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Research Funding News 1 2020

The Roaring Twenties

We are well into the new year (and the new decade), and we hope you have had a great start of the 2020 spring semester. Also, we hope that you have decided whether to pronounce this year 'two-thousand-and-twenty' or 'twenty-twenty'? Since the Roaring Twenties of the 20th century is remembered as a period of general economic prosperity, we naturally assume that the same will be true this time around. At least when referring to LUs external funding revenue.  

A word or two on Brexit

Breaking up is never easy, we know... and since today happen to be Valentine’s Day, it feels particularly sad to bring up the fact that the UK has divorced from the European Union. 

Lund University has published updated advice on what the effects of Brexit mean for staff and students at Lund, including its impacts on research funding. You can read the updated advice here. For questions regarding the impact of Brexit on research funding, please contact John Phillips,

With love/
Research Services

Important changes in the Ethical Review Act

January 1st, amendments were made to the Ethical Review Act. People in an operational management position, such as the head of the department, are now explicitly held accountable for ensuring compliance with the law. They can be sentenced to the same penalty as researchers who violate the law - where the maximum sentence has now been increased from six months to two years in prison.

Another significant change is that the Ethics Review Appeals Board (ÖNEP) is given an increased supervisory responsibility. It will recruit staff to live up to this responsibility. Overall, increased supervision is to be expected.

Viktiga förändringar i etikprövningslagen

Den 1 januari genomfördes ändringar i etikprövningslagen. Personer med ansvar för verksamheten, som t.ex. prefekter, hålls nu uttryckligen ansvariga för att se till att lagen efterlevs. Sådana personer kan dömas till samma påföljd som forskare som bryter mot lagen – där maxstraffet nu höjts från sex månaders till två års fängelse. 

Skärpningen sammanfaller med en annan viktig förändring, nämligen att Överklagandenämnden för etikprövning (ÖNEP) ges ett utökat tillsynsansvar. Nämnden kommer att rekrytera personal för att kunna leva upp till detta ansvar. Sammantaget är ökad tillsyn att vänta.

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! 

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.

MSCA activities 2020 at Lund University

MSCA information meeting 18 March:
Innovative Training Networks and Individual Fellowships

LU researchers interested in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) and/or Individual Fellowships (IF) are welcome to an information meeting. 

Erik Litborn from Vinnova, national contact point for the MSCA programme, and LU’s Research Services will give an overview of the actions and provide information on key issues related to planning and writing the proposal, including support available at LU.

The information meeting will be held in English. 

Date and time: 18 March, 9.00-11.30
Venue: LUX C126, Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Register for the meeting here, no later than 2 March. You can choose to register for the full seminar, or only the IF (9.00-10.00) or ITN (10.30-11.30) part.
If you have any questions, please contact

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

ERC Advanced Grants workshop

Research Services invites Lund University researchers interested in ERC Advanced Grants call 2020 to a workshop on 21 April. 

The workshop which will focus on how to write a competitive proposal is run by Yellow Research, a consultancy firm with extensive experience in running ERC workshops and in pre-submission review of ERC Grants.

Applicants for the ERC Advanced Grants are established research leaders and are expected to be active researchers who have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years.

Time: 21 April, between 8.30 and 12.30.
Place: Hörsalen, Pufendorfinstitutet, Biskopsgatan 3, Lund
Registration: Register here no later than 1 April.                        

The workshop will be held in English. Attendance is free of charge.
If you have any questions, please contact

Brexit and Horizon 2020

As we know, an organized (withdrawal agreement) Brexit became effective on 31 January 2020.

With an agreement, the UK continues to participate as usual in the EU programs funded through the current long-term budget (MFF 2014-2020), including Horizon 2020. For more information see the UK Research and Innovation (UKRO) fact sheet

EUA, the European University Association, has published a review of the current situation and the process moving forward.

See also e.g. the European Commission

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.

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. 

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, 

Berit Wallenberg Foundation: Larger research projects

The Berit Wallenberg Foundation focuses on archeology and art history, and invites for applications to the 
  • Smaller research projects grant – research (max 6 months scholarships), travelling, field work, analysis and publications
  • Larger research projects grant – research projects with a budget of max 2 MSEK 

Please note that for the Larger research projects, a signed Vice-chancellor’s letter of endorsement is to be included in the application (this has previously not been the case for grant applications from this foundation). Research Services handles this process, and management rules + time plan will be in place and distributed early April.  

For question, please contact Johanna Mellgren, 


SweCRIS is a national database managed by the Swedish Research Council on behalf of the Government that allows you to see how participating research funding bodies has distributed their money to Swedish recipients.  

Have a look

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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

Swedish Research Council (VR): Closing soon 

Note that the 

both closes on the 18th of February 2020. 

VR has now published most of their upcoming 2020 research project grant calls, so do not wait too long to start planning your application.   

Opportunities with JPI Urban Europe

ERA-NET Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (ENUAC)
ENUAC call for proposals that aim at creating and testing new solutions and approaches for sustainable urban mobility. 16 countries are pooling resources to implement a series of calls for research and innovation projects as well as accompanying measures to create highest impact. The joint calls and actions will focus on measures to improve urban accessibility and connectivity for all groups of society. Projects within this call are expected to be co-creative and have strong stakeholder participation already from the start.

Deadline (pre-proposal): 17 March 2020
Further information

Urban Migration
JPI Urban Europe invites transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral communities of researchers and practitioners to create projects that align, synthesise or consolidate already existing knowledge on urban migration across disciplines on national and local levels. The focus of this call is the ways that migration affects and is affected by the life and functioning of cities.

Note: On the 17 February, there will be an information webinar for applicants of this call! More info and registration available here

Deadline (pre-proposal): 26 March 2020
Further information 

Opportunities with Länsförsäkringar Research Fund

Research funding is currently available within the below themes. Please note that for both calls, a two-step selection process is adopted.  

Traffic safety 
Deadline: 17 February 2020
Further information (in Swedish)

Reciprocity and price setting in the damage insurance industry 
Deadline: 1 April 2020 
Further information (in Swedish)

Student/doctoral student scholarships @ Uppsala University, available to LU

The following list shows scholarships to which Lund University (doctoral) students are eligible to apply. Deadline: 19 February, 17:00. 

Eschelssons, Elsa (female Law students)
Fries, Ellen (female applicants practicing research in History)
Sylvéns (students in the field of Medicine)
Myhrmans (students of Assyriology)
Johanssons, M o R (students of Buddhism)

LM Ericsson scholarships

LM Ericsson invites applications to their annual scholarship call, aimed especially at PhD students and recently graduated PhDs. Often these scholarships are used to partly finance a research stay at a foreign university, or for conference attendance. Scholarships offered are in the range of 15 000 – 50 000 SEK. 

Deadline: 21 February 2020
Further information (in Swedish)   

The Swedish Energy Agency: New call open to humanities and social sciences

Participate in and solve energy-related social challenges! The call is aimed to those who wish to contribute with increased knowledge and understanding of social challenges related to the energy field. 

The call is divided into two categories A and B. Projects in the areas of humanities and social sciences (HS) fall into category A. The call also welcomes research in the natural sciences and technical sciences (NT) that apply to category B. Interdisciplinary projects with elements of both HS and NT are also welcomed.

Deadline: 26 February 2020
Further information (in Swedish)

Scholarship for research with connection to the brewing industry

F d Bryggarämbetets i Stockholm Pensionskassa invites applications for a 100 000 SEK scholarship, with the purpose to increase the general knowledge about the Swedish brewing industry. The scholarship can be applied for by an individual, or by a team of researchers. 

The application shall contain the applicants personal data, merits and terms of employment plus a research plan that shows time- and economic planning (incl. account on other financial support), and the projects relevance to the scholarship and what type of publications that are planned.  

Deadline: 27 February 2020 
Applications are to be e-mailed to (enter Research Scholarship in the subject field) 

Göran Gustafsson Foundation: nature and environment in Lapland

The Foundations aims to support research projects on Lapland nature, environment and indigenous people. Funding to cover salary and over-head costs will not be granted. Contact the Foundation for further information and to receive the application form. 

Deadline: 28 February

Furthermore, a working scholarship worth 100 000 SEK will be awarded someone who has provided  valuable contributions to the Foundation’s field of work. Further information to be given by the Foundation. 

Göran Gustafssons Stiftelse för natur och miljö i Lappland. Arsenalsgatan 2, 111 47 Stockholm, +46 8 23 53 70;

Kavli Trust Programme on Health Research

The Kavli Trust Programme on Health Research will be awarding a total of 20 MNOK to collaborative research projects addressing selected evidence gaps in child and adolescent mental health. Project proposals shall emanate from evidence gaps identified by the Foundation. Note that the application process takes place in two stages.

Deadline (Stage 1, pre-proposal): 28 February 2020  
Further information

SiS annual call on care and treatment

SiS, The National Board of Institutional Care, invites for applications to their annual research grant. Projects shall be related to the SiS overall research program, with focus on care and treatment under duress. Projects related to the following is especially encouraged:

  • Treatment efforts (inpatient) connected to youths and adults suffering from addiction and mental illness.
  • Crime preventing efforts (inpatient) for youths and adults involved in gang crime. 

Deadline: 28 February 2020
Further information (in Swedish)

CIHEAM call for applications: Field Research Initiative (FRI)

International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) invites PhD students and young researchers to conduct short-term field research related to food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and rural development, climate change mitigation and plant health in order to enhance practical skills.

Deadline: 29 February 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

Research grants: Swedish Social Insurance Administration (Försäkringskassan)

Research grants (1-3 years) to support projects on the social insurance and the work of the Swedish Social Insurance Administration are now available. The purpose is to increase the knowledge on the social insurance and its function for both individuals and the society at large. Applications expressively focused on diversity and equality, and/or brings a cross-disciplinary perspective, are encouraged.   

Contact Johan Sandberg, or Malin Junestav, for more info on this call. 

Deadline: 29 February 2020, 4 pm
Further information  

The Church of Sweden: antiquarian funds for national knowledge development efforts

The call is connected to the national program for knowledge development related to the religious cultural heritage. The overarching goal is that the cultural heritage shall be preserved, be in use and be developed. Four different areas are currently prioritised (see further information), and The Church of Sweden is hoping that Swedish higher education institutions that are active within these same areas will be interested in participating in this initiative. Note that an application must be submitted by at least two organisations, one being a public institution or organization, or a unit within The Church of Sweden. 

Deadline: 29 February 2020
Further information (in Swedish)

Japan Scholarships 2020

Scholarships to conduct research or education in Japan.

Sasakawa Foundation  
The Swedish section of the Foundation invites organisations, institutions and individuals to apply for scholarships to enable research alternatively studies in Japan. Subject fields concerned: Sciences, Technology, Medicine, Social Sciences, Economy, Humanities (incl. Japanese) and Journalism. Stays in Japan may range from 1 week up to 1 year (April 2020 – March 2021). Applicant must have a firm affiliation to Sweden. Application to be sent electronically to 

Deadline: 1 March 2020
Further information

Sweden-Japan Foundation  
The Foundation invites applications to scholarships in support of research, studies, degree project and internship on higher education level in Japan. Stays should be at least 3 months (April 2020 – March 2021). Subject fields concerned: Technology, Sciences, Economics, Law, Medicine and Trade Sciences. Eligible to apply are students and younger researchers with a firm affiliation to Sweden. Application to be sent electronically to   

Deadline: 1 March 2020
Further information

The Hans Werthén Foundation: International scholarship

The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Hans Werthén Foundation grants scholarships for studies and research in the fields of sciences, technology, leadership, economy and law. Each year, the Foundation grants c. 15 applicants the opportunity to spend time in a qualified international environment. Grant amount is between 100 000-200 000 SEK. The applicant must have earned a Master’s degree, but preferably a PhD degree.  

Deadline: 2 March 2020
Further information (in Swedish)

ÅForsk Reseach grants and scholarships

The ÅForsk Foundation offers the following research grants:

  • Young researcher 
  • Collaborations academy and industry 
  • General research grant
Deadline: 2 March 2020
Further information

Vinnova: Information meeting on cooperation with India

Are you interested in research and innovation collaboration with India? Welcome to an info meeting with Vinnova.

Two exciting calls with India will open during the first quarter of 2020. Both in the area of Health with artificial intelligence (AI) as enabling technology. The projects will address health challenges and result in innovative and cost-effective solutions:

  • Bilateral call for proposals between Vinnova and the Department of Biotechnology, India.
  • European GlobalStars call for proposals between Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the Department of Biotechnology, India.

The meeting will focus on these calls plus the opportunity to apply for funding from Vinnova for research and innovation collaboration with India in different project constellations.

Date, time and venue: 4 March 2020 at 13:00-15:30. Mäster Samuelsgatan 56, Stockholm. There is a limited nr of seats available. 

Note that the first part of the meeting will be webcast in real time and will be possible to watch afterwards. The meeting will be held in Swedish. 

Further information

Opportunities with The Swedish Brain Foundation (Hjärnfonden)
Both of the below constitutes annual calls. 

Research grant 2020
The grant amounts to at least 600 000 SEK over 1-2 years. All research areas concerned with the Foundation’s areas of activity are welcomed. 

Deadline: 2 March 2020
Further information (in Swedish)

Post doctoral scholarships 2020
The scholarship amounts to 300 000 SEK per year over 2 years (full time or min. halftime). A status report is handed in after year 1. Applicants must have PhD from a Swedish university. 

Deadline:  8 June 2020
Further information (in Swedish)

Opportunities with the Swedish Brain Foundation (Hjärnfonden)

2020 Research Grant 
The Swedish Brain Foundation awards scholarships and grants to researchers and research groups to enable or enhance important research. Applications are now accepted to their annual research grant, which amounts to a minimum of 600 000 SEK across one or two years.    

Questions? Please contact
Further information (in Swedish)
Deadline: 2 March 

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.  

Further information (in Swedish)
Deadline: 8 June 2020
Hans Werthén Foundation: Scholarship for studies in an international setting 

The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences invites applications to the Hans Werthén Foundation, for funding of international studies. Every year 15 scholarships are awarded for a year of scientific work at the postdoc or doctoral candidate level or for MBA or LL.M studies in an international setting.

The scholarship is between SEK 100,000 and 200,000. The recipients, young talents in natural sciences, technology, leadership, economics or law, are to be between the ages of 25 and 35 and have at least an undergraduate degree, preferably a PhD. 

Deadline: 2 March 2020, use application portal  
Further information

EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) initiative

This transnational call invites proposals for ambitious, innovative, multinational and multidisciplinary collaborative research projects aimed at the development of novel and the advanced use of existing cutting-edge imaging and brain stimulation technologies related to neurodegenerative diseases. The total made available for this call is about 18 million euros. 

Deadline (pre-proposal): 3 March 2020
Further information

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond: Researcher-initiated FLEXIT-positions

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) announces grants for researcher-initiated Flexit positions at companies and other organisations within the private and public sectors and non-governmental organisations. Hence, as opposed to previous calls, all researchers are now welcome submit proposals for Flexit positions.

Read more about the changes in FLEXIT, and how to apply, in the call text.

Deadline: 5 March 2020

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.
Deadline: 16 March 2020

Opportunities with STINT currently open

Grants for Double Degree Programmes 
The aim of the programme is to internationalise and renew higher education at Swedish higher education institutions primarily on Bachelor and Master’s level but also on PhD level. Further information

Grants for Teaching Sabbaticals
The purpose of Grants for Teaching Sabbaticals is to develop Swedish higher education. This by giving Swedish researchers and university lecturers, who are passionate about education, international experiences relevant to their teaching role. Further information

Initiation Grants 
The purpose of STINT’s activity is to strengthen the competitiveness of Swedish universities and
colleges through the development of international relationships. Applications may be submitted continuously throughout the year. Further information

RSMH Research Scholarship 2020

The Swedish National Association for Social and Mental Health (RSMH) invites applications to their annual research scholarship, worth 40 000 SEK. Qualified to apply is someone who is conducting humanistic and social research focusing on how to improve quality of life for people suffering from mental ill-health. Especially encouraged to apply are younger researchers and PhD students that intend to use the scholarship as a career/project stepping-stone. The funding may not be used for travelling, translation or purchasing of IT-equipment.  

Send application to: RSMH, Att.: Kristina Båth, Instrumentvägen 10, 126 53 Hägersten or Include in your application:

Name, social security nr, postal adress, e-mail address
Academic degree, current occupation, workplace/institution
Short summary of the proposal incl. the basic idea, time plan, brief budget
Proposal, merits and references 

Further information: Contact Kristina Båth +46 8-12 00 80 41;
Deadline 30 March 2020.

The Siamon Foundation travelling grant

The Foundation annually grants scholarships within the fields of Political Science and Economics. Travelling grants for active participation in scientific conferences are prioritized. PhD students and Post doc level researchers are given priority.  

Deadline: 30 March 2020
Further information (in Swedish)

Lisa & Johan Grönbergs Foundation 

Lisa & Johan Grönbergs Foundation invites applications for their annual grants. This year’s theme is “endocrine tumors and illnesses, not diabetes”. Maximum grant amount (per grant) is 100 000 SEK. 

Please read the instructions on how to fill in the application form carefully. 

Further information (in Swedish)
Deadline: 31 March 

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. 

The call opens 15 March 2020. 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  

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

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

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 45 new ones that will be 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: 13 March, 29 May, 4 September, 6 November (15:00 applies to all the above).

Further information and Complete call text

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: 10 March 2020 Further information (in Swedish)

Sabbatical scholarships to facilitate Swedish senior researcher’s stay at a university abroad.
Next deadline: 10 March 2020. Further information (in Swedish)

Travelling grants, for shorter stays abroad and active participation in international congresses, symposia, workshops and courses. 
Next deadline: 10 March 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

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)

Additional info, events and seminars


LERU, Advice Paper: Towards a Research Integrity Culture at Universities: From Recommendations to Implementation

This advice paper measures to maintain and strengthen confidence in research, from handling lapses in integrity to strategies that raise research quality across the board. The paper identifies ways in which universities can develop a research integrity culture within their institutions. Further information and opportunity to download the full paper is found here

LERU, Artificial Intelligence Townhall meeting

Recently, several new developments of great societal importance came more prominently on the radar of the LERU members. One of these topics is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Various contacts between members from LERU universities and LERU Policy Officers illustrated a general need for structured information on EU policy and programmes and clarification how to deal with the challenges and opportunities regarding AI in an academic context. 

As a targeted approach, LERU organises an AI-Townhall meeting bringing together AI experts from all disciplines from LERU members, to reflect on key issues of research, education and innovation regarding AI.  The LERU Townhall meeting on AI will be hosted by KU Leuven on 6 May 2020 (09:00h – 16:00h), with a welcome drink reception on the evening of 5 May. 

The meeting will be open to all colleagues from LERU universities, whether they are member of a LERU group or not. The number of participants will be limited at 6 for each university, aiming at a balanced participation and taking into account practical constraints. 

Please save the date. Further info re registration to follow. 

Further LU support

LU Innovation’s funding assistance 

LU Innovation has various ways in which it can help fund research-based commercialization projects. For further information, please visit the website.

Legal Division

Many research projects are funded through grants or in some other way by an external party, such as another authority or a company. A contract is signed between the university and the external party as regards the terms of the funding (e.g. use of the funds, publication, rights to the results, liability, project organisation and management, etc.). Contact the Legal Division for e.g. legal advice, help with the evaluation of terms and the drafting of agreements, and support during negotiations. Further information and contact

Development Office

With the help of donations, we can can fund more research, education and other activities. Do you have contact with potential donors, or would like to discuss the possibility of donations to your particular research? Please contact the Development Office for further information.

Research ethics information

The website provides information on ethical guidelines and laws affecting the research process. The information is based on Swedish law and on regulations at Lund University. As an employee of Lund University, you also have access to research ethics support. Address any questions or queries to for advice and answers or to set up a meeting.

Lund University Libraries (LUB)

LUB is a university-wide network of libraries situated in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg. The University Library's research communications office works to support the various stages of the research publication process.   

Beware of ‘open access’ scam!

See list of grey zone OA publishing houses

LU funding for the article processing cost in open access journals

Lund University support authors publishing in OA journals (PLoS, BioMed Central, Hindawi etc) by covering 50 % of the article processing charge.
More information  

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