Open call

09 May - 09 June 2022

Project grant for research collaboration between Korea and Sweden

The purpose of the grant is to fund Swedish researchers collaborating with Korean researchers within three different research areas relating to the COVID-19 pandemic: post-COVID syndrome, global COVID-19 mitigation and pandemic preparedness. The initiative is focused on research into remaining or late-onset symptoms following COVID-19 infection (post-COVID syndrome) as well as development of methods, products and strategies for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and pandemic preparedness.

The grants are financed by the Swedish Research Council, and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), on the principal of reciprocity and parity.

Support form: Research environment and collaboration support

Subject area: Medicine and Health

Focus: Korea-Sweden: Joint research collaborations on

  • Research within post-COVID syndrome
  • Global COVID-19 mitigation
  • Preparedness for future pandemics

Applicant: Individual researcher who participates as the Swedish project leader in a joint collaboration with a project leader in Korea. Only researchers at an administrating organisation approved by the Swedish Research Council may apply.

Grant period: 15 months

Grant amount:
800 000 SEK for the Swedish project leader for the entire grant period.
100 000 000 KRW for the Korean project leader for the entire grant period.

Budgetary framework:
4 000 000 SEK in total (for Swedish participation)
500 000 000 KRW in total (for Korean participation)

Start of grant period: October 2022 

Application period: 9 May 2022 (14.00/2p.m.) -9 June 2022 (14.00/2p.m.)

Publication of grant award: No later than the end of September 2022

Please note:

  • The call is administered in parallel by the Swedish Research Council and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). A joint application from the Korean and Swedish partners shall be submitted by the Swedish partner to the Swedish Research Council and by the Korean partner to NRF External link, opens in new window..
  • The Swedish principle of public access to official records applies to all research applications submitted to the Swedish Research Council.
  • 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.
  • Please note also that if you are awarded a grant, you are expected to publish your research data and research results of relevance to the COVID-19 pandemic with open access as soon as possible. Determining which data can be published with open access shall always be based on applicable legislation. Please use the national COVID-19 data portal External link, opens in new window. to make your data accessible when possible.

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Korean applicants are instructed to please contact

Sujin Pak, e-mail: sjp@nrf.re.kr telephone: +82 02-3460-5618

Specific instructions for the call

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