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Research Funding News 2

April 2021 

We missed Easter

The plan was clear. The second issue of 2021 just had to be published right before Easter. How else could we get away with writing a long essay, strongly insinuating that it is actually the Easter Bunny who brings you research funding.

Unfortunately, the Easter Witch made time fly away. So, no yellow feathers, no eggs, no pictures of research support staff in face paint, headscarfs and aprons… just a plain Research Funding News. Packed with info, as always! 

Have a lovely spring/
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International evaluation shows that Lund University holds highest class! 
(Ps. Clicking on the image will take you straight to the report!)

For two years, all research at Lund University has been evaluated in a total of 162 units in the Research Quality Evaluation Project 2020, RQ20. More than 4,700 employees have been involved in the RQ20 evaluation and 37 external panels with 220 advisors from around the world. Together, they have discussed and evaluated the University's long-term capacity to strengthen its position as one of the world's top universities.

Organization and governance, collaboration, the relationship between research and education, recruitment and funding strategies are things that have received special focus in the work because they are factors that are considered to have a major impact on research quality.
The evaluation shows that Lund University has many assets and that its good international reputation is well deserved. In particular, the collegial spirit, the flexible leadership, the strategic research areas and the research infrastructures are highlighted as the University's real strengths.

Further information
Apply for a Theme at the Pufendorf IAS

Researchers at Lund University are now invited to apply for the opportunity to establish a Theme at the Pufendorf Institute starting in the spring of 2022. The application must be received by the institute no later than September 14th, 2021. Note that the regular autumn call will be made in September.

Call for applications
The Sound Environment Centre - Call for applications

The Sound Environment Centre grants incentive funding to support researchers and employees at Lund University in broadening their knowledge in the field of sound and sound environment research. 

Deadline for applications is 26 April 2021
Further information
MECW project proposal and application of CMES writing retreat

The Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies supports research projects with high scientific potential through the Strategic Research Area (SRA): Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW). Researchers at Lund University are invited to apply to the below calls. Deadline is 30 April 2021.  

Project proposals
CMES writing retreat 
Knowledge for Sustainable Development - Lund University Research conference

Lund University invites to its first official research conference on sustainable development, organised by the Research Board in collaboration with Sustainability Forum. This conference, part of the Sustainability Week 2021, is aimed at all researchers at Lund University who want to increase their knowledge about the challenges that lie ahead, learn how their research can contribute to change, and strengthen their contacts with researchers from other disciplines. 

When: 4 May 2021, 9-16:30
Where: Online
Further information
Lunch webinar: Academic Freedom Index

As part of: Scholars at Risk and Academic Freedom – a webinar series

14 April at 12:00-13:00
Link to registration

The Academic Freedom Index is the first conceptually thorough assessment of academic freedom worldwide and part of a large data collection at the V-Dem Institute (University of Gothenburg). The first index was presented in 2020. New data on 175 countries and territories was published in March this year, together with policy recommendations by experts at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) and the Scholars at Risk Network.

Further information
Call for applications for university-wide funding 

Interdisciplinary projects focusing on Agenda 2030 and sustainable development

Lund University is allocating up to SEK100 million to a university-wide initiative for excellence at Lund University focusing on Agenda 2030 and sustainable development. One part of this sum is to be used for a new investment in doctoral studentships in the Agenda 2030 graduate school and the other part for a university-wide call for applications for postdoc fellowships in interdisciplinary projects.

Deadline: 7 May 2021
Further information (incl. call text and link to padlet for matchmaking with other researchers)
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The Benefits of the EURAXESS Portal for Researchers

A recording of the webinar about the EURAXESS portal, a resource to finding jobs, fellowships and hosting opportunities. In the portal you will also find practical information on living and working as a researcher in Europe, as well as tools for career development. 
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Horizon Europe

Research Services helps you find calls for proposals, and provide support and advice during the application phase, the project budgeting, and the reporting. Register to our thematic email lists. The LU PIC code is 999901318 and the legal name is Lunds universitet.  
ERC Advanced Grants workshop

Research Services invites you to a Advanced Grants workshop, 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. 

Date and time: 22 April 2021, 9.00-12.30
Email Teresia Rindefjäll ( if you have not registered and want to participate.

Deadline for ERC Advanced Grants call 2021: 31 August 2021
Further information about Advanced Grants
How to write a successful proposal for Horizon Europe

European Commission: Invitation to a webinar on how to write “A successful proposal for Horizon Europe: Scientific-technical excellence is key, but don’t forget the other aspects"

The webinar will present: Key Impact Pathways, Open Science, Gender, Dissemination och Communication, Do-no-significant-harm-principle. 

See the agenda and register at the EU Commission webpage
Matchmaking event on Horizon Europe (19-20 May and 26-27 May)

If you are interested in finding partners outside academia for your EU-proposal, please take this opportunity to participate in this matchmaking events!

This specific event is dedicated to the fields of Cluster 5 and 6, in other words, Climate, Energy and Mobility respectively Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment.
Further information
SSF + Horizon Europe = True

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) aim to help scientists in the work of applying for Horizon Europe grants. Qualified to apply are applicants that have current SSF project funding or have closed such projects after January 2018. 

Deadline: 17 May 2021
Further information
MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships workshop 18 and 20 May (two parts)

The workshop consists of two webinars and is intended for fellows who plan to apply with Lund University as host and already have a project idea and contact with a supervisor at LU. Supervisors are also welcome to participate. The workshop will be held in English via Zoom and is free of charge.

Date and time: 18 May (10-12) and 20 May (10-13.30)
Sign up here before 4 May 2021
Further information
MSCA Doctoral Networks (former ITN) workshop

June and September (three parts)

The workshop by Yellow Research consists of three webinars and is intended primarily for LU researchers who plan to coordinate a proposal in call 2021. LU researchers who will participate as partners can also register. The workshop will be held in English via Zoom and is free of charge.

Date and time: 14 June (13.00-15.30) and 16 June (13.00-15.30), and a follow-up webinar in September
Sign up here before 25 May 2021
Further information
Current Horizon Europe issues
Please contact Research Services if you are planning to apply for an ERC or MSCA grant.

ERC calls 2021 (preliminary deadlines)
Starting Grant (2 – 7 years post-PhD). Deadline: 8 March 2021.
Consolidator Grant (7 – 12 years post-PhD). Deadline: 20 April 2021.
Advanced Grant (established researchers). Deadline: 31 August 2021, call opens 20 May.

Synergy Grants will not be available under this work programme. Nonetheless, the ERC Scientific Council is expecting to be able to open the first Synergy Grant call of Horizon Europe this summer, with funding to be provided under the next work programme.

Similarly, the Proof of Concept Grants are not available under this work programme, but a call is expected to open in the second half of this year under the next work programme.

MSCA calls 2021 (preliminary deadlines)
Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF): Deadline: 15 September 2021, call expected to open 18 May 2021.
Doctoral Networks (DN). Deadline 16 November 2021, call expected to open 18 May 2021.
Staff Exchanges (SE). Deadline 9 March 2022, call expected to open 7 October 2021.
COFUND. Deadline: 10 February 2022, call expected to open 11 October 2021.

Preliminary ERC deadlines for 2022
The ERC has released preliminary deadlines for their 2022 calls. Please note that all of these deadlines are preliminary, and subject to change with the release of the ERC 2022 Work Programme.

Synergy Grant 2022: 10/11/2021
Starting Grant 2022: 13/01/2022
Consolidator Grant 2022: 17/03/2022
Advanced Grant 2022: 28/04/2022
Information meeting about the research network COST

Are you interested in participating in international networking projects to use research resources more efficiently? Then sign up for Vinnova's digital information meeting about COST, European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

6 May 2021 at 10:00-12:00
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Vinnova Planning Grant: Swedish participation in Horizon Europe 

The call aims to allow Swedish actors to turn their project ideas into competitive applications. The projects are expected to contribute to the priority area of Sustainable Industry, e.g. Climate-neutral and circular production, Resource-efficient and resilient value chains, Global competitiveness and A socially sustainable industry. 

Further information

Swedish funding bodies

Research Services provide support on project applications and nominations that require central management. This includes most applications to the Wallenberg Foundations, as well as e.g. several programme nominations from a variety of funders. 
The Wallenberg Foundations: calls on archaeology & art history
Marcus & Amalia Wallenberg Foundation – Program for art history and archeology 
Berit Wallenberg Foundation – Larger research projects within archeology or art history (note: application preferably in Swedish)

Considering applying to the above foundations? Please note that applications need first to be prioritized on faculty level and ultimately accompanied by a Vice-chancellor’s letter of endorsement. 

Management Rules including the time plan for the LU internal process can be found on the Staff Pages. Deadline for letter of intent is Direct links to the documents: Both calls opens 1 May and closes 1 June 2020. Questions? Please direct these to Johanna Mellgren (  
Please note that the following calls with the Berit Wallenberg Foundation does not require central management (i.e. no Vice-chancellor's support letter and no involvement from Research Services):

Berit Wallenberg PhD positions (In Swedish) - funding for doctoral positions in art and cultural history, with a focus on archeology or art history, at Swedish universities.

Smaller research projects (In Swedish) - grants for smaller research projects within archeology or art history. 

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Sweden's larger government and private funding bodies

In our blog, we have listed and provided links to the main government & private funding bodies in Sweden. Please visit these on a regular basis. We also recommend subscribing to their newsletters when offered, to ensure you do not miss any opportunities.

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

Staff Pages

Travel and research grants at Lund University: Next application period is 22 January - 11 February 2021

List of other Swedish and Nordic research funders from A to Ö (in Swedish)
List of EU-funded research programmes and other international research funders 
List of funders of post-docs and academic conferences

In each edition of this newletter, we highlight a number of calls across all subject fields (see below).      

Highlighted calls & fellowships

A selection, sorted by deadline. 
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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 
(PhD) Opportunities with the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority 

A number of research funding opportunities are now open, and we would especially like to highlight the PhD project funding available, which includes funding for e.g. research on severe nuclear conk-outs, research on radiation biology, research on radioecology, and more. 

Further information (in Swedish)
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.

Deadlines: 1 March, 1 June, 1 September and 1 December. The application system opens 2 weeks prior to the deadlines.
Further information
Nominate to the Marcus Wallenberg Prize

The Board of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation and its Selection Committee invite individuals and institutions, globally, to nominate candidates for the Marcus Wallenberg Prize, between 1 February and 31 May each year. 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. 

Further information
Pentti Malaska Futures Award

Research-based, visionary solutions for global challenges

University of Turku grants a €30,000 Pentti Malaska Futures Award for a visionary, boundary-crossing, research-based solution that supports the building of more sustainable global futures. 

The main criteria for the innovations participating in the competition are the following:
  • sustainable mindset
  • visionary thinking 
  • academia-business collaboration
  • boundary-crossing approach in research and society
Deadline: 26 April 2021
Further information 
Opportunities with the Swedish Energy Agency

The Swedish Energy Agency supports research and development about the supply, conversion, distribution and use of energy. A number of calls are now open, for example

Research and Innovation in support of a sustainable wind power expansion

The Swedish Energy Agency supports research and development about the supply, conversion, distribution and use of energy. Funding is now available for projects concerning new solutions and new knowledge in sustainable wind power expansion in Sweden. Two categories are available: 
  • The development of new solutions that can be commercialized and/or may be applied in the society (A)
  • The building of knowledge and competence amongst the concerned actors (B)
Deadline, application outline (A): 22 April 2021
Deadline: 26 April 2021
Further information (in Swedish)

Energy efficiency in lighting systems

Projects proposals concerned with energy- and resource-effective lighting systems are invited, especially proposals where different groups of actors will be collaborating (e.g. university + company), projects concerned with specific needs, and new knowledge and methods development. 

Deadline: 29 April 2021
Further information (in Swedish)
Opportunities with the Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society

The Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society aims to support Scandinavian researchers within the plant sciences. The society is offering a variety of grants with different purpose and for different career stages, e.g. travel grants, event grants, open grants and career development grants. 

Further information 
The Fulbright Hildeman Fellowship

Promoting Scandinavian studies in the U.S.

The primary objectives of the Hildeman Fellowship are to encourage students and faculty in Scandinavian studies, to strengthen contacts between Swedish and American academics and to increase the interest in Sweden and Swedish area studies on the part of American students and scholars in a variety of fields. For academic year 2021-22, the University of California, Berkeley will host the Hildeman Fellow with a focus on immigration, multiculturalism and diversity.

Deadline: 26 April 2021
Further information
Swedish Retail and Wholesale council: Postdoctoral scholarship in trade

The council invites nominations to their post-doc scholarship. The funded research shall be applicable to trade businesses and/or employees, or to the industry as a whole, and come to practical use in a near future. Grant sum is 2 MSEK. 

Deadline: 28 April
Further information
Current openings with the Swedish Cancer Society

The following calls are now open for applications:
  • Research project: finances research that can lead to improved understanding of cancer diseases, prevention, earlier diagnosis and effective treatment.  
  • Planning team grant: intended to bring together researchers working on similar methodological and subject-matter areas to increase collaboration. 29 April 2021
  • Research months: intended to provide researchers on clinical positions to set aside time for research. 
Deadline: 29 April 2021
Further information (in Swedish)
Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program for postdocs at the Collegium Helveticum, Zurich

Currently, a call is open for early-career researchers working in any academic or artistic discipline at postdoc or equivalent level (for artists) who would like to collaborate and exchange ideas across disciplinary boundaries. Eight scholars and artists are being sought for ten months starting on 1 September 2021.

Deadline 30 April 2021
Further information 
Länsförsäkringar Research projects 

– regarding the housing market in the age of urbanisation

This theme is focused on knowledge on locally adapted solutions for Sweden’s dysfunctional housing market. Cross-disciplinary projects that contribute to evidence-based decision-making and provide lessons for the future will be prioritised.  

Deadline: 30 April 2021
Further information (in Swedish)
Make Our Planet Great Again: visiting fellowship for young researchers 

The French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the French Ministry of Higher Education for Research and Innovation have launched a visiting fellowship programme for young researchers, who have obtained their doctoral degree less than five years prior to the application and who wish to carry out their research in France in line with a “One Health” approach.

Deadline: 3 May 2021
Further information
Competence support in nuclear engineering

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority make available research funding of maximum 3 MSEK across 3 years for projects focusing on reactor physics, termohydraulics, or nuclear data. The main applicant must represent their own research group. 

Deadline: 5 May 2021
Further information (in Swedish)
RJ Sabbatical 2021

The call concern funding to established lecturers and professors in the humanities and social sciences, to fulfil a sustained research period of 6-12 months, with a minimum of 1 month spent abroad. The purpose is to complete well advanced research projects or extensive written works considered of high scientific potential, and to strengthen international contacts. 

Deadline: 5 May 2021
Further information (in Swedish)
KLSA project call

The Royal Swedish Agricultural Academy’s research fund promotes research projects that lifts the green industry’s position in the society. 

Deadline: 5 May 2021
Further information (in Swedish)
Architecture scholarships with the Helgo Zettervall Foundation

The foundation aims to promote the development of Swedish architecture. This by granting scholarships for educational-, research-, and development projects. The Helgo Prize is issued every fourth year, and the prize sum of 150 000 SEK makes it the largest architecture prize in Sweden. 

Deadline for 2021 scholarships is 10 May 2021
Further information (in Swedish)
Funding to study the civil society

The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society invites researchers to apply for funding to study the civil society. Projects may be 1 or 2 years. See the call page for info on prioritized research areas, formal demands and framing of the application (in Swedish). 

Deadline: 16 May 2021
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
Opportunities with the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation

The Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation supports clinically focused research as well as investigations focused on prevention within the areas of cardiac, vascular and pulmonary disease and tuberculosis. 

Upcoming deadlines:

Project grant (18 May)
Research fellowship (18 May)
Monthly research stipends (18 May)
Project call prevention (23 November)

Further information (in Swedish) 
Industry doctoral student programme (SSF)

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research invites applications for its industry doctoral student programme. This supports doctoral students’ research and postgraduate studies within the fields of information, communication and systems technologies (ICT), life sciences and materials research in collaboration between academia and industry.

Deadline: 25 May 2021
Further information
Ollie and Elof Ericssons Foundation: Medicine, Technology and Economics

Ollie and Elof Ericssons Foundation for Scientific Research invites applications for research funding. The foundation supports projects in Medicine, Technology and Economics. Qualified to apply are young and independent researchers  that has initiated the establishment of their own research group. 

Deadline: 31 May 2021
Further information
The Swedish Brain Foundation post-doctoral scholarship

The Swedish Brain Foundation supports research on diseases, damages and disabilities of the brain and the rest of the CNS, however research can also concern the healthy brain´s normal functions and development. The post doc scholarship is worth 300 000 SEK per year for two years, and is open to researchers with a Swedish PhD degree. 

Deadline: 7 June 2021
Further information (in Swedish)
Polyarthritis research projects

The Anna-Greta och Holger Crafoord Foundation annually issues scholarships and research funding to individual researchers or institutions in Sweden. In 2021, funding will be granted research concerned with polyarthritis, within the filed “Autoimmune and autoinflammatory mechanisms in rheumatic diseases”. 

Deadline: 15 June 2021
Further information
Jeanssons Foundations – support for medical research

Each year Jeanssons Foundations issues research funding of around 4-7 MSEK, primarily to researchers having fulfilled their postdoctoral education, and are on their way establishing their own research group   
For 2021 start up grants, eligible applicants should have a position connected to a university or institute and have received a PhD year 2015 or later.

Deadline: 18 June 2021
Further information 
The Swedish Geotechnical Institute – The 2021 Tuffo call

The Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI) is an expert agency that works for a safe, efficient and sustainable development and sustainable use of land and natural resources. 

SGI:s Tuffo program aims to produce new knowledge that will contribute to an increased pace in the remediation of contaminated sites in Sweden, and enable the fulfilment of the environmental quality objective "a non-toxic environment". 

The 2021 Tuffo call is now open, and this year’s focus is innovative solutions for contaminated areas. Applications and evaluation are made in a two-stage process, where Stage 1 includes idea outlines and Stage 2 comprises full applications.

Deadline (stage 1): 23 September 2021 
Further information (in Swedish)

Tuffo information meeting! Interested in learning more about the call? One hour info meetings will be held 20/4 and 21/4 over Zoom. E-mail to sign up.

Tuffo matchmaking meeting! To help meet the challenge of finding collaborators, Tuffo annually arrange a meeting for those who are interested. This year the meeting is planned for 2 June 2021.  

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Research Services have special responsibility for the following funders and programmes:
Swedish funding bodies such as the Wallenberg foundations
EU framework programme for research and innovation
American federal funding
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