The following provides advance information to facilitate planning ahead of making an application. The full call text will be published when the call opens. Please note that further terms and conditions/requirements may be added at that time.

Upcoming call

17 August - 20 September 2022

Doctoral programme grant within general practice

The purpose of the grant is to arrange third cycle higher education aimed at strengthening research competence within primary care in Sweden. The initiative is based on a Government mandate.

Support form: Research environment and collaboration support

Subject area: Medicine and Health

Focus: General practise

Applicant: Organisation (Swedish higher education institution, 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.

Participating researchers: A minimum of 2 further HEIs shall participate in the application (maximum 10 organisations). One contact person per participating HEI shall be invited as a participating researcher.

Grant period: 4–5 years

Grant amount: Maximum 3 000 000 SEK per year

Budgetary framework: Approximately 34 million SEK in total. Up to 3 graduate schools may be awarded funding. 

Start of grant period: January 2023

Application period: 17 August 2022 (14.00/2 p.m.) – 20 September 2022 (14.00/2 pm)

Publication of grant award: No later than the beginning of December 2022

We recommend that you read our Guide for applicants External link. before the call opens.

Framework for the doctoral programme

The doctoral programme shall:

  • be linked to a Swedish HEI with main and coordinating responsibility
  • be operated by at least 3 Swedish HEIs in cooperation
  • have access to well-functioning research environment/s with international connections
  • form a structured range of educational 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 graduate school in collaboration with the participating institutions
  • cover a minimum of 10 research students at Swedish HEIs. The research students shall be active in Swedish primary care, focusing on general practise.
  • have a plan for internationalisation of third cycle higher education.

The doctoral programme may offer third cycle higher education on a part-time basis if the doctoral students are active in primary care during the rest of the time


The grant must only be used for joint coordinating activities for the graduate school, including salary costs for the coordinator. The grant must not be used to fund doctoral student positions or for scholarships, and must not be used as project funding for research.