23 February - 29 March 2022
Network grant within educational sciences
The purpose of the network grant is to support internationalisation and mobility through the development of long-term research collaboration in educational sciences between Swedish research teams and research teams in other countries.
The grant shall provide opportunities to establish or further develop a network around a specific research area, where both senior and junior researchers from the research environments involved participate. One purpose may be to investigate the opportunities for writing applications and applying for international funding.
Support form: Research environment and collaboration support
Subject area: Educational Sciences
Focus: Educational sciences
Applicant: Individual researcher
Participating researchers: Minimum 1 and maximum 4 other researchers shall be invited to join the application. At least 1 of them shall be active at a foreign higher education institution (HEI). Participating researchers shall represent researcher teams at their respective HEIs.
Grant period: 1–3 years
Grant amount: Maximum 400 000 SEK per year
Start of grant period: January 2023
Application period: 23 February 2022 (14.00/2 pm) – 29 March 2022 (14.00/2 pm)
Publication of grant award: No later than the beginning of November 2022
- As from 2022, new criteria apply for approval of administrating organisations for grants awarded by the Swedish Research Council. You therefore need to make sure that your organisation fulfils the requirements and has been approved by us as an administrating organisation for calls issued after 1 January 2022.
- Please note also that the instructions for your description of ethical considerations in the application have changed as from this year.
- Added 11 March: This applies for collaborations with researchers in Russia and Belarus Opens in new window.
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 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 a network grant must be an individual researcher together with their organisation (a Swedish higher education institution (HEI) or another Swedish organisation that fulfils our criteria for administrating organisations for Swedish Research Council grants Opens in new window.). We must have approved your organisation as an administrating organisation for you to apply. The administrating organisation must sign your application in Prisma no later than 7 calendar days after the deadline for this call.
You shall be the project leader and have scientific responsibility for the research collaboration. The time you allocate for the collaboration (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. For applicants with Swedish doctoral degrees, the award date listed in Ladok applies.
You do not have to be employed by the administrating organisation at the time of applying, but you must be employed at the start of and throughout the grant period and any further additional availability period. The employment must equal at least 20 per cent of a full-time equivalent.
Number of applications and previous grants
The requirements described in this section only apply to applicants (project leaders).
General information about overlaps between applications and grants
Your application must not cover costs for purposes that are already funded by the Swedish Research Council or any other funding body. Overlaps with other grants or applications may impact on the grant amount you are awarded, or be a reason for us to reject your application.
What grants may I apply for simultaneously from the Swedish Research Council?
Information about the grants you may apply for during the same year are shown in on the page “Several grants simultaneously Opens in new window.”. Please note that provided the applications relate to different collaborations, you may submit more than one application under this call for network grants, but if you are awarded several grants you must choose only one of them. Please note also that you may be included as a participating researcher in other applications, as long as the applications relate to different collaborations. You may not apply for any other network grant for the same collaboration.
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.
If you already have an ongoing grant, then further information about the grants you may apply for are shown in on the page “Several grants simultaneously Opens in new window.”. Please note that you may not apply for this grant if you are the project leader for an ongoing network grant in educational sciences.
Note: If you have been the project leader for previous grants from the Swedish Research Council that have ended, a final financial statement 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 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 concept/purpose as a grant you have already been awarded by, or are applying for to another funding body, please describe this.
You must include minimum 1 and maximum 4 participating researchers in your application. Participating researchers are other researchers with a doctoral degree or corresponding competence, who represent the researcher team participating in the network at their respective HEIs. At least one of these shall be active at a foreign HEI.
Participating researchers shall provide the necessary information themselves in Prisma, and upload these to the application. Any further participating partners and their roles shall be described in the collaboration plan (please see instructions under “Collaboration plan” below).
Costs and grant amounts
The grant relates to costs associated with international network building and collaboration, such as
- research and/or working stays between the collaborating partners
- joint seminars, courses or workshops aimed at further developing the joint research basis and the research agenda
- preparation/planning of joint research applications
- joint publications and other joint information dissemination
- joint conferences.
The grant amount includes cover of indirect costs as a percentage of the direct costs, according to the model used by your administrating organisation. The grant may not be used for salaries or scholarships.
The maximum amount you may apply for is 400 000 SEK per year, including indirect costs.
The Swedish Research Council assumes that the administrating organisation will cover any costs in excess of the amount received.
You may apply for a grant for a minimum of 1 year and maximum of 3 years, starting in January 2023. The first payment will be made during January 2023 at the earliest.
Please refer to the application form in Prisma in parallel with reading the instructions below, which describe the call-specific content of the application. More information on what to do in practical terms is available in our Guide for applicants Opens in new window..
We prefer that you complete your application in English, but you may also use Swedish.
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:
- What is to be done: purpose and aims
- How the research will be carried out: 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 one A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
Popular science description
Describe the planned research in such a way that a person who is not a researcher can understand it. Do this by answering the following questions:
- What is the research about?
- Why is it important to research this?
- In what way may the new knowledge be important?
The text must be in Swedish and cover a maximum of 2 000 characters including blank spaces. This is approximately half an A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing. The popular science description is important when we inform about the research funded by the Swedish Research Council.
Other applications or grants
Describe the relationship between the different projects if
- you are applying for or intend to apply for other grants from the Swedish Research Council
- you are receiving an ongoing grant from the Swedish Research Council with a grant period that wholly or partly overlaps with the grant you are now applying for
- there are applications or grants relating to the same project concept/purpose from the Swedish Research Council or other funding bodies (from you or another researcher).
In all cases, you should also justify why you are submitting one or several further applications. If there are no other applications or grants, please state so. The description may cover a maximum of 2 000 characters including blank spaces. This is approximately half an A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
Educational sciences is divided up thematically into main areas. Here you shall state the theme that best describes the focus of the project. An overview of all areas and themes is available via the following link: “Thematic division of the educational sciences area Excel, 13.3 kB, opens in new window.”.
Legal and formal requirements
State whether the research covers the handling of personal data, or experiments on animals and/or studies involving humans.
If the research covers any of the above, you must also describe/state the approvals and permits your collaboration plan requires, and how you plan to obtain these. Describe any other permits that affect your application, such as whether parts of the research will be done in a country other than Sweden. If no approvals or permits are needed, please state so.
The description may cover a maximum of 2 000 characters including blank spaces. This is approximately half an A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
Reflect on the ethical issues that may arise for your project, and describe these. 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. Examples of issues to reflect on:
- How do your research questions and expected results measure up in relation to the ethical issues?
- What (direct) risks (physical, mental, or integrity) will research persons or animals be exposed to?
- What long-term risks may arise from the research? Is there any risk that the research may be used in a way that is detrimental to animals, nature/the environment, or society (whole or parts of the same) in other respects?
- Is the research expected to contribute to other values over and above the knowledge gain? If so, to whom?
- How do you weigh up the risks (in particular short-term risks) against the value (which is often more long-term) of the research?
If no ethical issues are raised, please justify this. 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.
Sex and gender perspectives
Please state whether sex and gender perspectives are applicable for the planned network’s research idea, and justify your decision. Please note that we are not asking for information about the composition of the research team (men/women). Read more about sex and gender perspectives in research content Opens in new window..
The following applies:
- If you answer “Yes”: Justify your answer, and describe also how you take account of sex and gender perspectives in the collaboration plan (see further instructions under “Collaboration plan”). If you have stated that sex and gender perspectives are applicable, but still choose not to include them in your collaboration plan, you will need to justify this here.
- If you answer “No”: Please justify your 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 plan 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 collaboration plan must include the following headings and information, listed in the following order:
- Purpose and aims: State the overall purpose and specific aims of the research collaboration.
- Research idea: Describe the research theme and the joint research questions within the collaboration. If you have stated that sex and gender perspectives are applicable, please describe how these will be included in the research idea.
- Network description and mode of cooperation: Describe the following:
- Actual collaboration projects and joint research applications, and how these contribute to strengthening ongoing research at the participating HEIs.
- The contributions of the participating parties in relation to the research theme, and how they complement each other.
- The collaboration structure, that is to say the leadership and role allocation among the participating parties.
- Forms for collaboration: Specify planned activities, for example:
- Research and/or work stays, joint seminars, courses or workshops aimed at further developing the joint research basis and research agenda.
- How senior and junior researchers will be involved in the collaboration.
- Preparation/planning of joint research applications.
- Joint publications and other joint information dissemination.
- Joint conferences.
- Planned results: Specify clearly the planned result of the collaboration, for example the following:
- The added value of the network collaboration for the research and the research environments.
- The planned dissemination of results and new knowledge, co-production of publications and other contributions.
- How the collaboration will continue in operation after the end of the grant period.
Budget and research resources
Describe the costs for all planned activities within the network by specifying the items below. Please state the amounts in Swedish krona, rounded to the nearest 1 000 SEK.
- Costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence
- Costs of organising seminars and workshops
- Costs of joint publications
- Costs of joint conferences
- Other costs.
Total cost of the project
Prisma will automatically add up your budget items in a table. The total amount you are applying for shall also include indirect costs. You will have to add these to the table yourself. Here you can also add any additional costs that the project entails (for which you are not seeking funding under this call).
Indirect costs follow the model that your administrating organisation uses. Please contact your administrating organisation if you have any questions about what constitutes indirect and direct costs.
Justification of the budget applied for
Justify briefly each cost applied for in your budget. 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 your or any other researcher’s funding for 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.
Applicant’s publication list
Please attach your publication 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 10 publications of greatest importance to your application. Describe how you contributed to each publication, and its relevance to the research project described (maximum 4 lines per publication). Highlight your name in bold in the author list.
2. Relevant publications from 2014–2022: In this part, the publications listed under Item 1 shall also be included if they have been published during the period in question. Sort the publications, with your 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’ publication lists joined up into one file. The list for each researcher shall include the 10 publications that are the most relevant to the research described, and shall cover a maximum of 1 A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing and 2.5 cm margins. 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 types: 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 administrating organisation och project site för the network.
Under this tab, you shall invite the participating researchers and any participating administrators to your application.
Under this tab, please upload your relevant CV information from your 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:
- Education: First, second and third cycle higher education and specialist degrees.
- Work: Current employment (including employment form) and longer relevant employment held, postdoctoral visits (also included as employment if relevant), research exchanges relevant to the research described and any longer interruptions in the research that have impacted on your opportunity to gain merit as a researcher.
- Merits and awards: Docentship/associate professorship, supervisees (postdoctoral and doctoral students; state the number of persons in each category and list the names of the up to 10 most relevant to you), up to 10 of your most relevant grants awarded in competition, up to 10 of your 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 you; state up to 10 of your most relevant.
How your application within network grant is evaluated
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). In addition to the basic criteria, your application is also evaluated based on the additional criterion Relevance for the call. The purpose of using several components is to achieve a multi-faceted evaluation. The criteria are assessed on a seven-grade scale, except for feasibility, which is 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)
- Are the purpose and long-term goal of the network clarified and well justified?
- Are the joint research bases of the participating HEIs/research environments described clearly (theme, theory, method etc.)?
- In what way do the collaboration projects contribute to research of high scientific quality?
- Are the planned results from the network collaboration sufficient and adequate?
- Are the ethical considerations for the proposed project properly described and addressed? Does the applicant adequately consider the risk/value/suffering for humans, animals, nature and/or society when relevant?
- How are issues relating to sex and gender perspectives justified and handled in the research plan?
Novelty and originality (1–7)
- In what way can the concrete collaboration projects contribute to innovative research?
- In what way does the network contribute scientific added value to research?
Merits of the applicant (1–7)
- In what way does the applicant have good merits within the subject area and in terms of leading major international collaboration projects?
- In what way do the participating researchers have good merits for the research theme?
- Does the network have a clear organisation for collaboration and leadership?
- In what way do the roles of the participating parties contribute to the implementation?
- What plans have been made for participation by junior and senior researchers?
- Are the planned activities clearly specified and fit for the purpose?
- Are the costs reasonable and well justified in view of the purpose and design of the project?
- Does the applicant adequately consider relevant legal and formal requirements for the proposed research, such as ethical permits and guidelines?
Relevance to the call (1–3)
- Does the application concern a network within educational sciences?
- Is the application relevant to the call in other respects?
Overall grade (1–7)
The above subsidiary criteria are weighed together into an overall grade (1-7). Normally, the scientific quality of the application should be given the most weight in the overall assessment. The criteria novelty and originality and merits may only in exceptional cases outweigh weaknesses in scientific quality, and then only minor weaknesses.
It is a prerequisite for being awarded a grant within educational science that the proposal is feasible, and that the applicant has a solid and relevant competence for the purpose.