outcome studies, SiS are furthermore interested in seeing research questions concerned with the organisational and collaborative aspects of custodial care. Project funding are granted for studies commencing 1 January 2022.

Deadline: 28 February 2021
Further information (in Swedish)  

Research funding from Försäkringskassan

Försäkringskassan (Sweden’s National Insurance Office) invites applications to their annual project funding call. Funding may be 1-3 years. This year, research areas of special interest are those that illuminates the individual and societal effects of the current pandemic, from a welfare- and social insurance perspective. Note that proposals not dealing with the pandemic are highly welcomes as well. Please see the call text for details. 

Deadline: 28 February 2021, 16.00
Further information

Funding to increase knowledge on the cultural heritage of the Swedish Church

Four strategic areas have been identified as in need of increased knowledge:  

  • Management of the cultural heritage
  • Conservation, crafts and material in the cultural heritage
  • Climate and environment necessary for long-term conservation of the cultural heritage
  • The making available and the usage of the cultural heritage

Deadline: 28 February 2021
Further information

SSF new call! Biotechnology and plant breeding: food, forage and forestry products

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) will grant 120 MSEK in research support, in order to increase Swedish self-supply and export of provisions and concurrently decrease the negative effects on climate. As part of this, four cross-disciplinary projects will be funded, within the fields of food/provisions, forage and forestry products. The research shall be considered cutting-edge, and of strategic interest for the Swedish society and industry.   
Grant sums will range between 4-7 MSEK per year across 5 years.

Deadline: 16 March 2021 kl 14:00
Further information

SSMF Large Grant: Start-up grants for young researchers

The Swedish Society for Medical Research (Svenska Sällskapet för Medicinsk Forskning, SSMF) announces a four-year start-up grant to support young researchers working full-time or half-time, half-time grants being intended for clinically-active researchers, as well as a grant to cover operating expenses. 

  • The start-up support is awarded for two years, with a two-year extension subject to approval of a scientific report.
  • The objective is to offer promising young scientists an opportunity to establish themselves as independent researchers.
  • The support is aimed at PhDs with post-doctoral qualifications.
  • Full-time positions may be combined with a part-time occupation (maximum 20%), such as clinical practice.

The grant includes funds for salary for employment as a researcher or equivalent.   For full-time employment, the amount is SEK 800,000 per year.  

Deadline: 15 April 2021
Further information 

Running calls & fellowships

COST Action proposal

The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) is a funding organisation for the creation of international research networks, called COST Actions

COST funding intends to complement national research funds, as they are exclusively dedicated to cover collaboration activities, such as workshops, conferences, working group meetings, training schools, short-term scientific missions, and dissemination and communication activities.

A COST Action proposal can be submitted at any time of the year. Proposals are collected up to twice a year. 

Further information

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond: Grants for Research Initiation

These grants may be applied for at any time during the year. Funding decisions are taken at intervals of about 2-4 times each semester.
Further information

STINT Initiation Grants 2020

The purpose of STINT’s activity is to strengthen the competitiveness of Swedish universities and colleges through the development of international relationships. Initiation grants are given for the implementation of short-term projects targeting the building of new and strategically interesting international relationships.

Applications may be submitted continuously throughout the year. Application dates for 2021 are not yet published. 

Further information and Complete call text

SSMF Travel grants for doctoral students

The Swedish Society for Medical Research (Svenska Sällskapet för Medicinsk Forskning, SSMF) awards travel grants to doctoral students pursuing preclinical and clinical medical research in Sweden.

Call is only open to registered doctoral students who have co-authored and published at least one peer-reviewed article. Travel may begin no earlier than one month after the application deadline.

Applications may be submitted electronically four times per year with deadlines 1 March, 1 June, 1 September and 1 December. The application system opens 2 weeks prior to the deadlines.

Further information

Opportunities with The Wenner-Gren Foundations

The Wenner-Gren Foundations (The Wenner-Gren Center Foundation for Scientific Research, The Axel Wenner-Gren Foundation for International Exchange of Scientists and The Foundation Wenner-Grenska Samfundet) support international scientific exchange. Several different scholarships are available: 

Wenner-Gren Fellows: 3 year post doc scholarships 
Next deadline: 31 January 2021. Further information (in Swedish)

Post doc scholarship, non-Swedish applicants, for 2-year stay in Sweden
Deadline: 1 October 2021. 

Guest researcher scholarships to facilitate non-Swedish senior researcher’s stay in Sweden 
Deadline: 1 October 2021 Further information (in Swedish)

Sabbatical scholarships to facilitate Swedish senior researcher’s stay at a university abroad.
Next deadline: 1 October 2021. Further information (in Swedish)

Travelling grants, for shorter stays abroad and active participation in international congresses, symposia, workshops and courses. 
Next deadline: 1 October 2021. Further information (in Swedish)

The Romanus Fund: Contributions to scientific research on the nature of inventing

Stiftelsen för Främjande av Uppfinnarverksamhet (SfU) is financing research on the nature of inventing and the various working phases that forms part of an invention’s development from idea to product. Applications accepted around the year. 
Further information (in Swedish)

Humbolt Scholarships for Post-Doctoral Training on Sustainable Development in Germany (all areas)

A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows you to carry out long-term research (6-24 months) in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research. Researchers from outside Germany at the beginning of their academic career with a completed doctorate in the last four years may apply.

Deadline: anytime
Further information

The Marcus Wallenberg Prize

The Prize is awarded to recognize, encourage and stimulate path-breaking scientific achievements which contribute significantly to broader knowledge and/or technical development within all subjects relevant to the forest-based sector all over the world. Nominations of candidates are accepted via an internet-form or by e-mail or mail, at any time of the year, and are considered by the Marcus Wallenberg Prize Selection Committee in a continuous process.
Further information

Further LU support

LU Innovation’s funding assistance 

LU Innovation has various ways in which it can help fund research-based commercialization projects. For further information, please visit the website.

Legal Division

Many research projects are funded through grants or in some other way by an external party, such as another authority or a company. A contract is signed between the university and the external party as regards the terms of the funding (e.g. use of the funds, publication, rights to the results, liability, project organisation and management, etc.). Contact the Legal Division for e.g. legal advice, help with the evaluation of terms and the drafting of agreements, and support during negotiations. Further information and contact

Development Office

With the help of donations, we can can fund more research, education and other activities. Do you have contact with potential donors, or would like to discuss the possibility of donations to your particular research? Please contact the Development Office for further information.

Research ethics information

The website provides information on ethical guidelines and laws affecting the research process. The information is based on Swedish law and on regulations at Lund University. As an employee of Lund University, you also have access to research ethics support. Address any questions or queries to for advice and answers or to set up a meeting.

Lund University Libraries (LUB)

LUB is a university-wide network of libraries situated in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg. The University Library's research communications office works to support the various stages of the research publication process.   

Beware of ‘open access’ scam!

See list of grey zone OA publishing houses

LU funding for the article processing cost in open access journals

Lund University support authors publishing in OA journals (PLoS, BioMed Central, Hindawi etc) by covering 50 % of the article processing charge.
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