Update – Clarification of funding rules
Two Swedish partners in the same consortium can apply together, and share the maximum grant amount from one of the Swedish funders. Another possibility is that two Swedish partners in the same consortium apply from different funders. In such cases, each partner can apply for the funder’s maximum grant amount.
17 February - 26 May 2020
Project grant for international research collaboration on pollutants and antimicrobial resistant bacteria present in water (Aquatic Pollutants, JPIAMR)
Water JPI, JPI Oceans and JPI AMR will launch a call to stimulate interdisciplinary research and innovation on the presence of pollutants, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic environments, and the risks they pose to humans and the environment.
Sweden, through the Swedish Research Council, is one of the 26 countries participating in the call to support international research collaborations within the area.
Support form: Project support
Subject area: Medicine and Health, Natural and Engineering Sciences
Focus: JPIAMR: Aquatic pollutants
The Swedish Research Council can support projects within all the themes of the call – Analysis/Risk Assessment/Intervention – provided the project includes research into pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria.
Applicant: Individual researcher who participates as 1 of maximum 2 Swedish project leaders in a consortium with partners from at least 3 participating countries. Only researchers at an administrating organisation approved by the Swedish Research Council may apply.
Grant period: 3 years
Grant amount: A maximum of 2 Swedish participants may apply for funds from the Swedish Research Council within the same consortium. The maximum amount you may apply for from the Swedish Research Council for a consortium is 300 000 EUR in total, or a maximum of 500 000 EUR in total if one applicant to the Swedish Research Council is the coordinator of the consortium.
Start of grant period: January 2021
Call deadline: Outline application: For the consortium application to Aquatic Pollutants: 18 May 2020 (17.00/5 p.m.). For the Swedish project leader’s application in Prisma: 26 May 2020 (14.00/2 p.m.)
Full application: To be announced
Publication of grant award: No later than the beginning of December 2020
- If you are participating as a Swedish applicant/partner in an international consortium, you must submit a parallel application to the Swedish Research Council. This is a national eligibility requirement that must be fulfilled before we can approve your participation in the consortium application.
- You will need to have a data management plan for data generated within the research we award funds for. You must not send the plan to us, but according to our general grant terms and conditions, your administrating organisation must confirm that a data management plan will be in place when you start your project or equivalent, and also that the plan will be maintained.
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Specific instructions for the call
In addition to reading call text, you also need to consult our Guide for applicants.
Applications for grants under the Aquatic Pollutants call are made in a two-stage procedure, where a simplified version of the applications, known as an outline application, is first submitted. Applicants whose outline applications are approved shall then submit a full application. Both the outline application and full application are peer reviewed, and ranked in competition with other applications.
The application to the consortium call shall be submitted by the research consortium’s coordinator using Aquatic Pollutants’ application system.
As project leader representing a Swedish partner in the research consortium, you must submit the corresponding applications (outline application and full application respectively) via the Swedish Research Council’s application system Prisma in parallel with the international coordinator submitting the consortium application. Please note that for practical reasons, the parallel call in Prisma for you as the Swedish partner will close a few days later than in Aquatic Pollutants’ application system. This applies for both the outline application and the full application.
More information on what to do in practical terms is available in our Guide for applicants.
Aquatic Pollutants will make a decision on the outline applications in June 2020. The decision is notified to the coordinator of the consortium with a statement in the form of a written comment.
The content of your outline application will be transferred automatically to the full application if your consortium is invited to submit a full application to Aquatic Pollutants. You will thereafter have to update the content of your application to the Swedish Research Council, so that it corresponds to the full consortium application submitted to Aquatic Pollutants, and also complete a section on ethical considerations. More information on this is available in the section “What must the application contain?” below.
The pre-proposals that are approved and invited to submit a full proposal shall do so in Prisma no later than 19 June 2020 (14.00/2 p.m.).
Please note that your administrating organisation must sign the full application in Prisma no later than 7 calendar days after the deadline for this call.
Aquatic Pollutants decides which consortiums will be recommended for funding by the respective national research funding body. The decision is notified to the coordinator of the consortium with a statement in the form of a written comment. The Swedish Research Council makes the grant decisions for Swedish participants. Shortly after the grant decision has been made, a notice of the grant awards will be published on the Swedish Research Council’s website. You will thereafter find a notice of the decision on your application in your personal account in Prisma, under the tab “Applications and grants”.
You are responsible for ensuring the application is complete and corresponds to the application in Aquatic Pollutants’ application system, that is to say the application form is correctly filled in, the correct appendices are attached and the information requested has been provided according to the instructions. Please only submit material specifically requested. We do not accept any additional information after the deadline, except when specifically requested.
The following requirements must be fulfilled in order for you to be eligible to apply for the grant. We carry out checks and reject applications that do not fulfil the requirements.
The applicant for the project grant must be a participant in an international consortium, with 3–8 partners from at least 3 participating countries. You can see full eligibility requirements for the composition of the consortium in the call text on JPIAMR’s website. The time you set aside for the project (your activity level, that is the percentage of a full-time equivalent) must be suited to the task and its implementation throughout the grant period.
You must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, awarded no later than the deadline for this call. The degree award date we use is the date you fulfilled all the requirements for a doctoral degree, such as mandatory courses, oral defence and an approved doctoral thesis. For applicants with Swedish doctoral degrees, the award date listed in Ladok applies.
Grants from the Swedish Research Council shall be administered by a Swedish university or HEI or another Swedish public organisation that fulfils our criteria for administrating organisations. Your organisation must therefore be approved as an administrating organisation for you to apply. Please note therefore that Swedish researchers working for a company, for example, cannot be funded and may therefore not submit an application to the Swedish Research Council, even if they are part of a consortium application.
If you are awarded a grant, you must be employed by the administrating organisation at the start of and throughout the grant period and any additional availability period, unless the Swedish Research Council approves an exception from this requirement. The employment must equal at least 20 per cent of a full-time equivalent. You do not have to be employed by the administrating organisation at the time of applying.
Number of applications and previous grants
The requirements described in this section only apply to applicants (project leaders).
What grants may I apply for simultaneously from the Swedish Research Council?
You may only submit one application for this grant under this call, and you may only be the Swedish partner of one consortium in this call. Other restrictions on the grants you may apply for during the same year are shown in the table below. Grants under this call are counted as “Focused project grants” in the table.
What requirements apply if I already have a grant from the Swedish Research Council?
There are certain restrictions if you are the project leader of an ongoing grant, that is to say where the grant period (payment period from the Swedish Research Council) overlaps the grant period of the grant the application relates to. Please note that the availability period, that is to say the time during which you have the right to use your grant, is normally longer than the grant period. You can find information about the requirements for your ongoing grant in the “Approval of terms and conditions” you received from the Swedish Research Council. You can apply for a project grant within Aquatic Pollutants even if you are already a project leader for an ongoing project grant, provided your ongoing grant has a different focus and a different project idea.
The table below shows information and other restrictions on the grants you may apply for if you already have an ongoing grant. Grants under this call are counted as “Focused project grants” in the table.
Note: If you have been the project leader for previous grants from the Swedish Research Council that have ended, final financial reports for all of these must have been submitted within the permitted time frame in order for you to apply for a new grant. Please contact your administrating organisation if you are unsure whether all your final financial reports have been submitted.
What applies for applications to or grants from other funding bodies?
If your application to the Swedish Research Council relates to the same project idea as a grant you have already been awarded by, or are applying for to another funding body, please describe this in your application to Aquatic Pollutants.
Costs and grant amounts
The grant may be used to fund all types of project-related costs, such as:
- salaries (including your own salary), however no more than corresponding to the person’s activity level in the project
- running costs (such as consumables, travel including stays at research facilities, publication costs and minor equipment)
- depreciation costs
Grants must not be used for scholarships. If a doctoral student participates, project funds may not be paid out as salary during teaching or other departmental duties.
A maximum of two Swedish participants may apply for funds from the Swedish Research Council within the same consortium. The maximum amount you may apply for from the Swedish Research Council for a consortium is 300 000 EUR in total, or a maximum of 500 000 EUR in total if one applicant to the Swedish Research Council is the coordinator of the consortium.
You may apply for a grant to cover 3 years, starting from January 2021. The first payment will be made during January 2021 at the earliest.
Please refer to Aquatic Pollutants’ call text and the application form in Prisma in parallel with reading the instructions below, which describe the call-specific content of the application to the Swedish Research Council. More information on what to do in practical terms is available in our Guide for applicants.
Sections of the application
The application form in Prisma contains the following tabs (applies to both outline and full applications):
- Descriptive information
- Research description
- Administrating organisation
- Participants (only administrators in this call)
The information we request under each tab is described below.
In the abstract, please describe in brief the following:
- What is to be done: purpose and aims
- How the research will be carried out: project organisation, time plan and scientific methods
- What is important about the planned research
The abstract shall provide a summary picture of the purpose and implementation of the research. 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. This is approximately one third of an A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
Popular science description
Describe the project 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. Explain also in what way the new knowledge may be important.
The popular science description is an important tool when we inform about the research funded by the Swedish Research Council. If we grant your 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. For the outline application, the popular science description may be brief. For the full application, the popular science description must be detailed and able to be used for information purposes.
The description may cover a maximum of 4 000 characters including blank spaces. This is approximately one A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
Ethical considerations (only applies to those invited to submit a full application)
Describe the ethical issues raised by your project or corresponding. You must also describe how you plan to address ethical dilemmas that may arise. Please justify why the research should be carried out against the background of the ethical issues you have identified. How do your research 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 also.
The justification may cover a maximum of 4 000 characters including blank spaces. This is approximately one A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
Application for the international collaboration
Please attach the application submitted by the consortium to Aquatic Pollutants.
No other appendices need to be attached to this field.
Please state the administrating organisation and project site.
Here you as applicant may invite participating administrators to your application.
Under this tab, please upload the following CV information from your personal account in Prisma:
Education: Third cycle higher education (doctoral degree)
Work: Current employment (including whether it is permanent employment or not).