06 March - 09 April 2019
Doctoral programme grant for teacher education
The purpose of the grant is to arrange education at graduate level focused on teacher education. The priority area is based on a Government mandate, and is intended to strengthen the research connection in teacher education with its various focuses, and to broaden the educational capacity while maintaining quality. The Swedish Research Council rewards research of the highest scientific quality in national competition.
Research environment and collaboration support
For teacher educators
Organisation (Swedish HEI). The coordinator of the doctoral programme at the host organisation shall be invited to be the project leader for the application by the persons responsible for the organisation’s applications.
At least one further HEI shall join the application. One contact person per participating HEI shall be invited as a participating researcher.
Maximum 10 million SEK per year for 4 years, or maximum 8 million SEK per year for 5 years.
70 million SEK per year for 5 years
9 April 2019 (14.00/2 p.m.)
Publication of grant award
No later than the beginning of November 2019
Start of grant period
- Please read and follow the instructions: In addition to this specific call text, you also need to read our Guide for applicants. Opens in new window.
- Please do not state anybody’s full personal identity number in the application.
- Read more about grants awarded in previous years. Opens in new window.
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Call text in full
The following requirements must be fulfilled in order for the organisation to be duly qualified to apply for the grant. We carry out checks to ensure unqualified applications are rejected from further processing.
Framework for the doctoral programme
The Swedish Research Council invites Swedish higher education institutions to apply for funds for a national doctoral programme within educational sciences, focusing on third-cycle education for teacher educators.
Depending on differing needs and prerequisites, a doctoral programme may be designed in various ways. To get a grant from the Swedish Research Council, the doctoral programme must fulfil the following general requirements:
The doctoral programme shall
- be linked to an HEI with main and coordinating responsibility
- be operated by minimum two Swedish HEIs in cooperation
- be linked to teacher education at the participating HEIs
- be close to well-functioning research environment/s with international connections
- offer a structured range of programmes, with joint courses and seminars of high scientific and educational quality which have to be available nationally and preferably internationally
- have a clear organisation and leadership, including a board or governing body with overarching responsibility for quality assurance of the activities of the doctoral programme in collaboration with the participating institutions
- shall include a minimum of 9 third-cycle students, who shall be employed within teacher education at a Swedish HEI during their study periods. They do not have to be employed by the administrating organisation at the time of applying
- have a sufficient national supply of third-cycle students
- have a plan for internationalisation of third-cycle education.
The doctoral programme may
- be operated at 80 per cent of full-time, if the third-cycle students teach within the teacher education programmes during the remaining 20 per cent
- include third-cycle students with other funding.
Grants may be applied for to fund doctoral programmes focusing on subjects or themes relevant for the various focuses of teacher education and teachers’ professional work.
The applicant for the grant must be a Swedish higher education institution (HEI) that has been approved as an administrating organisation Opens in new window. for grants from the Swedish Research Council. The application shall be initiated in Prisma by the person responsible for the organisation account or for the organisation’s applications. The HEI shall coordinate the national doctoral programme, and shall also be responsible for activity reporting and for scientific and financial final reporting of grants awarded. The doctoral programme shall be operated by no less than 2 HEIs in cooperation.
The application shall include one named researcher, who shall be the coordinator (project leader) of the doctoral programme and responsible for coordination and follow-up of studies. The coordinator shall be employed by the administrating organisation at the start of and throughout the grant period and any further additional availability period, unless the Swedish Research Council approves an exception. The employment must equal at least 20 per cent of a full-time equivalent. The coordinator does not have to be employed at the time of applying. A named representative/contact person from each of the participating HEIs shall be listed (see instructions under “Research programme” below), and shall be included as a participating researcher in the application.
Number of applications and previous grants
There is no limit to the number of applications a single HEI may submit or participate in.
A representative for each of the HEIs participating in the doctoral programme shall be included as a participating researcher in the application. The participants shall be researchers with a doctoral degree or corresponding competence, whose scientific competence will be crucial for the implementation of the proposed doctoral programme’s activities.
Participating researchers shall provide the necessary information themselves in Prisma, and upload these to the application.
Costs and grant amounts
Grants may be used to finance the costs of implementing a doctoral programme. Grants may not be used to pay salary to research students or for scholarships.
The amount applied for may be for a maximum of 10 million SEK per year, including indirect costs, for 4 years, or a maximum of 8 million SEK per year for 5 years.
The grant period is 4 or 5 years, starting in January 2020. The first payment will be made in January 2020 at the earliest.
The coordinating HEI shall submit a report to the Swedish Research Council no later than 18 November 2020 stating how the doctoral programme has developed and the result of the admission of doctoral students to the doctoral programme. If the results do not correspond to the prerequisites that the grant was awarded on, the grant amounts for the remaining 3 years of the grant period may be reviewed.
Please refer to the application form in Prisma in parallel with reading the instructions below, which describe the call-specific contents of the application. More information on what to do in practical terms is available in our Guide for applicants Opens in new window..
The application may be written in English, but may also be written in Swedish.
Sections of the application
The application form includes the following tabs:
- Descriptive information
- Research description
- Budget and research resources
- Administrating organisation
Descriptions of the call-specific information requested under each tab follow below.
The abstract shall include a brief description of the following:
- the focus of the doctoral programme
- the organisation planned
- the significance to the research area.
The abstract shall provide a summary guide to the purpose and implementation of the doctoral programme. Please use wording to ensure persons with another subject specialisation can understand the information.
The description may cover a maximum of 1 500 characters including blank spaces (approximately one third of an A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing).
Popular science description
Describe the activities of the doctoral programme in such a way that a person who is not familiar with the subject can understand it. Describe what is to be done and why, and explain in what way the doctoral programme will strengthen the research connection in teacher education.
The popular science description is an important tool when we inform about the research funded by the Swedish Research Council. If we approve the application, we reserve the right to use the description for information purposes.
Note: The popular science description must be written in Swedish, unlike the rest of the application.
The description may cover a maximum of 4 500 characters including blank spaces (approximately one A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing).
Describe the ethical issues raised by the doctoral programme. Also describe the plan on how to address ethical dilemmas that may arise. Please justify why the research should be carried out against the background of the ethical issues identified. How do the questions and expected results measure up in relation to the ethical issues? Please also state whether the research involves any handling of personal data, or experiments on animals or human subjects. If no ethical issues are raised, please justify this.
The research programme shall consist of brief but complete information of the design of the doctoral programme, and shall cover a maximum of 10 page-numbered A4 pages in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing, including references and any images.
The research programme shall include the following headings and information, listed in the following order:
- Objective: Describe the theme and focus of the doctoral programme.
- Research environment: Describe the research environment/s supporting the doctoral programme. Describe the environment/s in terms of focus and management, and the focus of research in progress. Describe in particular how the environment/s may contribute to the development of the doctoral programme.
- Programme description: Summarise the doctoral programme’s model for the planned educational activities, and describe the recruitment basis.
- Organisation: Describe in detail how the doctoral programme will be organised and administrated (courses offered, seminars, course development, coordinating, study follow-up, work allocation between supervisors, examiners and course providers). Describe also the planned dimensioning of the doctoral programme in terms of number of doctoral students.
- Significance: Describe how the doctoral programme will contribute to building up the research connection to the teacher education at the participating HEIs. Describe also how the doctoral programme forms part of the general competence development at the participating HEIs.
- National coordination: Describe the Swedish HEIs that are participating in the operation of the doctoral programme, and list the person/s (name, position, organisational unit) who will be responsible for this participation at each HEI. Describe summarily the planned allocation of roles, tasks and responsibilities for the operation of the persons participating (including the coordinator), and what specific competences each participant will contribute.
- International and other national collaboration: Describe the collaboration with Swedish and foreign research environments and/or other doctoral programmes.
Report the following under separate headings if relevant to your application:
- Equipment: Describe the basic equipment relevant to the programme that the doctoral programme has at its disposal.
- Need for infrastructure: Specify the doctoral programme’s need for international and national infrastructure. Specify also the need for local infrastructure, if depreciation costs for this is included in the application. Read more about research infrastructure supported by the Swedish Research Council. Opens in new window.
Budget and research resources
State the activity level (per cent of a full-time equivalent) of all personnel active within the operation of the doctoral programme, that is to say the project leader/coordinator, other researchers responsible for participation in the doctoral programme at other HEIs, doctoral students and other personnel.
Please also state the salary applied for, for the project leader/coordinator or other personnel active within the doctoral programme, both as a percentage of a full-time salary and as actual annual amounts (including social security contributions). Please state rounded amounts in SEK.
Describe any other costs of the project (premises costs, running costs and depreciation costs). Please state rounded annual amounts.
Total cost of the doctoral programme
Prisma will automatically add up the budget items listed in a table. The total amount applied for shall also include indirect costs. These shall be added to the table by the applicant according to the calculations that apply for the HEI. The applicant shall also add here any further costs covered by the doctoral programme (for which funding is not sought in this application).
Justification of the budget applied for
Justify briefly each cost applied for in the budget stated. The description may cover a maximum of 4 000 characters including blank spaces (approximately one A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing).
Please state any other funding (applied for or already awarded) for the doctoral programme over and above what is applied for in this application. Please state rounded amounts in SEK.
Please attach publications lists for the coordinator of the doctoral programme and for the participating researchers at other HEIs.
Each researcher’s list shall include publications from the most recent 8 years, with the name of the researcher marked in bold, and the 5 publications of greatest importance for the doctoral programme marked with an asterisk (*). The researcher’s name shall also be included in the header of the list in question. Sort the publications in each list under each relevant heading (publication type) in the following order:
- Peer-reviewed original articles
- Peer-reviewed conference contributions, the results of which are not included in other publications.
- Peer-reviewed edited volumes
- Research review articles
- Peer-reviewed books and book chapters
- Other publications including popular science books/presentations
Note: Please sort the publications under each heading in reverse chronological order, so that the latest publication is at the top of the list. Please only include articles or corresponding that are published or accepted for publication at the time of applying. The author order in the publication list shall be identical to that of the published work. The application cannot be supplemented with publications after the deadline for the call.
Please state the location of the doctoral programme.
Here the person initiating the application at the administrating organisation shall invite the project leader/coordinator to the application. Here too, the project leader/coordinator shall, in turn, invite the participating researchers and any participating administrators to the application.
Under this tab, the project leader/coordinator shall upload the relevant CV information from their personal account in Prisma. The participating researchers must upload their own CV information to the application.
The following information, where available, must always be included in each CV, taking into account the stated limitation in numbers:
- Education: First, second and third cycle higher education and specialist degrees.
- Work: Current employment (including whether permanent or not) and longer relevant employment, postdoctoral visits (including whether employment or not), research exchanges relevant to the research described and any longer interruptions in the research that have impacted on the researcher’s opportunity to gain merits as a researcher.
- Merits and awards: Docentship/associate professorship, supervisees (postdoctoral and doctoral students; state the overall number of each category and list the 10 most relevant), up to 10 of the researcher’s most relevant grants awarded in competition, up to 10 of the researcher’s most relevant prizes and awards, and up to 20 other merits relevant to the application.
- Intellectual property rights: For example, patents and open access computer programs developed by the researcher; state up to 10 of the most relevant.
Scientific quality is the fundamental criterion when the Swedish Research Council allocates grants to research. Your application is assessed in competition with the other applications on the basis of the following assessment criteria.
Your application is assessed by a specialised subject review panel where the members are Nordic researchers.
At least three members review and grade your application individually. The entire review panel then meets at a review panel meeting to discuss and prioritise the applications, and finally to make a proposal for a decision to the Committee for Educational Sciences. The committee decides which applications will be awarded funds. All applications receive a final statement that reflects the review panel’s discussion and overall assessment of the scientific quality of the application.
Assessment criteria and guiding questions
The assessment of the scientific quality of your application is made based on four basic criteria (scientific quality of the project, novelty and originality, merits of the applicant, and feasibility). The purpose of using several criteria is to achieve a multi-faceted assessment. In addition to the basic criteria, your application is also assessed using three additional criteria (research environment, internationalisation, and relevance to the call).
For each criterion, there are guiding questions to support the panel members’ assessment of your application. These can also function as guidance for you when you write your application.
Scientific quality of the project (1–7)
- How do the goals, contents and organisation of the doctoral programme contribute scientific added value to third-cycle education within the field in question?
- How does the educational offer, with joint courses, seminars and supervision, support a high level of scientific theoretical and methodological quality in the third-cycle education?
- How does the doctoral programme contribute to developing the doctoral students’ basic scientific competence?
- Does the model for the third-cycle education and the structure of the educational offer safeguard a high level of educational quality in the teaching and supervision?
Novelty and originality (1–7)
- In what way does the model for the doctoral programme contribute to innovation in relation to third-cycle education for the teacher education programme?
- What aspects of the goals, contents and organisation of the doctoral programme contribute to strengthening the originality and developing innovation in the doctoral students’ scientific work?
Merits of the applicant (1–7)
- What experience do the project managers and participating researchers have of leading and conducting third-cycle education?
- Do both the applicant and the participating researchers have good merits within their respective areas?
- How does the overall competence contribute to high quality in the third-cycle education?
- In what way does the organisation and leadership of the doctoral programme safeguard quality in the implementation?
- How do each of the participating departments contribute to the doctoral programme?
- How is the competence of supervisors safeguarded?
- Has the applicant shown that there is a sufficient national supply of doctoral students?
- How is access to personnel, infrastructure and other necessary resources safeguarded?
- Is the budget of the doctoral programme realistic in relation to its goals, contents and organisation?
Research environment (1–7)
- Is the focus of the doctoral programme based on relevant and up-to-date research of high quality?
- How does the research at the participating HEIs complement each other in terms of relevant and up-to-date research of high quality?
- How is the doctoral students’ participation in suitable research environments at the participating HEIs safeguarded?
- How do the participating HEIs’ international collaborations contribute to anchoring the third-cycle education in well-established international research within the field in question?
- How can the doctoral programme contribute to building up international networks for the doctoral students?
Relevance to the call (1–3)
- Does the focus of the doctoral programme agree with the call?
- Can the doctoral programme contribute to the development of new knowledge relevant to teacher education and the needs of the profession?
- How does the doctoral programme contribute to building up the research connection to teacher education at the participating HEIs?
Overall grade (1–7)
The subsidiary grades shall be weighed together into an overall grade according to the following principles:
- Prerequisites for being awarded a grant are that the proposal is feasible, located in a well-functioning research environment of high quality, and that the applicant has solid and relevant competence for the purpose.
- The assessment of the scientific quality of the application is crucial for the overall assessment.
- Novelty and originality shall be weighed in, but a high grade for this aspect cannot outweigh any lack of scientific quality.
- Relevance and internationalisation shall be weighted heavily, but a high grade for this aspect cannot outweigh any lack of scientific quality.