09 February - 15 March 2022
Research environment grant within artistic research
The purpose of the research environment grant within artistic research is to create added value through collaboration in slightly larger groupings and with a longer term perspective than standard projects can offer. The applicant shall be a constellation of several researchers from different higher education institutions (HEI) and/or different subjects, nationally or internationally, who are working towards a common research goal.
Collaboration may, for example, be justified by a research task with a multi-artistic and/or multi-scientific focus, joint projects between researchers at different HEIs and departments, or research linked to a national/international infrastructure. The research task must be so extensive and so challenging that it cannot be addressed by a single project leader, and the application must demonstrate that the research team offers a suitable combination of the knowledge and competences required to address this particular task.
Support form: Research environment and collaboration support
Subject area/focus: Artistic Research
Applicant: Individual researcher
Participating researchers: Minimum 2 and maximum 6 other researchers shall be invited to join the application. At least one of the researchers (the applicant or one of the participants) must have been awarded a doctoral degree no later than the deadline for the call.
Grant period: 4–6 years
Grant amount: Minimum 2 000 000 SEK per year, maximum 3 000 000 SEK per year
Start of grant period: January 2023
Application period: 9 February 2022 (14.00/2 pm) – 15 March 2022 (14.00/2 pm)
Publication of grant award: No later than the end of October 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 organisations 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. Furtermore, we also ask you to describe the management of risks or obstacles to the implementation of the project in the research plan.
- You must explain in your research plan how your stated activity level is suited to the implementation of the research project.
- You will need to have a data management plan Opens in new window. 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.
- Added 11 March: This applies for collaborations with researchers in Russia and Belarus Opens in new window.
Digital Information Meeting
Time: Februari 24, 2022 at 13.00–14.30
There will be a presentation of the grant form and you as an applicant will have the opportunity to ask questions about the call and the application process.
Specific instructions for the call
In addition to reading the call text, you also need to consult our Guide for applicants Opens in new window..
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 grant covers research on an artistic basis in all artistic fields, such as
- visual art (fine art), including audio-visual media
- dance and choreography
- film, photography and moving image
- arts and crafts
- curatorial practices
- multi-disciplinary artistic activities
The applicant for a research environment grant shall be an individual researcher together with their organisation (a Swedish higher education institution (HEI) or another Swedish organisation that fulfils our requirements for administrating organisations for grants from the Swedish Research Council 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 project. 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 have a high level of research competency within an artistic area. For artistic research grants, there is no formal requirement for a doctoral degree, but if you as applicant do not hold a doctoral degree, then at least one of the participating researchers must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or a corresponding 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 application, 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
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?
Number of applications for a research environment grant
You may only participate in one single application for a research environment grant under this call, as either applicant or participant. You may not apply for a research environment grant under any other of the Swedish Research Council’s calls either, but you may be included as a participating researcher in such an application, however.
Applications for a research environment grant and project grant:
You may apply for this grant at the same time as you apply for a project grant, but if your application for the project grant forms part of this grant application, this fact will be considered during the overall weighted assessment of the resource requirement.
Further 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..
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 have already been awarded a project or career grant
You may apply for a research environment grant if you are the project leader for an ongoing project grant or career grant. A prerequisite for the application to be successful is that the grant awarded is not part of the application for a research environment grant, but on the other hand, the grant awarded may complement the application.
If you have already been awarded a research environment grant:
You may not apply for this grant if you are the project leader for an ongoing research environment grant. You may apply for this grant if you are participating in an ongoing research environment grant, provided the content of the project is new and does not overlap with the previously awarded project. In the same way, if you are the project leader for an ongoing research environment grant, you may participate in a new application under this call. In both cases, it shall be clearly shown in the research plan how the new project differs from the ongoing project.
If you have already been awarded a grant within the distinguished professor programme, or are a researcher recruited under the Swedish Research Council’s call for international recruitment
If you have a distinguished professor grant with a grant period that overlaps the grant period for this call, or are a researcher recruited through the Swedish Research Council’s international recruitment call, you may not apply for a research environment grant. On the other hand, you may participate in an application for a research environment grant.
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..
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 as a grant you have already been awarded by, or are applying for to another funding body, please describe this.
You must include a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 participating researchers in your application, from artistic research or other knowledge fields. Participating researchers are other researchers, whose artistic or scientific competence will be crucial for the implementation of the planned research. They do not have to be employed by a Swedish HEI.
If you as applicant do not hold a doctoral degree, then at least one of the collaborating researchers must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or a corresponding foreign degree, awarded no later than the deadline for this call.
Participating researchers shall provide the necessary information themselves in Prisma, and upload these to the application. Any further collaborating partners and their roles shall be described in the research plan (please see instructions under “Research plan” below).
Costs and grant amounts
You can apply for a grant for 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.
The grant amount includes cover of indirect costs as a percentage of the direct costs, according to the model used by your administrating organisation. 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.
The minimum amount you may apply for is 2 000 000 SEK per year, including indirect costs. The maximum amount you may apply for is 3 000 000 SEK per year.
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 4 year and a maximum of 6 years, starting in January 2023. The first payment will be made during January 2023 at the earliest.
The project leader must submit an interim report no later than 28 February 2026, describing how the research environment has developed. If the results do not correspond to the preconditions that the award of the grant was based on, the grant amounts for the remaining 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 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
- Publications and artistic outputs
- Administrating organisation
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 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 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
- you have applied to or are receiving a grant relating to the same project concept/purpose from the Swedish Research Council or other funding body (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 one A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
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 research project 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 one half 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 in your planned research, 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”: Please justify your answer, and describe also how you take account of sex and gender perspectives in the research plan. If you have stated that sex and gender perspectives are applicable, but still choose not to include them in your research 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 research plan shall be forward-looking and consist of a brief but complete description of the research task. 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 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 project.
- State-of-the-art: Summarise briefly the current research frontier within the field or area covered by the project. State key references.
- Significance and novelty: Describe briefly how the project relates to previous research within the area, and the impact the project may have in the short and long term. Describe also how the project moves forward or innovates the current research frontier.
- Preliminary and previous results: Describe briefly your own previous research and pilot studies within the research area that make it probable that the project will be feasible. If no preliminary results exist, please state this. State also whether the project contributes further to research and scientific results from a grant awarded previously by the Swedish Research Council.
- Project description: Describe the project design under the following headings:
- Theory and method: Describe the underlying theory and the methods to be applied in order to reach the project goal.
- Time plan and implementation: Describe summarily the time plan for the project during the grant period, and how the project will be implemented. Describe also any crucial risks or obstacles that may impact on the implementation, and your plan for managing these.
- Project organisation: Clarify how you and the participating researchers will contribute to the implementation of the project. Explain in particular how the time allocated by you (that is, your activity level) as project leader is suitable for the task, including the relationship with your other research undertakings. Describe and explain the competences and roles of the participating researchers in the project, and also any other researchers or equivalent who are important for the implementation of the project.
Provide the following information also. If a heading is not relevant to your application, please state this under the heading.
- Equipment: Describe the basic equipment you and your team have at your disposal for the project.
- Need for research infrastructure: Specify the project’s need for international and national research infrastructure. If you choose to use other infrastructure that those supported by the Swedish Research Council Opens in new window., and that are thereby open to all, you must justify this (also applies to local research infrastructure).
- International and national collaboration: Describe your own and the team’s collaboration with foreign and Swedish researchers and research teams. State whether you contribute to or refer to international collaboration in your research.
Describe how your project is relevant for the focus artistic research (see the definition in the introduction to the call text) and how the project promotes the development of this field.
The description may cover a maximum of 4 000 characters including blank spaces. This is approximately one A4 page in Arial, font size 11.
Budget and research resources
State the activity level (per cent of a full-time equivalent) of all personnel active within the project, that is to say yourself, the other researchers and other personnel. Please also state the salary you are applying for, for yourself and/or other personnel active within the project, 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.
You may include depreciation costs for equipment to be used in the project, 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 satisfied through use of national or international infrastructure supported by the Swedish Research Council and thereby open to all.
You may only include the proportion of depreciation costs that corresponds to the use of the equipment in the proposed project, and you may not include depreciation costs for equipment that is wholly funded by other grants. Please contact your administrating organisation for information about what is included in local research infrastructure, acquisition values or how to calculate depreciation 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.
Note that indirect costs follow the model that your administrating organisation uses. You must therefore contact the administrating organisation to find out what applies to your project.
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.
Publications and artistic outputs
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 and artistic outputs under each heading in reverse chronological order, so that the latest published work 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 and outputs after the deadline for the call.
1. Selection of publications and artistic outputs: List the 10 publications or artistic outputs of greatest importance to your application. Describe how you contributed to each publication or output, 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 and artistic outputs from 2014-2022: In this part, the publications or outputs listed under Item 1 shall also be included if they have been published or completed during the period in question. Sort the publications and outputs, with your name highlighted in bold in the author list, under each heading (publication type) in the following order:
- Exhibitions, concerts, performances, etc.
- 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’ lists of publications and artistic outputs joined up into one file. The list for each researcher shall include the 10 publications or artistic outputs 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 completed, 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 or outputs after the deadline for the call.
The publications and outputs shall be of the type artistic output, 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 and project site.
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. The 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 any 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.
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 for research environment grant within artistic research is evaluated by a review panel consisting of Swedish and international members who are active in artistic research.
At least three members review and grade your application individually. The entire review panel then meets at two review panel meetings, one during the spring and one during the autumn, to discuss and prioritise the applications, and finally to make a proposal for a decision to the Committee for Artistic Research.
In order to enable more in-depth discussions of applications of higher quality that have a reasonable chance of being funded, the applications that received the lowest grades from the panel members during the spring meeting are not discussed at the review panel meeting during the autumn. Ahead of the autumn meeting, the remaining applications are reviewed by each member of the panel, together with at least two external reviewers.
Following the grant decision, all applications receive a final statement that includes the review panels’ grading of the application. The applications that have been discussed at the second panel meeting receive an individual final statement which, in addition to the grades, also contains a summary of the review panel’s discussion and joint assessment of the quality of the application.
Evaluation criteria and guiding questions
The evaluation of the quality of your application is made based on four basic criteria (Quality as artistic research of the proposed project, Novelty and originality, Merits of the applicant, and Feasibility). The purpose of using several components is to achieve a multi-faceted evaluation. The criteria are assessed on a seven-grade scale, with the exception of feasibility, which is assessed on a three-grade scale. In addition to the basic criteria, your application is also evaluated using two additional criteria (Relevance, Synergy/Added value). Relevance is assessed on a three-grade scale and Synergy/Added value is assessed on the seven-grade scale.
For each criterion, there are guiding questions to support the review panel members’ evaluation of your application. These can also function as guidance for you when you write your application. The guiding questions are intended to serve as a help in interpreting the different assessment criteria. When assessing a project, some questions may address the project in question more or less well.
The projects will be assessed as artistic research. Based on the Vienna Declaration on Artistic Research, this is defined as research through means of high level artistic practice and reflection; an epistemic inquiry, directed towards increasing knowledge, insight, understanding and skills. Artistic research covers all artistic practices, and the result of the research consequently relate to a broad artistic field, either intradisciplinary, or inter- or transdisciplinary. It is thus not necessary for each individual project to contribute to the entire field of artistic research, instead it is sufficient to contribute to your own field.
Quality as artistic research of the proposed project (1–7)
- Will the project be able to make a significant contribution to artistic research and its future development?
- Are the purpose, method and presentation of the research shown clearly?
- How well integrated are the research problem, approach, methodology and artistic practice?
- To what extent can the project be expected to achieve artistic qualities?
- How well integrated is the gender perspective where it is justified? Does the application disregard sex and gender perspectives that could have been relevant?
Novelty and originality (1–7)
- Does the project ask new questions, and does it focus on original and innovative artistic questions?
- Does the project investigate previously overlooked problems and/or practices?
- Are new approaches and methods for implementing the research project tried?
- Are transdisciplinary and/or other perspectives used, which contribute to further development of the research field and the artistic field?
- Will the project result be presented in a way that allows its innovative contribution to be well expressed?
Merits of the applicant (1–7)
- Do the project participants – in particular the project leader – have the artistic research competence and experience that are needed to implement the research project?
- Has the previous work of the project participants had impact within the area the research project relates to, both nationally and internationally?
- Have the project participants demonstrated ability for independent and creative artistic research?
- Do the project participants have the relevant and complementary competence required to carry out the research task?
- Do the project leader and participating researchers have the artistic research competence and organizational experience required to build a long-term sustainable research environment?
- To what extent do the applicant and participating researchers have experience of supervising doctoral students (in case the application includes doctoral students)?
- Is the design and time plan of the project realistic and suitable in relation to what is to be done?
- Is there access to materials, equipment, and other resources required to implement the project?
- To what extent is the proposed research method and the artistic working methods suitable for implementing the project?
- Is the work allocation and collaboration formats between the project participants described in a satisfactory way?
- Have the ethical aspects of the project been highlighted, and to what extent is there a presentation of how any problems will be handled?
- To what extent is there awareness of any risks for the implementation of the project, such as permit reviews, and plans for how any such should be handled?
- To what extent is the proposed research project relevant to the artistic area and for the development of the artistic research field?
Synergy/Added value (1-7)
- To what extent does the research environment offer a unique combination of knowledge and competence required for the specific artistic research task?
- To what extent does the collaboration between the project participants create synergy effects and added value for artistic research?
- To what extent can the research environment strengthen the quality within the specific artistic research area, at the host institution(s), in Sweden and internationally, also in the long term?
- Does the proposed development of the research environment entail potential for innovative artistic research?
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 quality.