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Research Funding News 3 2019

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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.

ERC Consolidator Grants workshop and individual consultations

The workshop
Research Services invites you to a Consolidator Grants workshop on 9 September. The workshop is run by Yellow Research, a consultancy firm with extensive experience in running ERC workshops and in pre-submission review of ERC Grants. 

The workshop is open for those planning to apply for an ERC CoG grant in the upcoming call as well as those interested in applying for an ERC grant further on. Attendance is free of charge. The workshop will be held in English. 
Date: Monday 9 September 2019, between 9.00 and 12.30.
Venue: Hörsalen, Pufendorfinstitutet, Biskopsgatan 3, Lund
Individual consultations
Opportunities for individual consultations with the Yellow Research consultant will be offered on 9 September in the afternoon, for researchers planning to apply for an ERC Consolidator Grant in the 2020 call. 

Further information
Please register before 20 August


Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) workshop 17 September 

The workshop will provide ITN applicants with valuable information and input for writing a competitive H2020 MSCA ITN proposal. 

The workshop will be held in English. Attendance is free of charge. Max 12 participants, those applicants who will coordinate and plan to submit a proposal in call 2020 (preliminary deadline 9 Jan 2020) will be prioritised if the interest exceeds the number of available places. If you have a general interest only, you may participate in the overview session 8.30-9.15.

For whom: Lund University researchers who plan to submit an ITN proposal in call 2020
Lecturer: Accelopment, a consultancy firm with extensive MSCA experience

Time: 17 September 2019, 8.30-15.00 followed by group meetings 15.15-18.30
Location: TBA
Contact: Teresia Rindefjäll, 

Details: All participants are required to submit a project outline by 3 September according to a template provided by Research Services.

Registration: Register via this link by 23 August 2018. 

Workshop information
More information about MSCA-ITN: MSCA-ITN website

European Research and Innovation Days

24-26 September 2019, Brussels 
European Research and Innovation Days is the first annual policy event of the European Commission, bringing together stakeholders to debate and shape the future research and innovation landscape.

The European Research and innovation Days will provide opportunities for stakeholders to come together, deepen the dialogue and work across sectors and disciplines to help plan Horizon Europe and to co-create and build the strategic priorities for the first 4 years of Horizon Europe. 

More about European Research and Innovation days

Registration is open for everyone and Research Services will be represented there. If you have any specific interests that you would like us to monitor, please do get in touch before Friday 13 September: 

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. If you have been planning an application, we recommend that you consider submitting it before the end of the Work Programme.

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. We also arrange seminars and workshops on H2020 sub-programs, they will be posted on our webpage and in this newsletter. 
We have thematic email lists where you will receive the specific work programmes and latest information on the sub-programme directly. Register here.
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

Current Horizon 2020 issues

ERC calls 2019
Advanced Grant (established researchers):
Deadline: 29 August 2019

Proof of Concept Grants (for ERC grant holders):
Deadline: 19 September 2019

ERC calls 2020 (preliminary deadlines)
Starting Grant (researchers awarded their PhD 2-7 years prior to 1 January 2020):                
Deadline: 16 October 2019 

Consolidator Grant (researchers awarded their PhD 7-12 years prior to 1 January 2020):
Deadline: 4 February 2020

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

Synergy Grant (for groups of 2-4 Principal Investigators):
Deadline: 5 November 2019

Proof of Concept Grants (for ERC grant holders):
Deadline: 22 January, 23 April, 17 September 2020

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

MSCA calls 2019

Individual Fellowships (IF)
Deadline: 11 September 2019

Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND)
Deadline: 26 September 2019
Further information

Contact Research Services for support.

MSCA calls 2020 (preliminary deadlines)

Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
Deadline: 9 January 2020 

Individual Fellowships (IF)
Deadline: 9 September 2020

Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
Deadline: 7 April 2020

Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND)
Deadline: 29 September 2020
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.
The Swedish Energy Agency
If you are planning a H2020 proposal with relevance for sustainable energy systems you may apply for a planning grant from the Swedish Energy Agency. This includes both collaborative projects (partner or coordinator), ERC proposals, Marie Curie Individual Fellowships etc. The application must be registered and received no later than six weeks before the deadline for the call.
Further information (only in Swedish) Call text (in Swedish)

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

Third country participation in H2020

UK in Horizon 2020 - Situation after the UK Referendum
There are no changes for the UK participation in H2020 as long as UK is an EU member or for on-going projects. The UK treasury guarantees EU funding for UK researchers in ongoing projects beyond the exit date. For further information and updates, consult the Universities UK webpage.

Co-funded projects with India within Horizon 2020
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India in collaboration with the European Commission will co-fund certain collaborative projects under Horizon 2020. For more information pelase contact
Further information

News: Swedish funding bodies

News from the Swedish funding bodies working group at Research Services

KAW takes steps towards leveling gender balance in project grants

Information well worth to bear in mind when planning your application to KAW: Research projects with high scientific potential

A letter has been received from the Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation, informing that the Foundation – starting in 2020 – will work from a new criterion to ensure that, initially, a minimum 30 % of the Principal Investigators in KAW projects are female. 

Note that no new rule will be instituted for the international review process; instead the Foundation have confidence that the universities themselves to a larger extent will come to nominate strong research teams led by female PI:s. 

Over the course of 2021-2022, the ambition is to increase the above number to 35 %. The goal is to reach 40 % female PI:s in 2023. 

Up to 660 million SEK dedicated WASP HS

The Wallenberg Foundations continues to make major investments following the ongoing technology shift (sometimes known as the fourth industrial revolution). 

Earlier this year, news reached us that through the foundation of WASP-Humanities and Society, the Wallenberg Foundations would broaden their AI research investment. The original investment flagged concerned at least 300 million SEK, but it was recently announced that the amount could come to reach more than the double, 660 million SEK. This extensive WASP-HS venture will be made possible thanks to the joint effort of the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation Marcus and the Amalia Wallenberg Foundation. 

As previously announced, research within WASP-HS will come to include, but is not limited to - Ethics and autonomous systems and AI, - Economy of autonomous systems and AI, -Law for autonomous systems and AI, - Social consequences, including effects on the labor market of autonomous systems and AI, - Improved information systems for autonomous systems and AI

The aim with the WASP program is to place Sweden at the international forefront in the research fields of AI, Autonomous Systems and Software. 

Visit the WASP website  
Read more about WASP at the KAW website (in Swedish) 

Information meeting: Project applications to MAW & MMW – save the date(s)!

We are currently planning the annually recurring information meeting on project applications to the Marianne & Marcus Wallenberg Foundation (incl. projects on AI and Autonomous Systems) and the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation. 

This meeting will take place during week 41, i.e. the workweek 7-11 October. Please keep an eye out the exact day and time in our next newsletter. Meanwhile, save the date(s). 


Funding opportunities: Stay up to date!

Regularly visit the below valuable links to get the latest on open and upcoming calls connected to Swedish government funding bodies and other larger foundations.

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

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

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

Travel and research grants at Lund University

Current calls & fellowships

A Selection: Please also visit Research Professional for the latest opportunities

Reminder: Swedish Fund for Research Without Animal Experiments
Project grants applications for 2020 are open – please note the deadline: 27 June 2019 16:00.

Please note that this specific call concerns new projects only. Please also 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.
Further information (in Swedish)

IMI – Innovative Medicines Initiative
IMI is a partnership between the European Union and the European pharmaceutical industry. IMI facilitates open collaboration in research to advance the development of, and accelerate patient access to, personalised medicines for the health and wellbeing of all, especially in areas of unmet medical need. Read more about the IMI funding model. 
Call dates: 
IMI’s next Calls for proposals are currently planned for 26 June 2019. This date is indicative and may change. 
IMI2 - Calls 18 & 19 (and longer term): For topics that are under consideration for inclusion in the next IMI Call for proposals, please visit the IMI Future topics webpage

Call for grants: Research on Celiac disease
The Swedish Coeliac Association Research Fund (Svenska Celiakiförbundets Forskningsfond) annually contributes to Swedish Research aimed at increasing our knowledge on celiac disease. The last few years, contributions worth around 500 000 SEK has been granted.  
In order to apply, the project must be performed at a Swedish university or in the Swedish healthcare sector.
Deadline: 25 August 2019
Further information (in Swedish)

Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet)
Current calls with deadlines 27 August 2019 14:00

Project grant: Röntgen Ångström
Further information
Project grant: Planning of Clinical Therapy Research 
Further information
Research environment grant within clinical therapy research
Further information

Funding for research on agricultural- and environmental techniques
The JTI Foundation together with Swedish farmers’ foundation for agricultural research (Stiftelsen Lantbruksforskning) will, come September, begin to announce funding opportunities for research and development projects in the field of agricultural- and environmental techniques. In total, 50 MSEK will be available up until 2027. 
Further information to follow

The Kamprad Family Foundation: Call for environmental research
The Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Research and Charity invites researchers to apply for funding in the environmental research field. The foundation’s yearly research call focuses on new solutions to complex environmental challenges. This is a challenge that concerns a broad range of scientific disciplines and social sectors, and the involvement of many different actors. The Kamprad Family Foundation focuses especially on the following criteria: - Environmental benefits, - Systems innovation, - Joint production, - Entrepreneurship. Parts of the funds available will be granted project where the environmental benefits connects to sustainable architecture, design and interior design. 

Read more about the call including all concerned dates and deadlines (in Swedish).
Deadline (step 1): 12 September 2019.   

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency: Funding for environmental research projects
- Call for research funding directed towards Cumulative effects
- Call for research funding directed to Wetland ecosystem services
Deadline: 3 September 2019
Further information

Sweden-America Foundation Fellowships 
The Sweden-America Foundation now accepts applications for the 2020/2021 Fellowship Program, cash grants, to support Graduate, Postgraduate and Post Doc Studies in the USA and Canada. Please note that only Swedish citizens with a completed undergraduate degree are eligible to apply. 
Deadline: 13 September 2019

Further information (in Swedish)

Exploratory Pre-Seed Programme
LU Innovation invites applications for funding to bridge the gap between basic research and innovation/utilization of research results. The call is open for projects within Life Science and in Tech. The main applicant must be a researcher or PhD student employed at Lund University. Granted proposals receive funding up to 300 000 SEK per project.
Deadline: 15 September 2019

Further information

Funding available for research on alcohol and public health
Every year, the Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (Systembolagets Alkoholforskningsråd) funds a number of research projects connected to the Social Sciences and public health issues, as well as research aimed at preventing alcohol induced injuries. The yearly call is now open, and the Council encourages younger researchers to apply. 
Deadline: 15 September 2019
Further information (in Swedish)

Call for ANDT project funding 2020 now open
The call is open to those that wish to contribute to the development of new knowledge as a basis for health promoting and preventive work connected to the use of alcohol, narcotics, doping and tobacco. 
Deadline: 16 September, 2019

Further information

Mistra, The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) invites research groups, jointly with other stakeholders in the community, to submit proposals for a new research programme. Its purpose is to find ways to resolve the question of how to develop a sustainable, competitive, profitable and innovative Swedish food system by 2030. Mistra’s financial contribution is up to 80% of the total programme budget, but maximum 64 million SEK.
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Further information

Stiftelsen Samariten: grants and scholarships
The Foundation provides research grants and scholarships in support of projects concerned with child health care. The grants are meant to primarily support newly established research projects with high clinical relevance in the field of pediatrics, that does not receive funding from larger funding bodies such as VR, EU, the Swedish Childhood Cancer Fund, or similar. Applications for funding to arrange scientific symposia are also welcomed. Contact: Kristin Mattsson at 
Deadline: 14 October 2019
Further information

Viking Olov Björk’s scholarship in applied biomaterial research
Viking Olov Björk’s scholarship supports research in the intersection between medical technology and its close to clinical applications. This covers research and development within such areas as tissue engineering, nanotechnology or biomaterial research. The scholarship is to be given to 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 proceeds should be used to finance the recipient’s costs for a longer visit to a high ranking international research institute. The visit shall be commenced within a year after the funding.

Researcher with employment at, or other similar strong collaborative link with Uppsala University shall prevail. Such link requires a well witnessed, and the year before application established collaboration in a research project that has Uppsala University as principal organization.

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. A brief written travelogue shall be sent to the Office for Medicine and Pharmacy within six months after return from the stay abroad.

Full applications received by the Office for Medicine and Pharmacy in a digital form under the address not later than September 30, 2019 are considered.

The application shall be submitted in the form of one single pdf file. Mark the application mail subject line ”Viking Olov Björk’s scholarship”.

Running calls & fellowships

STINT Initiation Grants
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 2019 deadlines for assessment of received applications: September 3, 15:00 and November 5, 15:00
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 2019 Further information (in Swedish)

Guest researcher scholarships to facilitate non-Swedish senior researcher’s stay in Sweden 
Deadline: 1 October 2019 / 10 March 2020 Further information (in Swedish)

Sabbatical scholarships to facilitate Swedish senior researcher’s stay at a university abroad.
Next deadline: 1 October 2019 / 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: 1 October 2019 / 10 March 2020 Further information (in Swedish)

Wenner-Gren Fellows: 3 year post doc scholarships 
Next deadline: 31 January 2020. 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. 

Further information (incl. further links and application details)

Those interested in this opportunity area sked to contact Professor Kåre Bremer,, 0733-669169. For more info about the stay, you are welcome to contact one of the previous LU STIAS Fellows: Christopher Edling, Anna Hultgårdh, Lars Larsson, Jan Nilsson, Erik Svensson, Sven Åberg


Find funding via Research Professional

RESEARCH PROFESSIONAL is a database for funding opportunities
Search for funding opportunities, set up your personalized account to get email notifications on funding opportunities that match your research profile.

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Vinnova: Search function to find Vinnova calls
Further information (in Swedish)

Information on LU 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

Other information, events and seminars

Registration open for autumn 2019: Career development for academic staff

Did you know that Lund University organises a series of career development opportunities for academic staff? Our career development activities are offered in English and the vast majority are free of charge, both for individuals and departments. Some activities are suitable for doctoral students, some for staff in postdoctoral positions and others for research team leaders. 
Further information

Contact: Åsa Thormählen at the Learning and Development office.

LU support

Research Services (Forskningsservice) funding assistance

Research Services give support to researchers concerning external research funding. We have a specific responsibility for the European Framework Programmes and American federal funding where we give support during the grant process, including advice and information on funding opportunities, preparation of applications, budget and reporting etc. We also work with the strategic research funding initiatives (e.g. Linné and SFO) and the grants of the Wallenberg foundations.
Please find contact information on the Forskningsservice (Research Services) webpages.

LU Innovation’s funding assistance 

LU Innovation has various ways in which it can help fund research-based commercialisation projects. The assistance facilitates early assessment of the market potential of research findings. Applications are made in consultation with business developers at LU Innovation.
  • Test assistance is used to quickly and simply test whether an idea has commercial potential. The funding, up to SEK 15 000, is allocated from LU Innovation and can be regarded as relatively free petty cash with which to make early assessments of an idea – for example novelty assessment, early market analysis or external evaluation of a project’s commercial potential.
  • Verification for Collaboration (VFS) is a grant to encourage collaboration between the academia and society i.e. public organisations, non-profit organisations/trusts and companies. The grant offers support of up to 150 000 SEK to initiate new collaborative projects.
  • Verification for Growth (VFT) comprises funding from the Vinnova programme Verifiering för Tillväxt. The funding, up to SEK 300 000, can for example be used to verify production method, for costs of patents and/or trademark protection and for technical verification.
  • Accelerator assistance is to help projects that have clear market potential to come closer to the market and paying customers. The assistance is up to a maximum of SEK 300 000 and aims to finance the time required for the company to succeed in getting onto the market, i.e. the originator of the idea working on the project or the appointment of a person to work operationally.
For more information about the financial assistance, please contact Mattias Esbjörnsson or 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. Regardless of how a project is financed, a contract is signed between the university and the external party as regards the terms of the funding. The contract may cover the use of the funds, publication, rights to the results, liability, project organisation and management and so on. The lawyers in Legal Department help you evaluate whether the terms benefit your project and the university. If necessary, we can also help draft agreements and in negotiations with the funding body. You can obtain legal advice in most areas regarding research projects. If a consortium agreement is to be written in an application to an EU Framework Programme, this should be done during the agreement negotiation phase.  The Legal Department provides templates and support in these negotiations. Please find contact information at Legal Services Office.

Development Office

With the help of donations, we can can fund more research, education and other activities. Donations have become an important addition to public funding and can be critical to continued success. 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. You will also find contact details for people, institutions and public authorities with particular responsibility for answering questions on research ethics regulations. 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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