Please note that the conditions have been clarified under the heading Requirements for applicants /Number of applications and previous grants.

Open call

20 April - 24 May 2022

Proof of concept within the infection area

The purpose of the grant is to bridge the gap between basic research and utilisation or commercialisation of research results within the infection area. The proof of concept grant offers persons who are receiving or have received a grant from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), The Swedish Research Council for health, working life and welfare (Forte) or the Swedish Research Council for sustainable development (Formas) the opportunity to further develop their research results. This shall be done by verifying the useability and suitability of a new method, product or process developed from an earlier research project, and to carry out activities preparatory to innovation or commercialisation.

The initiative is part of the national research programme on antibiotic resistance and the national research programme on viruses and pandemics.

Support form: Project support

Subject area: Medicine and Health, Natural and Engineering Sciences

Focus: Infection area (antibiotic resistance, and viruses and pandemics)

Applicant: Individual researcher who is receiving or has received a grant from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), The Swedish Research Council for health, working life and welfare (Forte) or the Swedish Research Council for sustainable development (Formas), with a grant period ending in 2020, 2021, or 2022.

Participating researchers: Up to 6 other researchers may be invited to join the application

Grant period: 1-2 years

Grant amount: Minimum 500 000 SEK per year, maximum 2 000 000 SEK in total

Budgetary framework: 10 million SEK for the field of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance, plus 10 million SEK for the field of viruses and pandemics

Start of grant period: January 2023

Application period: 20 April 2022 (14.00/2 pm) – 24 May 2022 (14.00/2 pm)

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

Please note:

  • Please note that applications submitted to the Swedish Research Council become official documents. The main rule is that the general public is entitled to partake of these, according to the principle of public access to official documents. Please see under the heading Public access below for further information.
  • 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.
  • You must justify in the project 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.

Specific instructions for the call

In addition to reading the call text, you also need to consult our Guide for applicants.