Project Research Grant aims to give you, the researcher, an opportunity to solve a defined research objective. The Swedish Research Council funds basic research of the highest scientific quality and promotes research collaboration and the exchange of experience.
ApplicantApplicants for Project Research Grant are individual researchers who serve as the project leader and have the scientific responsibility for the project. The project leader must dedicate at least 20% of his/her time to the project. If the grant application includes funding for equipment, the applicant has primary responsibility for the equipment and its scientific use.
Co-workers are those researchers, with a doctoral degree, most relevant to the implementation of the proposed project.
Required qualifications You must hold a Swedish doctoral degree, or equivalent foreign degree, awarded no later than the closing date for applications in this call.
Grant periodA Project Research Grant is awarded for a maximum of 5 years.
Costs and grant amountThe grant can be used to cover any type of project-related cost, e.g. salaries, travel (including visits to research facilities), publications and equipment. The grant may not be used for scholarships.
If the project involves a doctoral student, project funding may not be used to pay salary for the time that the doctoral student is teaching or participating in postgraduate education.
Continuation grantsIf you have a project that has not been concluded, and for which a final report has not been submitted, you must attach a preliminary report (Appendix a8) describing the project´s progress to date. Please note that this preliminary report does not substitute for the obligatory final report.
AdministrationThe grants are normally administered by a Swedish university or higher education institution, or another public organisation in Sweden engaged in research (administrative entity).
The Swedish Research Council requires that a final financial report be submitted for every grant. Starting with the 2011 round of applications, we will check to confirm that the project leader has submitted a final financial report from every previous grant received. This check will be done on April 19th. If a final financial report is missing, the current application will be rejected. If you have questions concerning the financial report, please contact your representative of the administrative entity.
Note! This applies to final reports dated 31 March 2011 or earlier.
Employer and terms of employmentProject leaders of grants financed by the Swedish Research Council must be employed by the administrative entity, unless the Swedish Research Council and the administrative entity agree otherwise. However, you do not need to be employed at the time you submit your application. If the project leader has another employer, the employer must approve his/her participation. By signing Appendix S, the administrative entity´s representative confirms its commitment.
Special areas for project research grantsThe Swedish Research Council has a responsibility to support special areas needing particular attention. Applications not awarded grants in these special areas compete in the usual manner for Project research grants. In this call, grants are available for the following special areas:
Application contentThe application, which should be written in English, must contain the following:
- Popular science description
- Budget information
- Research programme (Appendix A)
- CV (Appendix B)
- Publication list (Appendix C)
- Signatures (Appendix S)
If you have a project that has not been concluded, and for which a final report has not been submitted, you must also attach:
- Preliminary report of the project: (Appendix a8)
Other appendixes may be required in certain cases, see below:
- Globalisation of society (Appendix a7)
- Linking the molecules of life (Appendix b1)
SummaryThe summary of the research programme should contain a brief description of:
- what will be done
- how the research will be conducted, what scientific methods will be used
- what is important about the planned research.
The text should quickly orient the reader to the purpose and implementation of the research. Write in a style that allows people from other research backgrounds to easily comprehend the information.
Fill in the summary on the form in the application system.
Popular science descriptionDescribe the project in a popular science style so that even those who are not familiar with the topic can understand.
- Describe what will be done and why.
- Emphasise the basic research.
- Explain in what way the new knowledge can be important.
The popular science description is an important tool when the Swedish Research Council informs others about the research we finance. If we award funding for your application we have the right to use the description for informational purposes.
Fill in the popular science description on the form in the application system. The popular science description as well as your address should be written in Swedish.
Budget informationIndicate the amount (including both direct and indirect project-related costs) budgeted for salaries and other project costs.
Equipment applied for within the project should be included in the total acquisition costs for the year you intend to acquire it. Depreciation costs for equipment cannot be included.
Fill in the budget information on the form provided in the application system. Note: Use thousand Swedish kronor (SEK 1000s) to indicate the amounts.
Research programme (Appendix A)Appendix A must present a brief but complete description of the research objective (maximum of ten A4 pages, including references). Please note that any pages beyond the number allowed will not be considered in the evaluation.
The research programme, including other appendixes, should be written in English since the Swedish Research Council uses international reviewers.
The research programme must include the following information, under separate headings:
- Purpose and aims. Present the overall purpose and specific goals of the research project (or equivalent).
- Survey of the field. Summarise your own and others´ research and previous findings in the research field. Provide key references.
- Project description. Summarise the project´s design. Describe theory, methods, timetable, implementation and co-workers (if any) function in the project.
- Significance. Describe the project´s significance to the research field.
- Preliminary results. Describe your own experiments and prestudies in the research field.
- Part of project cost. Indicate the percentage of the total project cost that you are requesting from the Swedish Research Council, per year.
- Budget. Motivate shortly each post in your budget.
Present the following under a special heading, if relevant to the application:
- Equipment. Describe the basic equipment for the project that you and your group have at your disposal.
- International and national collaboration. Describe the collaboration that you and your group have with foreign and Swedish researchers and research groups. Report on international collaboration that you participate in, or are associated with, through your research. You may use project research grants from the Swedish Research Council to co-finance EU projects with corresponding orientations within the Seventh Framework Programme. If you are planning such collaboration, account for this in the research programme.
- Ethical considerations. Present the ethical issues that the project (or equivalent) faces, and describe how they will be addressed in your research.
- Other grants. Describe funding awarded to other participating researchers (those listed on the application form) and list any grants requested from other funders of importance to the project. If you intend to seek multiple project research grants, or have been awarded project research grants from any areas of the Swedish Research Council, the research programme must clarify the relationship between these projects. Describe your motivation for submitting one or more additional applications.
CV/Scientific qualifications (Appendix B)You must submit a cv for yourself and any co-workers (maximum of two A4 pages per cv). List your publications separately in Appendix C. Specify under the following numbered headlines, in this order:
- Higher education degree(s) (year, subject area)
- Doctoral degree (year, discipline/subject area, dissertation title, and supervisor).
- Postdoctoral work (year and placement).
- Qualifications as research fellow/associate professor (year).
- Current position, period of appointment, share of time spent in research.
- Previous positions and periods of appointment (specify type of position).
- Interruptions in research. Indicate if active research time has been interrupted to the extent that it affected the opportunity to acquire qualifications, e.g. by parental leave, illness, clinical internship/residency, positions of trust in trade union organisations and student organisations, or other similar reasons. Specify the reason(s) and give the time and dates of the interruption.
- Individuals who have completed their doctoral degree under your supervision (name, year of disputation [i.e. oral public defence of PhD thesis]) or postdoctoral period under your main supervision.
Lastly, provide other information of importance to the application.
Items that do not apply to you should be left blank.
Publication list (Appendix C)Attach a list of your publications for the past 8 years, marking the five most important publications with an asterisk (*). Categorise the publications under the numbered headings, in the following order:
- Peer-reviewed articles
- Peer-reviewed conference contributions (the results of which are not presented in other publications)
- Review articles, book chapters, books
- Patents (give date and registration)
- Open access computer programs that you have developed
- Popular science articles/presentations
Note! Include only articles (or equivalent) that have been published or accepted for publication.
Signatures (Appendix S)Appendix S is generated automatically when you register your application. Print out Appendix S and sign it. Appendix S must also be signed by the department head (or equivalent) of the institution where the research will be conducted. The signatures confirm that:
- the described research, position, and equipment will be allocated space in the institution during the time and extent described in the research programme
- the institution approves the cost estimate presented in the application
- you have reported your side-line occupations and commercial ties, and nothing has emerged that would conflict with good research practice.
- necessary permission and approval have been granted to the project, e.g. regarding ethical review.
You must discuss the above points with the representative of the administrative entity before he/she approves and signs the application. The administrative entity is responsible for assuring that the project complies with the terms and conditions established by Swedish legislation.
Send Appendix S by regular mail to the Swedish Research Council.
Remember! Appendix S, complete with signatures, must be received by the Swedish Research Council not later than 3 working days after the closing date for applications.
You will find the address and closing date for applications in the section, “When and how to apply".
Preliminary report of project (Appendix a8)If you have ongoing and unfinished projects funded by the Swedish Research Council that you have not reported, you must attach a preliminary report of such projects. Please note that this preliminary report does not substitute for the obligatory final report. The latter must be submitted to the Swedish Research Council no later than the specified date (see the “Notification of Decision" that was sent to you when you were awarded funding).
Briefly describe the scientific results achieved to date in the previously awarded project; results that have not been reported to the Swedish Research Council earlier. Specify the title and registration number of the previous project, and describe the relationship between that project and the planned project. The description may not exceed two A4 pages.
General terms and conditions for applicationsIt is important for you to become familiar with the Swedish Research Council´s general terms and conditions regarding grant applications. Read more about the general terms and conditions for applicants:Ethical guidelinesPublic access Open accessCommercial interests Collaborating to construct and phase out databasesMisconduct in research
Evaluation and decisionsActive researchers conduct the scientific evaluation of applications. Using the assessment criteria of the Swedish Research Council, these researchers evaluate your application in competition with other applications. On your application form, state your preference (by order of priority) of evaluation panel or panels to review your application. You may suggest up to three evaluation panels. Ultimately, it is the Swedish Research Council that determines which panel will review your application.
This is how we evaluate your application (information will be available soon)
Addressing conflicts of interest at the Swedish Research Council
DecisionsIn late October 2011, the Swedish Research Council will publish its funding decisions on the website. Decisions and comments will be sent to all applicants.
Disbursement of awarded funds will begin in January 2012 at the earliest.
When and how to applySubmit your application electronically via the application system no later than 12:00 midnight (24.00) on Tuesday, 19 April 2011. The Swedish Research Council is open until 4 p.m. (16.00) on the closing date for applications. You are responsible for the completeness of your application. Send Appendix S (paper form), complete with signatures, to the address below. Appendix S must be received by the Swedish Research Council not later than 3 working days after the closing date for applications. Swedish Research Council UBox 1035 101 38 Stockholm
Previously we have experienced overload problems in our application system during the final days before the application deadline. Hence, we encourage you to submit your application in good time.
Questions about application contentMaria Karlberg, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 08-546 44 189Heléne Sundewall, e-mail: email@example.com, tel: 08-546 44 159Anders Westlin, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 08-546 44 111
Linking the Molecules of LifeElisabeth Söderström Tehler, e-mail: email@example.com, tel: 08-546 44 229
Globalization of Society Lise-lotte Wallenius, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 08-546 44 125 Susanna Bylin, e-mail: email@example.com, tel: 08-546 44 241
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