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Research Funding News 3 2020

Zoom in, Zoom out

We have reached mid-May, and the last Research Funding News of the spring semester. A semester that many will come to remember as “challenging and generally odd”. Perhaps also “informative”? At Research Services we have certainly learned a lot, and definitely so when it comes to the meeting tool Zoom (and also MS Teams to be fair). For some, the learning curve has been steeper, for others it has merely been a subtle speed bump. Regardless, we have all acquired some new digital skills, which is great!

Research Services offers digital seminars in May and even going into June, including on the ERC and Horizon Europe, on Project applications to the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and a Competence portal webinar that introduces funding opportunities to early career researchers. Further info + links to registration below.     

Whether or not you zoomed into Zoom with ease, it is soon time to zoom out for Summer. We have a few weeks still to go, but we wish you all a relaxing and sunny summer holiday as that day arrives.    

Summer at Research Services

Note that the office will be sparsely staffed during especially July. Please see our blog for details on who will be available.

Avaliable now! Funding paths to excellence

Our lovely co-worker Sophie Hydén Picasso has initiated and compiled a material called Funding paths to excellence (also available in Swedish: Finansieringsmetoder för excellens). The guide provides a compilation of research funding opportunities oriented towards basic
research available in different stages of the career, together with an indicative list of merits and skills required to be competitive. It is aimed towards both individual researchers, doctorate supervisors and heads of departments. Have a look, and spread the word!  

Disclaimer: Naturally, no one at Research Services would ever engage in using neither inappropriate language nor questionable gestures. “Frustrated” is a state and/or word utterly unfamiliar to us. 
Illustration by Sara Naurin.

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! 

Covid-19 info from funders

Swedish Research Council: Corona outbreak

The Swedish Research Council will receive 100 million SEK extra in the spring budget to support research on COVID-19. In addition to the Government’s initiative, the Swedish Research Council will strengthen basic virus research with 100 million SEK over the years 2020–2024. 

Further information on how the Corona outbreak affects your ongoing grant, how you apply for new research grants and how to share research data related to Covid-19. 

New calls in virus research
The initiative is a Government mandate aimed at supporting research that can quickly contribute to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and preventing future pandemic outbreaks. The call is aimed at researchers who are project leaders for grants from the Swedish Research Council or Forte that have not yet ended. 

Deadline: 2 June.
Further information

Covid-19/SARS-COV-2 International funding overview

Swelife has compiled an overview of international research and innovation funding opportunities addressing Covid-19/SARS-COV-2, available to Swedish Life Science actors.  

Covid-19/SARS-COV-2 International funding and access to resources: Open and download


Deadlines for several H2020 calls are being postponed following Covid-19, for example the H2020-SC1-BHC-2018-2020. 

The EC and involved agencies are currently under high pressure, and we may not immediately notice information that are sent over e-mail or other channels. Hence: All those that are currently involved in, or are in the process of submitting, applications are urged to keep a daily eye on the Funding & Tender Portal.

ERC: Given the COVID-19 situation, maximum flexibility will be given on due dates for deliverables, milestones, scientific and financial reporting as well as to the implementation of the action whose performance was impacted by the confinement measures. 

European COVID-19 Data Platform

The European Commission has, together with several partners, launched a European COVID-19 Data Platform to enable the rapid collection and sharing of available research data. The press release can be found here.


compiles the latest news and the most important links concerning the COVID-19 outbreak .


The goal is that the calls that offer funding from 2020 and onwards to be implemented as planned. For projects affected by Covid-19 in a way that requires alternative budgets and/or work plans to be developed, please contact your responsible Formas contact person. The time for financial and scientific reports is extended for projects in all calls with the original reporting period 29 February - 30 May. New deadline for reporting on these calls is May 31.

Further Covid-19 related information at the Formas website.   

New calls in the wake of Covid-19:


Vinnova’s ambition is that calls and decisions about which research and innovation projects will carry on as normal. Read more on their dedicated webpage on what applies for 

  • making changes to a recently submitted application
  • If your project has changed or been cancelled
  • If you can't submit a report
  • If you need to extend or pause a project, adjust costs, or if the project cannot be completed

New call in the wake of Covid-19: 

Finding new ways in the time of a crisis
Vinnova is calling on innovative ideas to address the wider impact of the corona crisis. We want to attract projects that support our society in a challenging time. New solutions should be ready to be put into practice within six to twelve months.

Deadline: 10 June 2020

COVID-19 Global South AI and Data Innovation Fund

Sida and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) are planning to launch a COVID-19 Global South Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Innovation Fund to support AI and data-enabled innovations that can directly assist low-and middle-income countries in responding to, recovering from, and building resilience during the current COVID-19 crisis, and for other potential pandemics. 

The fund will include a closed call for proposals, with short time for proposal preparation and rapid review and decision process. Lund University will be invited to apply. 

Proposals are to address at least one of the following thematic areas: 

  • Forecasting transmissions and reducing spread through policy and public health interventions
  • Optimizing public health system responses for patient diagnosis, care and management
  • Building trust and combatting mis- and dis-information around COVID-19
  • Strengthening data systems and information sharing about COVID-19
  • Supporting transparent and responsible AI and data governance around COVID-19 and pandemic responses
  • Mobilizing AI and data science to support gender and inclusion needs during the crisis

Full invitation and deadline tbc. Keep an eye out on the Sida webpage.

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.

Seminar: The European Research Council and Horizon Europe

Research Services are pleased to invite you to an information seminar on the European Research Council and Horizon Europe.

The European Research Council (ERC) is the Europe’s foremost funder of bottom-up, investigator-driven funding. It supports high-quality frontier research by the best and brightest researchers in Europe, and is one of the most popular and competitive funding agencies in Europe. It is a flagship component of Horizon 2020, the European Union's Research Framework Programme for 2014 to 2020. 

At this seminar, you will learn more about the ERC and its funding schemes, as well as what changes to expect as the European Union transitions to its new Research Framework Programme, Horizon Europe.

The seminar will be led by Lena Renner, Sweden’s National Contact Point for the ERC. It will consist of a 45 minute presentation, followed by ample time for questions. The details as follows:

Date & time: May 29, 2020 at 10:00 – 11:00
Location: Digitally, via Zoom
Registration: Please register at the following link by May 25, 2020

For more information, contact 

MSCA-IF support activities call 2020

Research Services offer a range of activities for fellows and supervisors who will submit a MSCA-If proposal in call 2020 with Lund University as host institution. In order to participate, the fellow must have the approval of their supervisor and host department.

Activities include the following and are free of charge:
  • Access to a recorded MSCA-IF workshop from 2019. The workshop participants will receive strategic and practical advice for writing a competitive application. Register as soon as possible but no later than 23 June to get access before the summer.
  • Feedback on short proposal outline and CV. Deadline to submit material is 27 May.
  • Feedback on draft proposal. Deadline to submit the draft is either 12 June or 17 August.
  • Useful material and co-financing calculations
  • Support and advice throughout the application process
Please contact us by email or register for support here.

You are welcome to contact us if you are planning to submit an application with another host institution, but we also advise you to contact that institution’s grants office for help.

Did you know...

..that Lund University, in competition with other Swedish universities as well as the research organizations, brought in the highest amount of funding from Horizon 2020?!

Read more (in Swedish) in the Vinnova Horisont 2020 – årsbok 2019

Updated FET/EIC Pathfinder work programme

The pilot Work Programme 2018-2020 of the European Innovation Council (EIC) has been updated and pre-published, specifically for the FET (Future and Emerging Technologies)/EIC Pathfinder Proactive topics. Further information to be found here. Deadline: 2 July 2020  

Please take the opportunity to find a topic suitable for your research! If you have questions or is considering to apply, you are welcome to contact Anna-Karin Wihlborg (

ERC: Important information regarding the transition to Horizon Europe

With the EU’s transition to the new Framework Programme Horizon Europe approaching, it is not unusual to see disruption in regular funding calls such as those from the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC have published a guide to what disruption and changes researchers can expect during this transition on their website.

In short, researchers can expect the following changes to the usual ERC calls:

Advanced Grants 2020:  No change expected.

Starting Grant 2021, Consolidator Grant 2021: Delayed for approximately 6 months. The eligibility criteria for both calls are unchanged.

Advanced Grant 2021: Delayed, new evaluation process to include interviews at step 2. The eligibility criteria is unchanged.

Synergy Grant 2021: Cancelled, but expected to resume for the 2022 calls with a deadline in November 2021.

New panels: Two new evaluation panels: “Materials Engineering” (PE11) and “Human Mobility, Environment and Space” (SH7). These panels will apply to all Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants from the 2021 calls and forward.

We at Research Services plan to run our full support programme for all of these calls, but will change when we begin to suit the new deadlines. Support for the Advanced Grant 2020 call will begin as planned with a workshop on April 21.

We will provide further updates when we have more concrete information on the new deadlines from the ERC. If you have any questions about these changes or what they mean for your own plans, please do not hesitate to contact John Phillips (, +46 73 067 0104).

Open letter and petition for support: safeguard the ERC budget 

An initiative to safeguard the ERC budget in the new framework programme has been taken by the University of Bergen together with other major Nordic universities. The petition is supported by LERU, the League of European Research Universities, of which Lund University is a member. 
Current Horizon 2020 issues

ERC calls 2020

Advanced Grant (established researchers):
Deadline: 26 August 2020

Proof of Concept Grants (for ERC grant holders):
Deadline: 17 September 2020

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

MSCA calls 2020

Individual Fellowships (IF)
Deadline: 9 September 2020

Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND)
Deadline: 29 September 2020

Further information
Please contact Research Services for support
Planning Grants for Horizon 2020 applications

Research Services Planning Grant
For planning Horizon 2020 proposals with three or more partners and LU is the coordinator. Please contact for further information.

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond support to Research initiation in Social Sciences and Humanities
This funding may be used for setting up a consortia preparing for a Horizon 2020 proposal - organising e.g. conferences, seminars, workshops and for the creation of new research networks. Grants for research initiation may be applied for at any time during the year.
Further information

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

Horizon 2020: Work Programmes with calls for the years 2018-2020

Note that the entire Work Programme ends in 2020, and there is considerable money left to be distributed. 

You can find the calls here under the heading Work programmes – 2018-2020 – Main WP.

At Research Services we help you to find calls for proposals, give advice during the application phase, project budgeting and give help and advice with reporting. We are happy to give presentations on H2020 for your department or research group, and/or arrange seminars and workshops on H2020 sub-programs.
Register here to our thematic email lists. 
There are planning grants from Lund University when applying for a H2020 project with three or more partners. There are also planning grants from Swedish funding agencies. For more information on planning grants, read further down.


European Commission information events on Horizon 2020 calls
European Commission Horizon 2020 Events Calendar

Vinnova Information events on Horizon 2020
National Contact Points, Programme Committee experts and Project Officers from the European Commission provide you with the latest information on the 2018-2020 H2020 Work Programme. You will also get to meet evaluators and representatives from ongoing H2020 projects who share their experiences. Several of the information meetings are held in English. All meetings are web casted, see the VINNOVA site

News: Swedish funding bodies

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

Information meeting: KAW project applications 2021

Looking to apply for the Knut & Alice Wallenberg (KAW) annual project grant in 2021, or are you just looking to learn what the application process is all about? Welcome to sign up to our information meeting, that takes place in collaboration with the Faculties of Science, Technology, and Medicine. 

When? Wednesday June 17 2020, 10–12 am. 

What? During the meeting, we will cover the basic 'must-knows' re the KAW project grant, introduce the Lund University internal prioritization process, and hear from previous grantee Daniel Conley that will share some valuable advice when it comes to formulating a successful application. We will also introduce the Wallenberg evaluation process, provide some basic stats, and hopefully answer all questions that you might have.    

Where? This year's information meeting will be conducted digitally over Zoom.

How? Please see the agenda, and sign up using this form no later than Monday June 15.   

The LU internal management rules for this call are available; you find them here.  

Nominations for Wallenberg Academy Fellows approaching

The Wallenberg Academy Fellows (WAF) is a long-term program for young researchers in medicine, natural sciences, engineering and technology, humanities and social sciences, announced every other year. Next nomination period closes February 19 2021.

Lund University’s management rules plus in-depth instructions and time-plan for the internal nomination procedure will be announced in full in early/mid-June as the invitation arrives. However, following the time-plan from previous years, the faculties shall have concluded their nominations by early October. 

Are you a Head of Department? Please make sure to inform your Faculty Management, should you have a name already in mind. Please also spread the word to beseemed research environments. Note that this is an excellent opportunity to recruit an outstanding young researcher from abroad.  

If you have questions about the WAF program you are welcome to contact or However, please mind that we cannot answer any detailed questions re the 2021 call before having received the invitation. 

Additional info, events and seminars

Webinar: A logical start of an academic career: Getting external funding - where, when, how?

Getting that external funding is an important part of the academic career. But how do you find the relevant funding opportunities and how should you approach the research funding that is out there?
This webinar will guide you through the research funding landscape in general, and more specifically in the funding opportunities that Research Services give support in. After the webinar you will also know what support you can get from Research Services concerning external funding. It is aimed at researchers who are curious about applying for their own research grants, or those who have just started to apply for their own.
For? Early career researchers (incl doctoral students)
When? 1 June 2020
At? 10.15-12.00
Where? Digital meeting
Register at Kompetensportalen (use your LUCAT-ID)
This seminar/webinar is one piece of a greater pie - do read more here

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)

New @ Sign up to monitor new opportunities

Subscribe to grants available via Vinnova to get a weekly summary of new financing opportunities. 

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. 

New call @ Mistra, to be published August 2020

A community transformation with focus on climate, equality and digitalization, and a research program where the civil society and other actors contributes to this transformation. That will be the purpose of the upcoming call from Mistra. The idea is that cross-disciplinary research and innovation shall contribute with knowledge and solutions for a fair societal transformation in favour of the climate. The program call is planned for August 2020.

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 Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation’s Major research grant
The Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation's objective with this grant is that with a vigorous initiative over a limited period of time create conditions for a decisive research breakthrough within an important research field. It also comprises support for nationally coordinated intervention studies and register research. The grant is 5 million SEK/year for three years, a total of 15 million SEK. 

Note: The application period is extended to 1 June 2020

Covid-19 related research and applications
Projects aimed at the major research grant are encouraged to concern Covid-19 related research, focused on developing better prevention and emergency treatment, i.e. vaccines and antiviral treatments, and the study of how medicines can treat patients with heart-lung disease infected with Covid-19.  

It is not possible to apply with two separate projects proposals to the major grant, regardless if only one of the project concern Covid-19.  
Further information on the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation’s Major research grant and the other grants (travelling- and research grants, stay abroad scholarships, etc.)

Opportunities with the Berit Wallenberg Foundation

Doctoral grants
Aimed at doctoral positions in art and cultural history, with a focus on archeology or art history, at Swedish universities.

Further information (in Swedish). Deadline: 1 June

Smaller scientific projects
Aimed to support smaller research projects within archeology or art

Further information (in Swedish). Deadline: 1 June

SSF Industrial Doctoral Students

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) invests 30 MSEK on industry-based doctoral students. SFF expects to grant c. 12 projects a maximum of 2.5 MSEK each. This applies to people that has not yet been accepted to their doctoral studies. The student shall engage in research within science, technology or medicine, and must be at least 80% employed. Projects are to start between 1 December 2020 and 30 June 2021. 

Deadline: 2 June 2020
Further information

Swedish Breast Cancer Association: Research grants 2020

Swedish Breast Cancer Association (Bröstcancerförbundet) grant funding to support patient-oriented, clinical research.

Deadline: 5 June 2020
Further information (in Swedish)

The Kamprad Family Foundation annual grant – opening in June

The Kamprad Family Foundation annual grant will open in June 2020, and this year applications are accepted in the areas of “Entrepreneurship, especially for a flourishing countryside”, and “Improved quality of life for the elderly”, respectively.

Further information (in Swedish)   
Swedish Brain Foundation (Hjärnfonden) Post-doctoral scholarships 

The Swedish Brain Foundation announces post-doc scholarships of 300 000 SEK across two years, where the grantee hands in a short progress report at the start of year 2. These scholarships are open to applicants with a Swedish doctoral degree. A minimum of 50% activity grade is required.  

Deadline: 8 June 2020
Further information (in Swedish)
The Leander Foundation: Cancer research awards

The Leander Foundation calls for applications to two grants of SEK 120,000, which will be awarded to research in the following areas:
  1. Outcomes and side effects of cancer treatment related to Covid-19.
  2. Research on neuroendocrine cancer.
Preference is given to researchers with PhD exam in 2015 or later. The application must contain a research plan (max. 2 pages) and CV including 5 selected publications and a list of current research grants (max. 2 pages). The application must state to which department the applicant is affiliated and to which cost center any scholarship should be paid.

Questions regarding the application can be sent to: Prof. Karin Jirström, Reader Marcus Järås, Reader Kristina Drott

Deadline: 12 June 2020. Application is to be emailed to
Stiftelsen Lantbruksforskning annual open call

Stiftelsen Lantbruksforskning strengthens the Swedish agricultural sector’s competitiveness with the help of new knowledge attained through needs-driven research and development. Applications to the annual open call are now accepted. Focus is on: Energy & Biomass; Climate & Environment; Food 

Deadline (step 1): 14 June 2020, 14:00
Further information (in Swedish) 

Asthma & Allergy Association: additional research funding 

During 2020, additional funding will support research on food allergies in children. A project may be granted up to 1 MSEK per year for a maximum of 5 years. In total, the Research Fund will offer 10 MSEK during a 5 year period. Hence, applications must stand in relation to the size of the funds.

Proposed project must address the 10 identified knowledge gaps.
Note new deadline: 15 June 2020

BFUF research funding call 2020

The R&D Fund of the Swedish Tourism & Hospitality Industry (BFUF) invites applications focused on two themes: 1) ‘Attractive businesses – satisfied coworkers’ and 2) ‘The tourism industry’s contribution to a reduced carbon footprint. 

Projects shall contribute to develop knowledge in gain of the tourism industry and its organizations, personnel and/or customers. 

Deadline: 17 June 14:00
Further information (in Swedish)

The Jeansson Foundations Support to medical research, Annual Starting Grant

The Jeansson Foundations welcomes applications to the Starting Grant call, aimed at younger researchers that are in the process of establishing their own research team. The applicant should be associated with a higher education department and have earned their doctoral degree no earlier than 2014. One applicant can only be granted funds twice; please specify if your applications concern a continuation grant. Funds should not be used to cover the applicant’s own salary. 

Application period opens 4 May. Deadline: 17 June 2020. 
Further information

Swedish Energy Agency: opportunity to fund granted EU-project

The Swedish Energy Agency offers those who has been invited to sign a project contract within Horizon2020, EU:s Research Fund for Coal and Steel, or LIFE, to apply for funding to support this project. The project must not have started, and direct costs must not be fully financed. The project must be related to the Swedish Energy Agency scope of practice, and contribute to one or several of the below goals: 

  • The implementation of Sweden’s energy and climate goals
  • Reach energy related environmental policy goals
  • Improve prerequisites for growth and export 
  • Achieve energy system transposition 

Deadline: 18 June 2020 
Further information (in Swedish)   

Opportunities with Energiforsk

Project ideas wanted in two research programs:

The Digitization of the power distribution grid is a program that enables the energy sector to influence and prepare for the changes and challenges that comes with tomorrow’s power distribution. Project proposals within a number of areas are encouraged. Please see the call text for details (in Swedish). The current call comprises c. 5,4 MSEK. Priority will be given to: 

Technical projects, preferable pilot- or demo projects; manuals
Problem-solving projects governed by needs, that engage the problem owners 
Projects that pursue networking and competence buildup; synthesis reports

The Training in risk- and reliability analysis program develops new models and decision-making processes for power distribution risk analysis. For the current call, they primarily encourages applied projects within a number of areas. Please see the call text for details (in Swedish).

Deadline: 30 June 2020 

Forska Utan Djurförsök: Research grants

Forska Utan Djurförsök (Research Without Animal Experiments) announces research grants for 2021. The projects should result in animal experiments being replaced or otherwise rendered unnecessary. The call is for new projects. They support research in all areas where animal experiments occur. 

Please note that grants are almost exclusively awarded to projects in Sweden and/or international projects including a Swedish partner.  Information about how to apply is only available in Swedish, but the application form may be completed in English.

Deadline: 30 June 2020
Further information (in Swedish)

Familjen Jacobssons stiftelse: Scholarships to researchers and entrepreneurs 

The grant is a personal one, and aimed at supporting an educational effort, such as e.g. a leadership training course, or a research project on enterprise development.  

Deadline: 31 July 2020
Further information (in Swedish)  

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond: RJ Sabbatical 2020

With an RJ Sabbatical grant, senior lecturers and professors can spend six to twelve months completing research that is already at an advanced stage and write syntheses. Grants include support for a stay abroad, thus promoting international ties for Swedish research and education. The grant is intended to enable grantees to conduct research to the full extent of their employment. The call opens 24 August 2020. 

Further information

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency: Open calls

The Swedish EPA provides grants to support environmental action. Open calls concern:

  • Management of invasive alien species
  • Synthesis on sustainable consumption
  • Application of socioeconomic analysis
  • Contaminated sediments

Deadline (all of the above): 7 September 2020
Further information (in Swedish)

Sweden-America Foundation: Fellowships for Graduate, Postgraduate and Post Doc Studies

Each year, the foundation awards approximately 40 fellowships (cash scholarships) for studies/research stays in the USA or Canada. Fellowships are available for 6-12 months long stays. Note that the applicant must be a Swedish citizen. 

Deadline: 15 September 2020
Further information (in Swedish)

Handelsbanken research scholarships 2020

All the below calls open 10 August. 
Deadline: 15 September 2020.  

Wallander scholarships
are aimed at distinguished younger researchers that have recently defended their doctoral thesis, to support them in their continuing research within the economic disciplines. 

Hedelius scholarships
are aimed at doctorate students that intend to spend max 10 months at a well-renowned foreign university, to study within the economical sciences.

Browaldh scholarships
are aimed to finance a younger researcher of highest international standard, who has been recruited in international competition. Grant is currently 1 725 000 SEK to cover a three-year period.  

Research and knowledge exchange 
are intended to stimulate national as well as international collaboration between scientists. 

Further information (in Swedish) 

Swedish Defence University: Military History Scholarships and Contributions

A few (1-3) scholarships were the awarded fellows share a total sum of 200 000 SEK are annually granted. These scholarship grants are aimed at researchers holing a PhD involved in research concerning security policy and other aspects of defence, as well as at staff members with a Bachelor's or Master’s degree working in archives, libraries and museums. 

Deadline: 21 September 2020

Contributions to support the publication of literature, travelling grants incl. for conference attendance, and to support conferences/symposia etc. dealing with military history, are also available. 

Further information (in Swedish)

Viking Olov Björk’s scholarship in applied biomaterial research
The scholarship of 275 000 SEK supports research in the intersection between medical technology and clinical applications, e.g. areas as tissue engineering, nanotechnology or biomaterial research. It is aimed at a young researcher at a Nordic university who has shown scientific skills in the field and shown aptitude for leadership within the scientific field supported by the scholarship. The scholarship is to finance costs for a longer visit to a high ranking international research institute. 

Researcher with employment at, or with a strong collaborative link with, Uppsala University shall prevail. 

Application shall be written in English and includes CV, research plan for the project expected to be carried through at the foreign institute, certificate from the foreign site confirming access to and availability of resources, statement from tutor/similar at the own Nordic university, and finally budget for the stay abroad.

Full applications, one single pdf, is sent to Use mail subject line ”Viking Olov Björk’s scholarship”.

Deadline: 30 September 2020

AFA Insurance: Covid-19 – more knowledge is needed

AFA Insurance welcomes project proposals aimed at investigating how the ongoing spread of Covid-19 affects work life, work environment and health, and leadership. Projects may be funded up to three years. Evaluation of proposals starts immediately upon arrival, and decisions are made also throughout the application period.

Deadline: 1 October 2020
Further information (in Swedish) 

The Lars Hierta Memorial Foundation: Contributions to individual researchers

The foundation accepts applications from researchers active in all subject fields. Grants are in the order of 10.000-50.000 SEK, note that applications exceeding 50.000 SEK will be not be evaluated. The foundation only distribute one-time grants, and the same applicant may only be granted funding three years in a row. A grant cannot be intended as salary, nor can it be used to cover thesis printing costs.   

Deadline: 1 October 2020 (application opens 15 August)
Further information (in Swedish)

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). 

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)

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

Running calls & fellowships

STIAS Fellowships for Swedish researchers (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. In summary, 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: 31 May 2020
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. It is also possible to join ongoing COST Actions, have a look at the new ones that was recently launched 25 March

Further information
Further information on COST at Vinnova

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: 29 May, 4 September, 6 November (15:00 applies to all the above).

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: 

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 2020 Further information (in Swedish)

Sabbatical scholarships to facilitate Swedish senior researcher’s stay at a university abroad.
Next deadline: 1 October 2020. Further information (in Swedish)

Travelling grants, for shorter stays abroad and active participation in international congresses, symposia, workshops and courses. 
Next deadline: 1 October 2020 Further information (in Swedish)

Wenner-Gren Fellows: 3 year post doc scholarships 
Next deadline: 31 January 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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