The following provides advance information to facilitate planning ahead of making an application. The full call text will be published when the call opens.

Upcoming call

07 September - 08 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, Medicine and health, Natural and engineering sciences, Educational sciences, Artistic research, 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: 7 September 2022 (14.00/2 pm) – 8 November 2022 (14.00/2 pm)

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

Framework for the call

The Swedish Research Council’s funding of centres of excellence shall contribute to Swedish research remaining leading internationally and shall enable new research fields to emerge. The initiative is based on a Government mandate.

The centre shall be based on a central theme, or a central issue, to be defined by the applicant.

A centre for research and teaching activities shall be built up around this theme. An overarching goal for the centre shall be to contribute to developing new, cross-disciplinary/multi-disciplinary research fields, and pioneering research approaches within these.

The centre shall offer programme activities within the overarching thematic area, and shall be designed so that it creates preconditions for researchers from different established research disciplines to participate during shorter or longer periods.

In addition to the programme activities, the centres shall also cover one or several of the following components:

  • international visiting researchers
  • graduate schools
  • new recruitment in international competition of well-qualified junior researchers (up to 7 years after award of doctoral degree).

The centres shall also be active within higher education (master’s and doctoral education), and shall actively communicate with/involve the surrounding society in its activities.

You may apply for a grant to cover costs associated with the programme activities, that is:

  • costs for administrative support, travel and subsistence for programme participants
  • costs for graduate schools
  • salary costs for international visiting researchers and the junior researchers newly recruited and participating in the programme activities.

The grant may not be used for research expenses, doctoral student salaries or scholarships. The higher education institutions shall contribute co-funding by covering premises costs, other salaries and any research expenses for the newly recruited researchers.

The review process will be carried out in two stages. During the first stage, the organisational proposal will be assessed, focusing on the design of the programme operation, recruitment processes, management and organisation. During the second stage, the scientific assessment will be made, focusing on the scientific description of the central theme or issue.

It is our intention to carry out a second call during 2027/2028, providing the content of the coming Government research policy bill allows this. In the event of a second call, the centres that have already been awarded a grant may apply for a grant for a further 5 years.

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Information meeting

20 September at 13.00–15.00

The grant form will be presented in brief, and applicants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the call and application.

More information and registration


Emilie Sörås Antila

Mattias Marklund