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Research Funding News 2 2020

Easter approaching

It is fairly unavoidable to have this newsletter not address the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, as this has caused a notable strain on most co-workers and processes at Lund University. We at Research Services are working towards offering the same type and level of support that we have previously planned for. However, please be aware that we might come to experience periods when we are understaffed, resulting in prolonged reply times. Keep an eye out on our blog for any updates. 

More on how different funders and individual grant application deadlines are affected by COVID-19 follow below. 

On the bright side: Easter is approaching, and we hope that you all will be able to enjoy a few days of well-deserved holiday and some long-anticipated sun, warmth, and Easter-eggs crammed with candy. 

Please see this blog post for an overview on which ones of us are available around Easter. All the best/

Research Services

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! 

Corona virus pushes deadlines forward

At the time of writing, the following larger funders have announced that applications have been extended due to the COVID-19 outbreak:
Swedish Research Council (VR). See affected calls. Original deadlines: 31 mars. New deadlines: 7 April 2020. 

Horizon2020. Filter out directives for respective calls here

Wallenberg Foundations. Affected calls: MMW & MAW: Project grants including WASP-HS. Original deadline: 1 April. New deadline: 14 april. KAW: WAF 2015 prolongation grant. Original deadline: 1 April. New deadline: 14 April. 

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond with Volkswagen Foundation, Compagnia de San Paolo and the Wallenberg Foundations. Affected calls: Global Issues thematic call. New deadline: 13 May. (See details in call list below.)

Asthma & Allergy Association. Affected call: Knowledge gaps. Original deadline: 16 March. New deadline: 15 June. Committee selection work and announcement date will also be pushed forward; no dates are decided as of yet. Projects will thus not be able to commence until 2021. More info on the call under Highlighted calls & fellowships below. 
Länsförsäkringar Reseach Fund. Affected call: Reciprocity and price setting in the damage insurance industry. Original deadline: 1 April. New deadline: 14 April. 

In general: Key research funders have their own directives on the COVID-19 situation and how this may affect calls and grant management: e.g. SSMF temporarily changes the terms for grant holders, and STINT encourages all recipients and scholarship holders to keep themselves up to date with the travel recommendations issued by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Formas informs that they are working to make sure that calls that offer funding from 2020 and onwards to be implemented as planned. Forte handles requests to extend the project duration in accordance with Fortes normal procedures, and Vinnova’s ambition is that calls and decisions will carry on as planned.

If you are currently working on an application, or if you are a grant holder, please make sure to visit the funder webpage for potential updates re deadlines and terms.    

New deadline: University-wide research infrastructure 2020

Please note that the deadline for the Lund University call University-wide research infrastructure 2020 has been postponed. New deadline is 23 April 2020. See call text and appendices for further information (in Swedish) here

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.


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.

Extended deadline: Horizon Impact Award 2020 

On 13 February, the European Commission launched the 2020 edition of Horizon Impact Award – a prize dedicated to EU-funded projects whose results have created societal impact across Europe and beyond. These projects must have been funded by FP7 and/or Horizon 2020 funding programmes and they must be closed by the time of application.

The deadline for applications has been extended until 15 April 2020.
Further information and application

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).

MSCA Individual Fellowships workshop 27 May

The workshop is for LU researchers who plan to recruit a post-doc from abroad, and for post-docs who want to apply with Lund University as host and already have a project idea and contact with a supervisor at LU. Note that a post-doc who complies with the mobility rule (see below) and was hired by LU later than 10 September 2019 can apply.
  • Time and location for the workshop: 27 May 8.30-16.30, at Pufendorfinstitutet, Biskopsgatan 3, Lund.
  • The workshop is run by Research Services, and will include participation from an evaluator, previous grantees and the HR department. Participants will receive strategic and practical advice for writing a competitive application. 
  • The workshop will be held in English. Attendance is free of charge. 
Mobility rule: the fellow cannot have resided or carried out his/her main activity in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the submission deadline 9 September 2020.

Register here no later than 4 May 2020. 
In order to participate, participants must submit a one-page synopsis of the project, and the fellow’s CV no later than 15 May

If you have any questions, please contact

The programme of the workshop is available here

MSCA Individual Fellowships online workshop call 2020

The online workshop is intended for fellows who want 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 register. Participants who cannot attend the onsite workshop 27 May (see also above) will be prioritised. 

The workshop is a recorded version of an onsite workshop organised in May 2019, run by Kwintessence, a consultancy firm with experience in running MSCA workshops and in pre-submission review of MSCA grants. The workshop participants will receive strategic and practical advice for writing a competitive application.
  • Time: online access at your convenience from May to the call deadline.
  • Registration: Register here no later than 17 June. In order to participate, the fellow must have the approval of their supervisor and host department.
  • Confirmation: When you have registered and received confirmation you will get information on how to access the workshop online. 
The workshop is in English. Attendance is free of charge.  

Note that the fellow cannot have resided or carried out his/her main activity in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to 9 September 2020. 

MSCA  Individual Fellowships fund

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA) Individual Fellowships fund promising (post)doctoral researchers looking to enhance their career development and prospects by working abroad. KU Leuven allows you to work in a first class research environment while benefitting from an attractive remuneration package. 

All nationalities can apply, all areas of research are welcome. You have to come to Europe, move within Europe or move outside of Europe. You will have your doctoral degree or at least four years' full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline.

Further information

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 (

MSCA Individual Fellowships – an opportunity to recruit a colleague!

The MSCA Individual Fellowships offer post-doc funding 12-24 months. The fellow may be recruited from abroad or may already have a position at LU. For both categories a mobility rule applies, which for the call 2020 means that the fellow can have resided or carried out her main activity in the country of the host organisation for no more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline 9 September 2020.

Do you already have someone in mind and want to know more about the fellowships? Please contact Research Services. We offer support throughput the process.

Do you not yet have a candidate but are thinking about recruiting? This is the time to start looking. The MSCA-Ifs can be used for funding a single post-doc, but they can also be used to enable structured mobility within your already established networks.

Further information on MSCA-IF
Current Horizon 2020 issues

ERC calls 2020

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

Proof of Concept Grants (for ERC grant holders):
Deadline: 23 April, 17 September 2020

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


Read the VR news-piece on how ERC grants offer great freedom!

MSCA calls 2020

Individual Fellowships (IF)
Deadline: 9 September 2020

Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
Deadline: 28 April 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. 

Use part of your VR grant for Covid-19 research

If you have a grant from the Swedish Research Council, you now have the option to use part of your funding for a short while for research related to Sars-CoV-2 and COVID-19.

Further information

Wallenberg calls in Archeology and Art History

Please note that if you are considering to apply to the following Wallenberg project calls
these applications need first to be prioritized on faculty level and ultimately accompanied by a Vice-chancellor’s letter of endorsement. Research Services handles this process.

LU internal Management Rules will be published on the Staff Pages in the upcoming days from now, and the same documents will concurrently be distributed to the concerned faculties. 

Both calls opens 1 May and closes 1 June 2020. Questions? Please direct these to Johanna Mellgren (  

VR Visiting researcher programme within climate and environment

Please note that the Visiting researcher programme within climate and environment with the Swedish Research Council (VR) is an “organizational applicants only” call. Hence, if you wish to apply, please note that Research Services are responsible for initiating applications in Prisma. 

The call is open between 1 April – 6 May. Contact: Sara Naurin, 

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.

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

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

Faculty funding information

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

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

Travel and research grants at Lund University

Larger government & private funding bodies

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

Government funding bodies

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

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

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

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

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

Private Foundations & Collecting Societies

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

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

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

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

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

Public Foundations

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

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

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

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

Highlighted calls & fellowships

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

Opportunities with Swedish Society for Medical Research (SSMF) 

SSMF Large Grant
Four year establishment grants are available for younger researchers in medicine. The purpose of the grant is to provide the prerequisites needed for the researcher to develop his/hers individual lines of research and establish successful research groups. The grants are full-time or half-time where the latter is intended for clinically active researchers. 

Starting 2020, the grant sum is increased in order to provide better economic conditions for medical practitioners who wishes to conduct research in parallel to their clinical employment. The increase means that salary costs up to 800 000 SEK per year, and running costs up to 900 000 SEK per year, will be covered. 

For more information, please contact Anna-Karin Andersson, SSMF communications:, 070-278 43 72  

Further information
Deadline: 15 April 2020     

Travelling scholarship
SSMF also offer travelling scholarships for PhD students in preclinical and clinical research. Deadlines 1 March, 1 June, 1 September and 1 December. 

Further information  

Opportunities with the Swedish Bank Research Foundation (Bankforskningsinstitutet) 

BFI supports academic research on financial institutions and markets, and awards scholarships especially for doctoral students, carrying out research in the selected field. Call for scholarship applications 2020:

Individual scholarships for PhD students to cover living cost and related research expenses for up to one year at a time. Individual scholarships for post-doc researchers can in some cases also be considered.

Applicants who has received a scholarship may be considered for supplementary grants to cover costs of special research expenses that are essential to a particular project as well as travel grants.

Deadline: 17 April 2020
Further information

DAAD: Research visits to Germany
Every year, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports well over 100,000 German and international students and researchers around the globe. Scholarships are available for international advanced students, doctoral candidates and postdocs, and are awarded for study and research visits to universities and non-university research institutions in Germany.
Further information

Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council: Scholarships for post docs and doctoral students

Post doc scholarship
The call is aimed at PhDs that has recently defended their doctoral thesis and wishes to (continue) focusing on trade related research questions. The funding is intended to support the applicant’s research; however the research can – and in most cases should – be combined with academic tutoring (no more than 30%).  

Doctoral student scholarship
The call is aimed at PhD students that currently are studying, or are planning to study, trade related research questions. Preferably, the candidate has finished the first half of his/hers doctoral training.

Deadline: 28 April 2020
Further information (in Swedish)

JRC: New call for the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Program

The importance of science-based evidence for policy-making is increasingly recognized, and to enhance the science-policy interface, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) has launched the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) program to establish collaborations with Higher Education Institutions and universities from EU Member States and countries associated to the EU Research Programme Horizon 2020. Participation in the scheme will allow a new generation of students to understand research needs at different stages of the policy cycle, and acquire new skills in science communication.

The JRC launched on 3 February 2020 a second call for expressions of interest in thirteen thematic fields. The call is open to higher education institutions / universities from EU Member States and countries associated to the EU Research Programme Horizon 2020.

Deadline: 3 May 2020
Further information

STINT Capstone Awards

The purpose of the Capstone Awards Programme is to increase the benefits of mobility programmes financed by foreign stakeholders. The programme consists of small scholarships for students and young researchers who have been accepted in selected programmes supported by a foreign funding organisation. The application to STINT is to be submitted along with the application to the foreign funding organisation. Grants are SEK 5,000 for stays abroad up to three months and SEK 10,000 for longer stays.

Deadline: Depending on organization. 
Further information

Swedish Cancer Foundation research grants

The Swedish Cancer Society fund high quality research and welcome applications from researchers in many different fields, such as natural science, medicine, healthcare, technology, pharmaceutics, public health, social science, behavioral and communication science.

Calls for projects, increased support, research months for health care employed staff and planning groups are now open.

In particular, applications and innovative ideas within the following fields are encouraged:
  • Healthcare (e.g. quality of life, rehabilitation, palliative care)
  • Public health science (e.g. epidemiology, prevention, lifestyle factors)
  • Social sciences (e.g. health economics, sociology)
  • Communication and behavioral science (e.g. implementation of prevention-related knowledge)
Deadline: 5 May 2020
Further information

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond: Research Ethics call

Grants aimed at 1-3 year long research ethics projects have been made available by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond together with the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters and the Swedish Research Council. Both individual researchers as well as smaller research groups with connection to Sweden may apply. All researchers must have earned a doctoral degree. Grant may amount to between 1-8 MSEK. The call is open to all areas but researchers within the humanities and the social sciences are encouraged to apply. 

Deadline: 7 May 2020
Further information

Funding from the Swedish National Space Agency

The Swedish National Space Agency (SNSA, "Rymdstyrelsen") has a number of calls for proposals related to its research program. These are neatly summarized here, but in short this includes Open annual calls, Targeted calls and Continuously open calls. Current opportunities are announced on their call webpage.

Deadline: Depends on grant.  

Global Issues – Integrating Different Perspectives

Global Issues is a funding framework aiming to enable international research collaboration and generate insights on understudied issues of urgent global relevance. It is an ‘umbrella’ for various calls on different themes reflecting challenges acknowledged by the United Nations' sustainable development agenda as requiring specific attention. It is hoped that this initiative will support and strengthen innovative research in collaboration between researchers based in different parts of the world who usually do not join forces. 

Thematic Call: Integrating Different Perspectives on Cultural Heritage and Change

The call is a joint funding initiative of Compagnia di San Paolo (Italy), Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Sweden), The Wallenberg Foundations (Sweden) and the Volkswagen Foundation (Germany).

The call is directed to multilateral research teams to investigate the processes and research questions of cultural heritage – heritage as an agent for and an object of change. While the disciplinary focus should be on the humanities and social sciences, input from other disciplines is welcome. The research should address processes performed by a certain sense of urgency resulting from global developments in the 21st century and adopt either a regional or comparative perspective.

The application process is organized in two phases. This is a call for pre-proposals to be submitted by 13 May 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their project at a review panel meeting.

Further information at Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the Marcus & Amalia Wallenberg Foundation

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 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)

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

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 

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

Additional info, events and seminars

OECD facilitating an AI overview

Late February this year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched the AI Policy Observatory platform to share and shape public policies for responsible, trustworthy and beneficial AI. 

A central goal is to make available information on AI and help promote an international discussion on e.g. AI best practices, development, frameworks, and much more. Highly relevant if you are interested in getting an overview of e.g. different nations AI initiatives, or AI in specific sectors.  

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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