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Research Funding News 2 2019

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.

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
Starting Grant (researchers awarded their PhD 2-7 years prior to 1 January 2019):                
Deadline: Closed

Consolidator Grant (researchers awarded their PhD 7-12 years prior to 1 January 2019):
Deadline: Closed

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

Synergy Grant (for groups of 2-4 Principal Investigators):
Deadline: Closed

Proof of Concept Grants (for ERC grant holders):
Deadline: 22 January, 25 April, 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.

ERC Advanced Grants panel member seminar

In preparation for the ERC Advanced Grant call 2019, Research Services invites researchers who are planning to submit a proposal to a seminar with LU researchers who have served on ERC evaluation panels. The panel members will present their views on what makes an AdG project competitive. There will also be ample opportunities for discussion and questions.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday 12 June, from 10.00 to 12.00 at Gamla Biskopshuset, Biskopsgatan 1, Lund.

Register for the panel member seminar via this link no later than 3 June.

ERC Consolidator Grants workshop 9 September save the date

Get an overview and practical information on the ERC Consolidator Grants scheme, a deeper understanding of the proposal format and the key issues relating to planning, writing and costing a proposal.

MSCA calls 2019

Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
Deadline: January 2020 (call 2020)

Individual Fellowships (IF)
Deadline: 11 September 2019

Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
Deadline: 2 April 2019

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

See further information

Contact Research Services for support.

Invitation to MSCA Individual Fellowships workshop call 2019

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 11 September 2018 can apply.
The workshop is run by Kwintessence, a consultancy firm with extensive experience in running MSCA workshops and in pre-submission review of MSCA grants.
Two options are available: 1) An onsite, interactive workshop. This is the recommended option. 2) Online access to recorded parts of the workshop to watch at your convenience (excluding the interactive elements). This option is primarily for fellows who live abroad and do not have the possibility to travel to Lund for the workshop.
  • Time and location for onsite workshop: 21 May 9.00-16.30, at Palaestra, room 105, Lund.
  • The online version will be available after the workshop for those who cannot attend the onsite version and have received confirmation about this.
  • The workshop will be held in English. Attendance/access is free of charge.
  • In order to participate either onsite or online, participants must submit a one-page synopsis of the project, and the fellow’s CV no later than 16 May.
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 11 September 2019.
The submission deadline is 11 September 2019.
Register via this link no later than 13 May 2019. You can register for the online version of the workshop after this deadline, by contacting Teresia Rindefjäll via e-mail (, stating the fellow’s and supervisor’s name.

Other MSCA activities 2019 at Lund University 

  • 18 June: drop in session at Pufendorfinstitutet 13.00-15.00. Welcome and ask Research Services questions about your proposal for Individual Fellowships (outgoing and incoming fellows and supervisors)! You may of course contact us any time via phone or e-mail if you cannot attend the drop-in session. 
  • 17 September: ITN workshop. More information and registration link to follow.
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)

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

Other information, events and seminars

Information meeting: Project applications to the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (medicine, science and technology)  
May 13, 10–12 am in the Pufendorf auditorium (room 104), Biskopsgatan 3, Lund
Faculty of Engineering LTH, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science and Research Services
The meeting will be held in English. Registration before 8 May. Welcome!
Registration for the seminar here
Further information on the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

Career development for academic staff
In order to attract, retain and develop employees, Lund University has highlighted a series of career opportunities for academic staff. The 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 postdocs and others for research team leaders.
Further information

Funding opportunities 

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

LU faculties’ information on funding
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Engineering LTH
Faculty of Medicine

School of Economics
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Humanities and Theology
Faculty of Law
Travel and research grants at Lund University

Funding opportunities – find more in Research Professional!

STIAS Fellowships for Swedish researchers (all areas) Sydafrika
Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study STIAS i Sydafrika är ett fristående men med Stellenbosch University nära lierat forskningsinstitut vid vilket framstående forskare inbjuds att vistas 1-3 månader eller mer. Tanken är att i en stimulerande miljö få tid att ostört arbeta med sin egen forskning. Marianne och Marcus Wallenbergs stiftelse finansierar fellowships vid STIAS för svenska forskare. Fellows ska vistas vid STIAS minst en månad, gärna 3 månader eller mer, men det behöver inte vara sammanhängande. Fellowships vid STIAS erhålls genom inbjudan från STIAS ledning, men MMW kan nominera svenska forskare för inbjudan. Intresserade uppmanas kontakta professor Kåre Bremer,, telefon 0733-669169. För mer information om vistelse vid STIAS kontakta gärna någon av de LU forskare som varit där: Christopher Edling, Anna Hultgårdh, Lars Larsson, Jan Nilsson, Erik Svensson, Sven Åberg
Mer information om STIAS

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: any time
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 and nomination form

Romanusfonden: Bidrag till vetenskaplig forskning avseende uppfinnandets natur
Stiftelsen för Främjande av Uppfinnarverksamhet (SfU) finansierar vetenskaplig forskning avseende uppfinnandets natur och de olika arbetsmoment som ingår i en uppfinnings utveckling från uppfinnaridén till en praktisk brukbar produkt. Ansökan kan när som helst sändas till stiftelsens kansli, besluten fattas löpande 2-3 gånger under året.
Mer information

IMI – Innovative Medicines Initiative: Forthcoming call
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. The following topics are under consideration for inclusion in the next IMI Call for proposals (IMI2-Call17): *Optimising future obesity treatment *Open access chemogenomics library and chemical probes for the druggable genome *Intelligent prediction and identification of environmental risk posed by human medicinal products
Further information
Vinnova: Forthcoming call
Within fourteen months, PRE-LEAP-RE will prepare a European Joint Programme (EJP). It will set the foundation for future collaborative African Union-European Union activities in the field of renewable energy (RE). Vinnova invites members for a reference group to plan the future program and who will be part of it.
Further information

Vinnova - digital säkerhet och tillförlitlighet
Vinnova bidrar till att stärka Sveriges innovationsförmåga för hållbar tillväxt. Det gör vi främst genom att finansiera forsknings- och innovationsprojekt. Utlysningen riktar sig till er som vill förverkliga ett innovationsprojekt med fokus på digital säkerhet och tillförlitlighet. Målet med projektet ska vara att skapa prototyper inom teknikområdena digital identitet respektive blockkedjor och som kan demonstreras inom projekttiden. Ni kan söka mellan 500 000 och 2 000 000 kronor i bidrag och stödnivån är maximalt 80 procent. Projekttiden är maximalt 15 månader.
Deadline: 17 May 2019 
Further information

Vinnova - digital säkerhet och digital infrastruktur
Vinnova bidrar till att stärka Sveriges innovationsförmåga för hållbar tillväxt. Det gör vi främst genom att finansiera forsknings- och innovationsprojekt. Utlysningen kan hjälpa till att finansiera genomförbarhetsstudier inom områdena digital säkerhet och digital infrastruktur, som stärker svenska aktörers möjligheter till internationell uppkoppling. Syftet är att öka antalet internationella projekt där svenska parter ingår som deltagare eller som koordinatorer. Studierna ska analysera projektens styrkor, svagheter, möjligheter och hinder samt identifiera de resurser som krävs för att projektet ska bli en framgång. Varje genomförbarhetsstudie kan söka upp till 500 000 kronor.
Deadline: 17 May 2019
Further information

Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten (SSM) har uppdraget att initiera och stödja nationell kompetens inom myndighetens verksamhetsområden, däribland områdena interndosimetri och strålskydd.

* SSM utlyser härmed medel för forskning inom interndosimetri med maximalt 800 000 kr (fördelat under 2019 och 2020). Utlysningen riktar sig till svenska universitet, högskolor och institut.

* SSM utlyser härmed medel för forskning inom radioekologi med maximalt 1 000 000 kr (fördelat under 2019 och 2020). Utlysningen riktar sig till svenska universitet, högskolor och institut.

Deadline: 22 maj 2019
Mer information

Horizon Impact Award
The award aims to show the wider socio-economic benefits of EU investment in research and innovation. The award enables individuals or teams to showcase their best practices and achievements. The prize will celebrate the best outcomes and the people who made them happen. These projects must have been funded by FP7 and Horizon 2020 funding programmes and they must be closed by the time of application. Each of the five winners will receive €10 000 at the award ceremony during the European Research and Innovation days in Brussels in September.
Deadline: 28 May 2019
Further information

Sveriges A-kassor
Känner du till forskare som har publicerat arbeten kopplade till arbetslöshet, arbetsmarknad eller arbetslöshetsförsäkringen under 2017-2019? Välkommen att nominera dem till ett pris som delas ut av vårt forskningsråd. Sveriges A-kassor delar ut 75 000kr till forskning om arbetslöshet.
Deadline: 29 maj 2019
Mer information

Nordic Forest Research (SNS) and the Forest Bioeconomy Network (former EFINORD)
SNS and the Forest Bioeconomy Network announces a joint call for applications to fund annual networks. Our particular focus this time is extreme weather events, however you are welcome to apply for networking activities that cover topics within sustainable forest management in a growing bioeconomy, maintenance and utilization of ecosystem services or climate change mitigation and adaptation. A network is funded over the course of one year and the applied amount per network should be approximately 100 000-200 000 SEK. Networks are expected to co-finance at least 50% of the total budget.
Deadline: 1 June 2019
Further information

NordForsk - Sustainable Urban Development and Smart Cities

NordForsk; the Academy of Finland; Formas, the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development; Forte, the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare; the Swedish Energy Agency and the Research Council of Norway are issuing a call for proposals under the Nordic Research Programme on Sustainable Urban Development and Smart Cities. The call has a budget of NOK 50 million.
Deadline: 4 June 2019
Further information

Stiftelsen Lantbruksforskning – konkurrenskraftig och hållbar lantbruksnäring
Stiftelsen Lantbruksforskning utlyser härmed medel för forsknings- och utvecklingsprojekt inom stiftelsens fyra fokusområden, *Energi & biomassa, *Företagande, *Klimat & miljö, *Klimat & miljö. Stiftelsen beviljar medel till projekt som stärker lantbruksnäringens konkurrenskraft och hållbarhet.
Deadline: 13 juni 2019
Mer information

Jeanssons Stiftelser – medical research
The Jeansson Foundations is annually providing start-up research grants within medical research for 500 000 SEK each and, in total, 4-7 M SEK. We prioritize researchers with a PhD that has postdoctoral experience and that are setting up their own research group. The applicant should have a position connected to a university and have received a PhD year 2013 or later.
Deadline: 14 June 2019
Further information

Afa försäkring – Postdoc-stöd inom rehabilitering och återgång i arbete
Arbetsmarknadens parter finansierar genom AFA Försäkring forskning och utveckling om arbetsmiljö och hälsa. Ett exempel på det är vårt postdoc-stöd. Årets stöd riktar sig till dig som forskar inom rehabilitering och återgång i arbete och är på 2 miljoner kronor.
Deadline: 17 juni 2019
Mer information

BFUF – the Swedish hospitality sector’s own tool for research and innovation
The aim of BFUF (the R&D Fund of the Swedish Tourism & Hospitality Industry) is to promote scientific research and innovation within the hospitality sector. Every year we advertise research funds for research projects that contribute to the development of the sector. The hospitality sector is made up of several segments of which the largest are hotels, restaurants, other accommodation, transport and retail. BFUF contributes with up to 1000 000 SEK per year, two years max. PhD needed.
Award 2019: *Equality within the Hospitality Industry, and *”Open Trail”
Deadline: 18 June 2019 
Further information

STINT- Stiftelsen för internationalisering av högre utbildning och forskning
Internationalisering av högre utbildning och forskning bygger främst på långsiktiga målmedvetna ansträngningar men ibland är det dock viktigt att kunna agera snabbt när tillfället ges. Initiation Grants ges för genomförandet av kortvariga projekt som syftar till uppbyggnaden av nya och strategiskt intressanta internationella relationer.
Deadline (kan sökas flera gånger per år): 3 september och 5 november 2019
Mer information

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

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

Wenner-Gren Stiftelserna
De olika Wenner-Gren stiftelserna stödjer internationellt vetenskapligt utbyte. Flera möjliga stipendier finns tillgängliga :* Postdoktorstipendier för utbildning i Sverige (utländska postdoktorer).
* Gästforskarstipendier, underlätta för utländska seniora forskare att verka i Sverige.
* Sabbatsstipendier, möjliggöra för svensk senior forskare, att verka vid utländsk vetenskaplig institution.
* Resestipendier, för kortare tids besök utomlands för aktivt deltagande i internationella kongresser, symposier, workshops och kurser.
Deadline: 1 oktober 2019
Mer information

Find funding opportunities

RESEARCH PROFESSIONAL - 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.

Website and login

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

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 Forskningsservice

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 www. 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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