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Research Funding News 4 2020

Dig in!

We are well into the autumn semester, and it feels like things are speeding up by the week! Thus, this into will be kept short and sweet so that you can scroll down and dig into the rest of the letter. 

Research Services blog
One thing: we would to make you aware that Research Services – apart from this newsletter – have our very own blog! In here, you find info on our events, calls that we manage, and other highlights that we feel might be of interest. Some of the content is still under construction, but we aim for it to be a go-to source for a closer introduction of us as a department. Have a look at: 

Warm wishes in an increasingly cold season,
Research Services

LU receives HR Excellence in Research!

Lund University has received EU’s acknowledgement, “HR Excellence in Research”. This means that LU fulfils many of the stringent EU requirements for a responsible and professional employer and will continue its work to support researchers’ career, professional development and working conditions.  LU has committed to implement the principles of “The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers (European Charter & Code).

Researchers, departments, and are encouraged to refer to the award in grant applications, in advertisements of research positions, on web pages and in other material for current and prospective research staff. The logo will shortly be available on the HRS4R blog.
Further information

Want to get in touch or just see what we do? You find us and our research funding activities on the Staff Pages, under the Research support tab! Also, check out our blog @

News: Horizon 2020

The EU's funding programme for research and innovation 2014-2020

Contact the EU team at Research Services for information and support in Horizon 2020.

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

Events for ERC Starting Grant applicants

Longer descriptions of the below events are available on Research Services blog
ERC Starting Grants workshop: Open to researchers who are planning to apply for an ERC Starting Grant (StG) with Lund University as their host institution. The workshop will be held in English via Zoom

Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2020, between 09:00 – 16:00.

Extra session and training camp for ERC Starting Grants: Apart from the ERC workshop on 13 October, Research Services will arrange two connected events with the aim of giving ERC StG applicants an extra boost in the 2021 call. You are welcome to register for these activities if you are planning to apply for an ERC Starting Grant in the 2021 call.

Dates: 22 October (kick-start your proposal writing, and receive feedback on your CV/Track Record) and week of January 18-22  (two-day training camp).  Please register here (for all events) by 9 October 2020.

Save the date: Consolidator Grant workshop, 24 November 2020

The workshop will provide you with an in-depth overview and practical information on the ERC Consolidator Grants scheme, as well as deeper understanding of the proposal format and the key issues relating to planning, writing and costing a proposal. Attendance is free of charge. The workshop will be held in English, and it will be possible to attend via Zoom.
Date: Tuesday 24 November 2020, between 9.00 - 12.30.
Further information on Research Services blog.

Interested in the coming EU framework program, Horizon Europe?

There are now several draft work programs out describing the coming topics for the calls coming out 2021-2022. Please don’t hesitate to contact Research Services for draft within your field and/or a discussion regarding how to plan for an application.

Further information and contact

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.

Input on Horizon Europe?

The EU commission are inviting comments and feedback on their forthcoming framework program, Horizon Europe (following on from H2020), both for the overall strategic plan, and also for their ‘missions’. Answer the questionnaire for the strategic plan and the different focus areas (clusters). 

The Pathfinder last open call under Horizon 2020

Do not miss the chance to participate! 

The FET Innovation LaunchPad provide funding to projects aiming to transform results from Pathfinder/FET funded projects into societal or economic innovations. A lump sum up to EUR 100.000 per project is available to support short actions focused on non-scientific aspects and on turning early-stage Pathfinder results into a genuine innovation with socio-economic impacts.

Deadline: 14th of October 2020
Further information

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, call deadlines are not known yet.

Please contact Research Services for support

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

News: Swedish funding bodies

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

Management rules 2021 MAW & MMW project applications (incl. WASP-HS)

The Lund University internal management rules for 2021 project applications to Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation (MAW) and the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation (MMW), including projects aimed at The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society (WASP-HS), are now published. 

MAW-MMW management rules 2021

These applications are to be prioritized by the vice-chancellor of Lund University (LU). If you are interested in applying, please read the management rules including the time plan carefully. Should you have any further questions, please contact Johanna Mellgren, or Sara Naurin, 

KAW project grants 2020!

We are happy to announce that three projects from Lund University will be supported by the Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation, following the 2020 project grant call. Congratulations to principal investigators

Sofia Feltzing, Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, with the project “Galactic Time Machine” 

Per Eng Johnsson, Department of Physic, with the project “Combining intense extreme ultraviolet and relativistic electron pulses”

Anders Hedenström, Department of Biology, with the project “Multilevel efficiency of bird flight: Generating vortices to travel the world”. 

Further information to be found @ and 

Postponed Wallenberg opportunities

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, the following opportunities with the Wallenberg foundations have been have been postponed:
  • The 2020 Marcus Wallenberg Prize and the Young Researchers’ Program
  • The Wallenberg Foundation scholarship program for postdoctoral studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Broad Institute
  • The Wallenberg Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore 
Cancelled: The 2021 KAW project grant is unfortunately cancelled. 

Additional info, events and seminars

Do you plan to apply for NIH-funding?

Save the Date: Fall 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration!

If you’re new to working with the NIH grants process as an investigator or administrator, then mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 26 – Friday, October 30  for a unique opportunity to learn, share and meet virtually with NIH and HHS experts. The NIH is offering a virtual seminar that you won’t want to miss!

Further information

Find funding via Research Professional

RESEARCH PROFESSIONAL is a database for funding opportunities
Single-handedly search for funding opportunities directly relevant to you! Set up your personalized account and create an Opportunities Alert to get email notifications on funding opportunities that match your research profile.

Website and login

To get help setting up a personal account, please contact your library support

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

The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters (Kungl. Vitterhetsakademien)

The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities (Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien) supports the humanities, religious studies, jurisprudence and social science disciplines and cultural heritage, primarily through financial support and academic publishing. 

Knowledge Frontiers Symposium, theme Natures, Cultures, Communities, in collaboration with The British Academy
Date and venue: 24–25 Februari 2021, Royal Swedish Academy of Letters in Stockholm
Target audience: Early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences

The symposium aims to incentivise and establish international engagement and collaboration between early career researchers from Sweden and the United Kingdom from a broad range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, encouraging the exchange of ideas across both disciplinary and national boundaries.

Deadline: 14 October 2020. Apply via the BA portal
Further information

Funding opportunities
The Academy assembles a number of calls, e.g. travelling grants, many of which are announced annually or even more frequently. Find out more here (in Swedish). 

Barndiabetesfonden (Children diabetes fund)
Children diabetes fund is granting a minimum of 20 million SEK to research in 2020. Proposals concerned with type-1 diabetes are especially welcomed.  
Deadline: 15 October 2020
Further information

Percy Falk Foundation: Prostate and breast cancer
Contributions from the Percy Falk Foundation shall benefit Swedish research and education on prostate cancer and breast cancer. Available funds for 2021 are 2 000 000 SEK.

Deadline: 2 November 2020

Läromedelsförfattarna: Copying scholarship

Authors of study course literature are welcomed to apply for contributions. In 2019 scholarships worth approximately 19 MSEK were distributed. The purpose is that as many authors as possible shall benefit from the reimbursements from schools and higher education institutions that copies teaching materials.

Deadline: 15 October 2020
Further information (in Swedish)

SSMF: New postdoctoral grant format

The Swedish Society for Medical Research (SSMF) offers a new and attractive three-year postdoctoral grant, intended to cover salary, and providing more time for research. This replaces the previous two-year scholarship format. Half-time employments are accepted for those who are clinically active. 

Deadline: 15 November 2020
Further information (in Swedish)

Scholarships with Stockholms Arbetareinstitutsförening

The Society economically supports activities that benefits the interest for and the knowledge about Swedish popular adult education and its history. 

Scholarships and contributions 2021: 

  • Anton Nyströms scholarship of 100 000 SEK. Deadline 16 november 2020
  • Södermalms Arbetareinstituts scholarships for research on Stockholm: 2 scholarships á 50 000 SEK. Deadline: 16 november 2020
  • Contributions to print and distribution of writings on Swedish popular adult education. Applications accepted year around.

Further information

Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowship 

The Azrieli Foundation is launching its revamped International Postdoctoral Fellowship for research at Israeli universities in STEM, Humanities and Social Sciences. This new program is aimed at bringing 24 outstanding postdoctoral students from Europe and Canada to Israel, each year. The value of the Fellowship is approximately € 47,000 (ILS 188,000) per year, including funds reserved for research and travel.  

Further information

SFF contribution to adjunct professor 

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) has allocated SEK 15 million for about 10 grants in an Adjunct Professorship program. This call is directed to highly-qualified individuals employed by Swedish industry, government agency or health care provider who seeks appointment as adjunct professor at a Swedish Higher Education Institution (HEI) for a period of 3-6 years to an extent of at least 20 percent. During the exchange period the Adjunct Professor shall conduct strategic research that meets the Foundations’ purpose.

Deadline: 27 November 2020, 14:00
Further information

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

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

Running calls & fellowships

STIAS Fellowships (all areas)

STIAS provides and maintains an independent ‘creative space for the mind’ to advance the cause of science and scholarship across all disciplines. It is global in its reach and local in its African roots, and values original thinking and innovation in this context. The idea is that distinguished researchers shall be given the opportunity to engage in undistracted research, achieved by a sustained (1-3 month or more) stay at STIAS. Admittance to the STIAS programme is either by invitation or by application. STIAS welcomes fellowship applications on a semester deadline basis. 

Applications by Swedish researchers will be considered within the framework of support provided by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, or in the case of applications related to STIAS Theme projects, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. 

Current round closes: 30 November 2020 (for 1st semester 2022)
Further information (incl. further links and application details)

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. Upcoming 2020 deadlines: 6 November (15:00).

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.
More information  

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