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April 2022 

Solar energy

It is well-recognized that heading out into the sunlight can be a proper mood-booster. So, whether you are annoyed that this crucial funding proposal will not write itself, or frustrated that one of the article reviewers refuses to see the brilliance of your research, remember:    

Lund – and Lund University – offers a wealth of bright and welcoming spots (and people!), so regardless of what tends to darken your day, put on some shades and try an ice-cream in the sun. Solar energy is not reserved just for plants and PV panels.

And speaking of a sustainable source of energy, it’s easy to leap to sustainable development: The university-wide funding programme on interdisciplinary projects focusing on Agenda 2030 and sustainable development has now been opened for a second round of applications! Further information just below. 

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Interdisciplinary projects focusing on Agenda 2030 and sustainable development
Lund University has set aside up to SEK 100 million for a university-wide investment in excellence at Lund University with a focus on Agenda 2030 and sustainable development for the period 2021-2025. Within the framework of this program, the Research Board has previously announced funding for interdisciplinary projects in the spring of 2021.
Funding for interdisciplinary projects are now announced for the second and final time. 

The application deadline is 25 November 2022 at 14.00. Faculties may have special instructions for applying for project funding. Please note that a revision regarding who may be co-applicant have been made: co-applicants must be employed on a permanent contract at Lund University or be associate senior lecturer at Lund University. 

Further information is available on the Staff Pages. Questions are answered by research liasion officer Tina Trollås, Research Services ( 
Formas open call – Research schools for sustainable planning and built environment

This call welcomes proposals for research schools with a clear interdisciplinary, practice-oriented, and challenge-driven focus. The call is part of the national research programme for sustainable spatial planning. 

Please note that the application procedure differ from Formas’ regular calls for research projects. In this call, the main applicant is an organisation, and you need organisational permissions to initiate and submit an application. In practice, this means that Research Services manages the applications.

The internal deadline for the call is 16 May at 9.00. Please contact for more information about the application process. Further information can be found here.
Research communication and the struggle for knowledge – talks at the Museum of Sketches

How can the university act to strengthen and safeguard a democratic society based on scientifically based knowledge?

On June 1, at 15.00–18.00, Lund University invites all interested to talks about the importance of communicating research at a time when many are competing for public attention in what can be described as a struggle for knowledge. 

Topics, program, participants and registration form (in Swedish) is found by clicking on the picture to the right!

The event is free of charge, however seats are limited. 
Funding for researchers from Ukraine

A list has been compiled containing funding opportunities available for Ukrainian researchers who want a research position in Sweden. The list is available on the Staff Pages and updated when there are more opportunities and there are more financiers who are about to release calls aimed at researchers in Ukraine. 
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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.  
Planning grants for collaborative proposals to Horizon Europe

Lund University (LU) offers a planning grant to LU-researchers who coordinate a collaborative proposal. Contact Karin Langborger ( at Research Services for further information.  

Further information is available on planning grants from Region Skåne (in Swedish). Please note that collaborative EIC Pathfinder applications are now also included as eligible for this planning grant.

Vinnova´s Preparatory project for international proposal in health and food (next application period deadline: 12 May, closing 20 October 2022).

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) invites coordinators and partners to apply for grants intended for planning Horizon Europe projects. The focus of the planned project must clearly fall within the area of civil protection and emergency preparedness. Further information is available on, in Swedish. 
Current Horizon Europe issues
Please contact Research Services if you are planning to apply for an ERC or MSCA grant.

MSCA calls 2022
Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF): Deadline: 14 September 2022, call opens 13 April 2022.
Doctoral Networks (DN). Deadline 15 November 2022, call opens 3 May 2022.
Staff Exchanges (SE). Deadline 8 March 2023, call opens 6 October 2022.
COFUND. Deadline: 9 February 2023, call opens 11 October 2022.

Indicative ERC deadlines for 2022
The ERC has confirmed indicative deadlines for their 2022 calls.

Proof of Concept 2022 (round 2) : 19/05/2022; 29/09/2022
Advanced Grant 2022: 28/04/2022

Deadlines for EIC Pathfinder Grant calls 2022
Pathfinder Open: 4 May 2022
Transition Open: 4 May 2022
Transition Challenges: 4 May 2022
Pathfinder Challenges: 19 October 2022*
*Shortlist of suggested EIC Pathfinder Challenges for 2022
  • “Carbon and Nitrogen management and valorisation”,
  • “Mid to long term and systems integrated energy storage”,
  • “Cardiogenomics”,
  • “Towards the Healthcare Continuum: technologies to support a radical shift from episodic to continuous healthcare”,
  • “Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering”,
  • “DNA-based digital data storage”, 
  • “Alternative approaches to Quantum Information Processing and Communication"

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. 
Wallenberg foundation’s archaeology and art history calls

Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Program for art history and archaeology
Berit Wallenberg Larger research projects

Please note that since these calls require a letter of support from the Vice-chancellor, Research Services manages the internal Lund University prioritisation process. If you are interested in applying, please read the management rules carefully, and contact if you have questions. 

For both these calls it is required that the PI must have a long-term connection to a Swedish academic institution. Also, the PI must have a Ph.D. in archeology, art history or other topic within cultural history with focus on research that concerns Swedish and Nordic material. Grant sums are max 2 MSEK. 

More about the calls:
Marcus & Amalia Wallenberg Program for art history and archaeology 
Berit Wallenberg Larger research projects (Swedish only)

Management rules can be found on the Staff Pages
KAW Program for mathematics - 2022 outcome and upcoming call

In order for Sweden to regain an international, cutting edge position in Mathematics, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, in cooperation with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, will support prominent researchers in Mathematics during 2014-2029. The program includes several parts:
  • Postdoctoral Scholarship Program in Mathematics for researchers with a Swedish doctors degree
  • Postdoctoral Scholarship Program in Mathematics for researchers from outside Sweden
  • Nomination of guest professors
Read more on the outcome of the 2021 call and successful candidates with LU. 

The next call opens 1 September and closes 5 October 2022. Note! Incoming candidates need a nomination letter signed by the Vice-chancellor. This process is managed by Research Services and starts in August. Please reach out to for further information.  
KAW project grant, coming up in 2024

Please note that the next announced KAW Research projects with high scientific potential has a deadline of 1 February 2024. Hence, it seems as there will be no call in 2023. Research Services have no further information on this decision. 

Want to know more about applying for the KAW project grant when based at Lund University? Please get in touch with or

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is a database for funding opportunities to which Lund University subscribes. Set up your personalized account and create an Opportunities Alert to get email notifications on funding opportunities that match your research profile. To get help setting up a personal account, please contact your library support or

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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. 
Please also visit
Research Professional for the latest opportunities
Consolidator grant (new) and Starting grant with SSMF 
Swedish Society for Medical Research

Consolidator Grant addresses researchers 7-12 year post dissertation. Grant period is 5 years; total amount is 11 MSEK. The grant may be used for all medicine research areas, and for basic- as well as applied research.  

Starting Grant (former SSMF Major Grant) is a 4-year grant aimed at younger academics who has fulfilled a post doc period and are ready to establish themselves as independent researchers with their own research group.
Deadline: 15 April 2022
Further information (in Swedish)
Research exchanges via the Swedish-French Foundation 

Since 1935, the Swedish-French Foundation has worked to promote contacts between Sweden and France by awarding scholarships for post-secondary studies and research exchanges in France. The foundation´s ambition is to increase the number of applications for research exchange and welcomes researchers to apply in the coming application round. The opportunity is open to Swedish citizens only. The maximum amount per application is SEK 200,000. 

Deadline: 15 April 2022
Further information (in Swedish) 
Vinnova: Mobility for innovation, learning and knowledge exchange

Vinnova invites applications for its mobility for innovation, learning and knowledge exchange call. This gives those active in research and innovation the opportunity to work in an organisation other than their current one. The mobility may be national or international.

Grants are worth up to SEK 500,000. The stay in the other organisation can be spread over a period of 18 months. Grants cover costs for salary, travel and subsistence.

Deadline (last day in application period): 20 April 2022, final application: 20 October 2022
Open call: Participation in international space science and earth observation space missions

The Swedish National Space Board invites proposals for participation in international space science and earth observation space missions. This enables Swedish researchers to participate in international research projects that may address Earth observation, astrophysics, the solar system, in-situ measurements, research taking advantage of the microgravity conditions in space. Projects may involve any research discipline that can utilise data acquired on space-based platforms.

The principal applicant must have a PhD and preferably be under 68 years of age. Applicants must be, or be eligible to become, affiliated with a Swedish university. 

Deadline: 20 April 2022
Further information  

Other opportunities with the same funder, e.g. Grants for space and Earth observation research with deadline 18 May, or Career support with deadline 20 May, are available here
FORMAS Annual open call – Research projects

Applications should be concerned with any of the three areas of FORMAS responsibility; environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning. Inter- and transdisciplinary research questions are welcome. To apply for a grant for a research project, the main applicant must have obtained a doctoral degree by the closing date of the call at the latest. 

FORMAS Annual open call – Early-career researchers

To apply for a grant for a research project for early career researchers, the main applicant must have obtained a doctoral degree (diploma issued) no earlier than January 1st 2014 and no later than December 31st 2020.

Deadline (both): 21 April 2022
Further information: Research projects and Early career researchers
The Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council: Post doc

The Swedish Trade Council wants to promote the competence development of Swedish trade research. The research funded by the Swedish Trade Council must be applicable to trade companies and employees and / or the industry as a whole, and be of practical use in the near future.

Postdoc funding can be applied for by someone who has defended their dissertation during the past 2 years, alternatively if the dissertation is planned to be completed no later than next June. The amount received (SEK 2,000,000) is intended to cover the applicant's salary costs (incl. LKP) for 24 months, and thereafter to cover costs for travel or other research-critical expenses.

Deadline: 28 April 2022
Further information (in Swedish)
Local sustainable security - Länsförsäkringar

Länsförsäkringar's Research Fund announces funding for research aimed at local sustainable security, with a focus on security challenges and community initiatives that will be needed for local security-creating work in the future. Interdisciplinary research projects that contribute to evidence-based decision-making and provide lessons for the future are given priority.

Deadline: 28 April 2022
Further information (in Swedish)
NOS-HS Exploratory workshop call 2022

The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NOS-HS) invites proposals for funding covering a series of Nordic exploratory workshops. The aim of the grant is to promote research collaboration and support the development of new research areas and programmes within the humanities and social sciences in the Nordic countries.The grant amount is minimum NOK 290 000 and maximum 430 000 for a period of 2 years.

Deadline: 28 April 2022 
Further information
Norrbacka-Eugenia Foundation: research on physical mobility impairment

In the field of research concerning persons with permanent physical mobility impairment, grants can be given to:
  • Research, which is innovative and conducted with high scientific quality, and in some cases for development work and experimental activities.
  • Research that improves the situation for the target group of children, adolescents and adults with permanent physical mobility impairments and interdisciplinary projects is especially welcomed.
Maximum grant sum is normally SEK 300 000 per year. 

Deadline: 30 April 2022
Further information (in Swedish)
Opportunities with NordForsk

Deadline 28 April 2022:
Call for proposals for The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NOS-HS)
. The primary objective of the call is to support the development of new researcher- and curiosity-driven research areas and programmes within the humanities and social sciences in the Nordic countries. 

Deadline 19 May 2022:
Call for proposals for the programme Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change.
Four thematic areas are available in the programme: 1) Plants adapted for future Nordic and Baltic conditions, 2) Increased local and regional protein production for food and feed, 3) Plants and soil as a carbon sink, 4) Transformation towards climate-smart and profitable local and regional agriculture. 

Deadline 8 June 2022: 
Societal Security Beyond COVID-19: 
Projects can address the medium to long-term effects for individuals and groups, for Nordic societies, and for the Nordic community, of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Societal Security and Antimicrobial Resistance: Projects can address the effects for individuals and groups, for Nordic societies, and for the Nordic community, of antimicrobial resistance. 

Further information
Nordic Energy Challenge 2022
with Nordic Energy Research

This year’s theme is Energy in the Arctic. The Arctic area has exceptional challenges and opportunities in connection with the green transition. In what ways should these challenges and opportunities be met? How will they pave the way for the Nordic vision? How can further Nordic energy cooperation facilitate the combination of high environmental ambitions and economic growth? And how can these ambitions obtain a broad and strong commitment from the public, business, industry, and civil society?

The best contribution will be awarded with an honorarium of 50,000 NOK, the second best with 20,000 NOK, and the third best with 10,000 NOK. 

Deadline: 1 May 2022
Further information
Nomination for the Sjöberg Prize 2023: cancer research

The Sjöberg Prize for cancer research is awarded to a scientist or a group of scientists who have made a fundamental discovery that is expected to advance our knowledge about disease mechanisms, prevention or treatment of cancer. It amounts to 1 million US dollars of which 1/10 is a personal award, with the remainder being used for research.The nominated scientist must presently conduct high-quality cancer research and be below 60 years of age. 

Deadline: 1 May 2022
Further information
Opportunities with the Swedish Cancer Society

Grants for research months are intended to provide the opportunity for researchers with clinical positions to set aside time for research. Remaining clinical activities must be min. 50% of full time. 

Planning Team Grant brings together researches/research groups working in similar areas, to increase collaboration. Funds are primarily intended for the implementation of planning meetings. 

Special initiative in radiation therapy research aims to stimulate research in radiation therapy. 

Fellowship in Cancer Research within prevention is aimed at promoting research in the field of primary and secondary prevention. 

There are also openings to apply for travelling grants, and grants for the arrangement of congresses/symposia. These have a running application.  

Deadline: 2 May 2022
Further information
RJ Sabbatical - humanities, social sciences

Each year, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond announces project support for a sabbatical abroad for senior lecturers and professors.The purpose is to allow the recipient to complete research in the humanities and social sciences that has reached an advanced stage. Applicant must have a permanent position at a Swedish higher education institution. Grants is approved for 6–12 months.

Deadline: 2 May 2022
Further information
Ratio - Scholarships for early-career researchers

Research on the labor market and wage formation is of particular priority. The scholarship is aimed at doctoral students or those that has newly earned a PhD, that want to gain new experiences and skills within the framework of Ratio's research profile. 

Deadline: 5 May 2022
Further information (in Swedish)
KLSA: Swedish Agricultural Week's fund 

Support for green innovative projects!

The green industries contribute a lot in our changing society and in people's everyday lives. This needs more attention. With new ideas, new forums and channels, we can spread knowledge about the importance of the green sector to different target groups. The fund welcomes innovative projects! The support for a single project can be SEK 100,000–400,000.

Deadline: 5 May 2022
Further information (in Swedish)
Swedish Institute for Educational Research 

The call concerns research on pre-school and school, close to practice. This year's focus is methods in planning, implementation and evaluation of teaching, that contributes to children's and students' development and learning. Maximum grant amout is 1.5 MSEK per year for 3 years. 

Deadline: 11 May 2022
Further information
The Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award

Nominations are now open. This year, two prizes will be awarded to outstanding ideas; one open to anyone (individual or small group) and another specifically catalyzing institutional collaboration in support of innovative action with UArctic members.The goal is to acknowledge and support work that contributes materially to preventing, reversing or mitigating the effects of climate change in the Arctic. Specific categories are defined. 

Deadline: 17 May 2022
Further information
Opportunities with the Heart-Lung Foundation

The below opportunities are available with the deadline 18 May 2022:
  • Project grants
  • Scholarships for research abroad
  • Monthly research stipends
  • Research Fellowships
  • Returnee grant  
Further information

Join a webinar! 

The Heart-Lung Foundation invites all interested to a webinar to inform about their upcoming calls. The event will be held 20 April 2022, 15:00-16:00. No advance registration is necessary. Join the meeting via the following link: 

New information folder about the Heart-Lung Foundations grants - in Swedish.   
SSF Industrial Doctoral Student 2022 

The grant provides funding for research and postgraduate studies for an industrial doctoral student, in collaboration between industry and academia. The grant covers a period of four to five years and shall result in a doctoral degree (PhD). SSF intends to fund 12 projects of SEK 2.5 million each
(including indirect costs).

Deadline: 19 May 2022
Further information
Focused calls with the Swedish Research Council (VR)

Project grant for research into segregation
Project grant for research into crime
Project grant for research into the social consequences of digitalisation

The purpose of these project grants is to give researchers the freedom to formulate by themselves the research concept, method and implementation, and to solve a specific research task within a limited period. Grant amount: Minimum 400 000 SEK per year, maximum 1 700 000 SEK per year, grant period is 1-4 years. Deadline: 24 May 2022.

Proof of concept within the infection area

The purpose of the grant is to bridge the gap between basic research and utilization or commercialization of research results within the infection area. The proof of concept grant offers persons who are receiving or have received a grant from the Swedish Research Council, Forte or Formas the opportunity to further develop their research results. Deadline: 24 May 2022.

Further information
Ollie and Elof Ericsson Foundation

The foundation supports research in the subject areas of medicine, technology and economics. Grants are primarily aimed at young, independent researchers who have begun to build up their own research activities. Grant sums are in the order of 50 000 – 200 000 SEK. 

Deadline: 31 May 2022
Further information (in Swedish)
Gunvor and Josef Anérs Foundation: humanities, social sciences, medicine

Grants are available for qualified research with a Swedish and international focus in the humanities and social sciences. Max amount is SEK 150,000 and refers to both funding for new research and publication grants for current research facilities and internationalization in the form of travel grants for research stays abroad.

Medicine: Grants are given for medical research and not for other scientific research. The application amount must be at least 15% of the total project sum.

Deadline: 1 June 2022
Further information (in Swedish)
Opportunities with Berit Wallenberg Foundation

Smaller scientific projects – archaeology and art history
Grants are intended for research, research trips, symposia, fieldwork, analyses and publication. Note that funding is not intended for technical equipment such as computers, software or cameras, nor are grants awarded to cover indirect costs.

Doctoral positions in art and cultural history
Eligible to apply is anyone who has been admitted to postgraduate education or has applied for postgraduate education at a Swedish university. 

Deadline: 1 June 2022
Further information (in Swedish)

Please note that for the Larger project grants, a support letter from the Vice-chancellor is required. Read more under the headline “Swedish funding bodies” above.  
Scientific research for Swedish nature conservation

The Oscar and Lili Lamm Memorial Foundation invites applications for Research grants. The 2022 call for proposals will cover landscape conservation and plant health. Project duration must be 1 or 2 years, max sum is 1 MSEK. Applicant must hold a PhD degree, and the grant must be managed by a university/college in Sweden or by the Foundation approved organization.

Deadline: 1 June 2022
Further information
Parkinson Foundation project grants

Grants amount to SEK 500,000 over 24 months. Appropriations cover costs for research scholarships, temporary salaries for researchers and technical staff, guest research scholarships, travel, purchase of equipment, materials and equipment and other project-related costs. Educational grants can be applied for to a limited extent. Note that the funder also offer separate travel- and equipment grants.

Deadline: 1 June 2022
Further information (in Swedish)
Swedish Brain Foundation – post doc scholarships

Funding support research on diseases, injuries and disabilities of the brain and the rest of the nervous systems, but also the healthy brain. Two scholarships are available: 1) The brain fund scholarship, worth SEK 300,000 per year, for research in the neuro field for two years full time; 2) Scholarship with special support from Anna-Stina and John Mattson's Memorial Foundation for clinical and basic scientific research focused on such injuries to the brain or spinal cord that can occur through traffic injuries.

Deadline: 7 June 2022
Further information (in Swedish)
Call for Nominations: The 2023 Holberg Prize and Nils Klim Prize

The Holberg Prize is awarded annually to a scholar who has made outstanding contributions to research in the humanities, social sciences, law or theology. The recipient must have had a decisive influence on international research. The Prize is worth NOK 6,000,000 (approx. EUR 600,000 / USD 685,000).

The Nils Klim Prize is awarded annually in the above fields, to a young researcher. The candidate must be a citizen of a Nordic country or be formally affiliated with a Nordic research institution. Also, the candidate must be under 35 years of age at the nomination deadline. The Prize is worth NOK 500,000 (approx. EUR 50,000). 

Nomination deadline: 15 June 2022
Further information
WASP-HS: NetX call 

The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program on Humanities and Society

NetX is a network initiative that aims to advance ground-breaking scientific cooperation between researchers at different universities and between researchers and external partners. 

Project proposals should address an issue of highest priority for the goals and vision of WASP-HS that requires the gathered competence of a multidisciplinary or cross-sectorial team. The proposed research must be novel and original, of international academic significance and of societal relevance.
Register for information meeting 11 April at 15:00
Deadline: 15 June 2022
Further information
Jeansson Foundations: Start-up grants for young researchers in medicine

Eligible applicants should have a position connected to a university or institute, alternatively a clinical position at a university-affiliated hospital, and have received a PhD year 2016 or later. Applicants can be granted no more than two times. Applicants must indicate if they previously received this grant and provide a satisfactory report to be considered for a second grant. 

Deadline: 21 June 2022
Further information

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EU framework programme for research and innovation
American federal funding
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