13 January - 23 February 2021
Doctoral programme grant for teacher educators
The purpose of the grant is to arrange third cycle education aimed at strengthening the research connection in teacher training with its various focuses, and to broaden the educational capacity while maintaining quality. The initiative is based on a Government mandate.
Support form: Research environment and collaboration support
Subject area: Educational Sciences
Focus: For teacher educators
Applicant: Organisation. The coordinator of the graduate school at the host organisation shall be invited to be the project leader for the application by the person responsible for the organisation’s applications.
Participating researchers: At least one further HEI shall join the application. One contact person per participating HEI shall be invited as a participating researcher.
Grant period: 4–5 years
Grant amount: Maximum 10 million SEK per year for 4 years, or maximum 8 million SEK per year for 5 years
Start of grant period: July 2021
Application period: 13 January 2021 (14.00/2 p.m.) – 23 February 2021 (14.00/2 p.m.)
Publication of grant award: No later than the end of June 2021
- Describe whether sex and gender perspectives are relevant for the doctoral programme and, if so, in which way such perspectives will be used, or one chooses not to do so. How sex and gender perspectives are managed in the doctoral programme will form part of the assessment of scientific quality. Read more under the heading “Research description” and on our website.
Specific instructions for the call
In addition to reading the call text, you also need to consult our Guide for applicants.
The following requirements must be fulfilled in order for the organisation to be eligible to apply for the grant. We carry out checks, and reject applications that do not fulfil the requirements.
Framework for the doctoral programme
The Swedish Research Council invites Swedish higher education institutions to apply for funds for national doctoral programmes in educational sciences. Depending on differing needs and preconditions, 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 educational programmes, with joint courses and seminars of high scientific and educational quality, which have to be nationally, and preferably internationally, available
- 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
- include a minimum of 9 doctoral students, who shall be employed within teacher education at a Swedish HEI during their periods of study. They do not have to be employed by the administrating organisation at the time of applying
- have a sufficient national supply of doctoral students
- have a plan for internationalisation of doctoral education
The doctoral programme may:
- be operated at 80 per cent of full-time, if the doctoral students teach within the teacher education programmes during the remaining 20 per cent
- include doctoral students with other funding
The applicant for the grant must be a Swedish university or higher education institution (HEI) that has been approved as an administrating organisation for grants from the Swedish Research Council. 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 two HEIs in cooperation.
The application shall include one named researcher, who shall be the coordinator 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 of each participating HEI shall be listed (see instructions under “Research programme” below), and be included as participating researchers 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 of each HEI participating in the doctoral programme shall be included as a participating researcher in the application. The participating researchers shall be researchers with a doctoral degree or corresponding competence, whose scientific competence will be crucial for implementing 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 fund the costs of implementing a national doctoral programme. Grants may be used to pay salary to research students. Grants may not be used for scholarships.
The maximum grant that can be applied for is 10 million SEK per year over 4 years, or 8 million SEK per year over 5 years, including indirect costs. The Swedish Research Council assumes that the administrating organisation will cover any costs in excess of the amount received.
The grant may cover a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 years, starting in July 2021.The first payment will be made no earlier than July 2021.
The coordinating HEI shall submit a report to the Swedish Research Council no later than 28 February 2022, 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 preconditions 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.
We prefer the application is completed in English, but Swedish may also be used.
Sections of the application
The application form includes the following tabs:
- Descriptive information
- Research description
- Budget and research resources
- Administrating organisation
The information we request under each tab is described 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 text shall provide an overview of 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. This is 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. Explain also 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.
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.
Note: The popular science description must be written in Swedish, unlike the rest of the application.
Educational sciences are divided up thematically into main areas. Here please state the theme that best describes the focus of the doctoral programme. An overview of all areas and themes is available via the following link:
“Thematic division of the educational sciences area” (excel, 13.3 kB).
Describe the ethical issues raised by the doctoral programme. Also describe the plan 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 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.
Sex and gender perspectives
Please state whether sex and gender perspectives are applicable to the planned doctoral programme, and justify your decision. Please note that we are not asking for information about the composition (men/women) of the doctoral programme. Read more about sex and gender perspectives in research content.
The following applies:
- If Yes, please state: Justify the answer, and describe also how sex and gender perspectives will be accounted for in the research programme. If stated that sex and gender perspectives are applicable, but these are not included in the research programme, this should be justified here.
- If No, please state: Justify the answer.
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.
The research programme shall consist of a brief but complete description of how the doctoral programme will be designed. It shall cover a maximum of 10 page-numbered A4 pages in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing and 2.5 cm margins, including references and any images.
The research programme must 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 planned educational activities of the doctoral programme, 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 research infrastructure: Specify the doctoral programmes need for international and national infrastructure. In the first instance, the research infrastructures supported by the Swedish Research Council, which are open to all, should be used. If other infrastructures are chosen instead, please justify this need (also applies for local research infrastructure).
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 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 the amounts in Swedish krona, rounded to the nearest 1 000 SEK.
Describe any other costs of the project (premises costs, running costs and depreciation costs). Please state the amounts in Swedish krona, rounded to the nearest 1 000 SEK.
Depreciation costs for equipment to be used in the operation may be included, provided that:
- the equipment has an economic life of at least three years
- the equipment has an acquisition value above a certain amount
- the need cannot be fulfilled by using national or international research infrastructure supported by the Swedish Research Council and which is thereby open to all users.
Only the proportion of depreciation costs that corresponds to the use of the equipment in the proposed operation may be included. Depreciation costs for equipment that is wholly financed via other grants may not be included.
Total cost of the doctoral programme
Prisma will automatically add up your 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 (project leader). Here the applicant (project leader) can also add any additional costs that the doctoral programme entails (for which you are not seeking funding under this call).
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. This is approximately one A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
Please state any other funding of the project over and above what is applied for in this application. Please state the amounts in Swedish krona, rounded to the nearest 1 000 SEK.
Project leader’s/Coordinator’s publications list
Please attach the publications list drawn up according to the headings and information below. The list shall cover a maximum of 5 page-numbered A4 pages in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing and 2.5 cm margins.
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 equivalent that are published or accepted for publication at the time of applying. The author name order shall be identical to that of the published work. The application cannot be supplemented with publications after the deadline for the call.
1. Selection of publications: List the publications (maximum 10) of greatest importance to the application. For each publication, please state how the researcher contributed to it, and its relevance to the doctoral programme described (maximum 4 lines per publication). Highlight the researcher’s name in bold in the author list.
2. Relevant publications from 2013–2021: Sort the publications, with the researcher’s name highlighted in bold in the author list, under each 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
Participating researchers’ publication lists
Attach all participating researchers’ publications lists joined together into a single file. The list for each researcher shall include the publications (maximum 10) that are the most relevant for the doctoral programme, and shall cover a maximum of 1 A4 page. The name of the researcher in question shall be highlighted in bold and also be included in the page header of each list.
Please only include articles or equivalent that are published or accepted for publication at the time of applying. The author name order shall be identical to that of the published work. The application cannot be supplemented with publications after the deadline for the call.
The publications shall be of the type Peer-reviewed original articles, conference contributions, edited volumes, research review articles, books and book chapters, and other publications including popular science books/presentations.
Please state the location of the doctoral programme.
Under this tab, the person invited to be the project leader/coordinator may in turn invite participating researchers and participating administrators to the application.
Under this tab, the project leader/coordinator shall upload the relevant CV information from their personal account in Prisma. 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 evaluated in competition with the other applications on the basis of the following evaluation 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. If needed, an external reviewer also assesses your application. 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.
Following the grant decision your application will receive an individual final statement containing the grades and a summary of the review panel’s discussion and overall assessment of the scientific quality of the application.
Evaluation criteria and guiding questions
The evaluation of the scientific quality of your application is made based on four basic criteria (Scientific quality of the proposed research, Novelty and originality, Merits of the applicant, Feasibility). The purpose of using several components is to achieve a multi-faceted evaluation. In addition to the basic criteria, your application is also evaluated based on the additional criteria Research environment, Internationalization, and Relevance for the call. The criteria are assessed on a seven-grade scale, except for Feasibility and Relevance for the call, which are assessed on a three-grade grade scale.
For each criterion, there are guiding questions to support the panel members’ evaluation of your application. These can also function as guidance for you when you write your application.
Scientific quality of the proposed research (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?
- How are ethical considerations motivated and handled in the application?
- How are considerations pertaining to sex and gender perspectives motivated and handled in the application?
Novelty and originality (1–7)
- 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 above subsidiary criteria are weighed together into an overall grade, which reflects the review panel’s joint evaluation of the application’s scientific quality.
The different subsidiary grades are weighed together into an overall grade on a seven-grade scale. Normally, the subsidiary grade for scientific quality is given the most weight in the overall grade. The subsidiary grades for novelty and originality or merits may only in exceptional cases balance weaknesses in scientific quality, and then only minor weaknesses.
Relevance and internationalisation shall be weighted heavily, but a high grade for this aspect cannot outweigh any lack of scientific quality.
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.