Please note that the text was updated on 26 October under the heading Requirements to apply/Costs and grant amounts. Here we have clarified that the grant must not be used for premises costs and that the higher education institutions shall contribute co-funding by covering any research expenses for international visiting researchers.

Open call

21 September - 22 November 2022

Grant for centre of excellence

The purpose of the grant is to support the build-up and development of environments that promote research collaboration on a joint theme and contribute to higher education. The call is open for applications relating to pioneering and multi-disciplinary issues in all scientific disciplines.

Support form: Operational support

Subject area: Humanities and Social Sciences, Artistic Research, Medicine and Health, Natural and Engineering Sciences, Educational Sciences, Development Research

Applicant: Individual researcher

Participating researchers: Minimum 2 and maximum 4 other researchers shall be invited to join the application. These must also be employed and active at a Swedish organisation that fulfils the requirements and has been approved by us as an administrating organisation for our grants.

Grant period: 5 years. The option to apply for a further 5 years may arise.

Grant amount: Minimum 4 000 000 SEK per year, maximum 6 000 000 SEK per year

Budgetary framework: Up to 10 grants may be awarded

Start of grant period: January 2024

Application period: 21 September 2022 (14.00/2 pm) – 22 November 2022 (14.00/2 pm)

Publication of grant award: No later than end of June 2023

Please note:

  • You may only participate in one application for this grant under this call, either as an applicant or as a participating researcher.
  • A formal letter of support for each participating researcher (that is, the applicant and all participating researchers) shall be signed by a representative of the HEI in question, and be included in the application. This also includes the administrating organisation.
  • 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 also justify in the organisational plan how your stated activity level is suited to the implementation of the activities.
  • 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 Opens in new window..