The Swedish Research Council has now made a decision about the majority of the year’s calls for proposals. In total, around SEK 3.5 billion is awarded to research within all fields over the coming five years. A total of 6,095 applications were received, 1,052 of which were granted, an award rate of 17.3 per cent.
The calls for proposals that are included in the statistics can be found in the right-hand column.
3.5 billion to basic research in all areas
A total of just over 3.5 billion is being distributed for the coming five-year period within all areas.
- 671 million within the humanities and social sciences
- 35 million to artistic research and development
- 168 million within clinical therapy research
- 1.2 billion within medicine and health
- 1.3 billion within the natural and engineering sciences
- 150 million within educational sciences
- 54 million to development research (NB! Denotes only “Protect grant: Sustainability and resilience – Tackling climate and environmental changes”. Read more here)
Distributed between the various forms of support:
- 2.4 billion to project support
- 930 million to career support
- 198 million to environment and cooperation support.
3.3 billion to free research
The bulk of the funding – just over 3.3 billion – is going to grants that are not restricted to a specific field. The remaining funding – around 294 million – is being used for grants with various focuses, for example proof of concept.
Close to 2.2 billion of the advertised project grants for this year is going to free project grants and 257 million is for project grants with a focus, for example project grants for research within the field of culture and cultural heritage.
The higher education institutions
The table below shows the amounts awarded by higher education institution for the ten institutions that have been awarded the most funding over the coming five-year period.
Higher education institution
Total amount awarded
University of Gothenburg
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Chalmers University of Technology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
17.3 per cent of all applications were approved
A total of 6,095 applications were received, 1,052 of which were approved. This is an award rate of 17.3 per cent. The majority of the applications pertained to project grants.
Of the total number of applications*, 2,165 were from women, 334 of which were approved. The equivalent figures for men were 3,733 applications and 626 awards. The award rate is thus 15.4 per cent for women and 16.8 per cent for men.
* Application for conference grants, research schools within bioinformatics and visiting professorships are not included.
Applications for project and career support
A total of 5,624 applied for one of the forms of grant that are included in our project and career support (see the right-hand column). Of these applications, 915 were approved, which is an award rate of 16 per cent.
Of the total of 5,624 applications, 2,031 came from young researchers, i.e. researchers who were awarded their PhD less than eight years ago. Of these, 262 applications were approved, which is an award rate of 13 per cent. The award rate for women and men in the young researchers group is also 13 per cent for both sexes.
Lucas Pettersson, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org