16 August - 12 September 2023
Grant for research communication in artistic research
The purpose of the grant is to enable holders of earlier and/or ongoing research grants from the Swedish Research Council to plan, implement and evaluate communication activities that entail dialogue or co-creation with identified groups outside academia.
Support form: Science communication support
Subject area/Focus: Artistic research
Applicant: Individual researcher who is receiving a grant from the Swedish Research Council. Holders of earlier research grants are also eligible to apply, provided the grant period ended on 31 December 2019 or later.
Participating researchers: Up to 6 researchers may be invited to join the application.
Grant period: 6–24 months
Grant amount: Minimum 200 000 SEK, maximum 500 000 SEK for grants lasting 6–12 months. Minimum 400 000 SEK, maximum 1 000 000 SEK for grants lasting 13–24 months.
Start of grant period: January 2024
Application period: 16 August 2023 (14.00/2 p.m.) – 12 September 2023 (14.00/2 pm)
Publication of grant award: No later than the beginning of December 2023
- The project shall include collaboration with a curator, producer, creator, collaboration coordinator, collaboration lecturer, artist, project coordinator, designer, communicator or other relevant professional expertise.
- You must explain in your project plan how your stated activity level is suited to the implementation of the communication project. We also ask you to describe the management of risks or obstacles to the implementation of the project plan.
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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.
Artistic research covers research on an artistic basis in all artistic areas, 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 shall be an individual researcher together with their organisation (Swedish higher education institution, HEI, or some other Swedish organisation that fulfils our criteria for administrating organisations for Swedish Research Council grants 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 be responsible 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 competence in an artistic field. For artistic research, there is however no formal requirement for a doctoral degree.
At the time of applying, you must be or have been the holder of a previous grant that ended (or will end) on 31 December 2019 or later (see below which grant forms that are covered). Your application for the communication grant shall be linked to the previously awarded or ongoing grant/project.
You do not have to be employed by the administrating organisation at the time of applying, but you must be employed at the start of and throughout the grant period and any additional availability period. The employment must equal at least 20 per cent of a full-time equivalent.
Number of applications and previous grants
The requirements described in this section only apply to applicants (project leaders).
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?
You may only submit one application for this grant under this call.
What applies for my previous grant from the Swedish Research Council?
To apply under this call, you must be or have been the holder of a grant from the Swedish Research Council, with a grant period that ended (or will end) on 31 December 2019 or later. Your previously awarded grant must be a project grant (including a project grant for international collaboration), one of our career support funding forms (international postdoc, starting grant, consolidator grant, grant for half-time research position in a clinical environment, or research time), a distinguished professor grant, or a research environment grant.
Note: If you have been the project leader for previous grants from the Swedish Research Council that have ended, final financial reports 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 can include up to 6 participating researchers in your application who are active in the artistic area or other fields of knowledge. Participating researchers are other researchers, whose artistic or scientific competence will be crucial for the implementation of the planned project (not doctoral students). They do not need to be employed by a Swedish HEI.
Participating researchers shall provide the necessary information themselves in Prisma, and upload these to the application. Please describe any doctoral students or other participating partners and their roles in the project plan (see instructions under “Project plan” below).
The project shall include collaboration with a curator, producer, creator, collaboration coordinator, collaboration lecturer, artist, project coordinator, designer, communicator or other relevant professional expertise. You must describe the format for the collaboration, and the person’s role in the project in the project plan.
Costs and grant amounts
You can apply for a grant for costs directly related to the implementation of the communication project, such as salaries, retained expertise, rental of external premises, or remuneration to participants in collaboration activities.
The grant must not be used for scientific conferences, activities that are necessary to fulfil ethical requirements (such as meetings with public agencies), internal training, or other inputs that fall within the framework for ordinary research or communication activities.
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 must not be paid out as salary during teaching or other departmental duties.
The amounts you may apply for are the following:
- Minimum 200 000 SEK, maximum 500 000 SEK for grants lasting 6–12 months.
- Minimum 400 000 SEK, maximum 1 000 000 SEK for grants lasting 13–24 months.
You may apply for a grant to cover 6–24 months, starting from January 2024.
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
- Project 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 project will be implemented: project organisation, time plan and activities
- What is important about the planned project
The abstract shall provide a summary picture of the purpose and implementation of the project. 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 project 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 project about?
- What is important about the planned project
The popular science description is important when we inform about the research funded by the Swedish Research Council.
The text must be in Swedish and may 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 project plan shall be forward-looking and consist of a brief but complete description of the project. It may cover a maximum of 6 page-numbered A4 pages in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing and 2.5 cm margins, including references and any images.
The project 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 communication project.
- Project organisation: Clarify how you and any participating researchers and other personnel 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 undertakings. Describe and explain the competences and roles of the participating researchers and other personnel, during what phase they are participating in the project, and also any other key persons who are important for the implementation of the project.
- Significance: Describe briefly how the project relates to your previously awarded research project, and the impact the communication project may have in the short and long term. Formulate the project’s potential concrete added value for individuals in the target group, and for the project team itself. State how the project is planned so that these added values can be achieved.
- Communication plan: Describe the communication activity/-ies under the following headings:
- Target group: State what characterises the group the project is intending to reach, and how the target group can benefit from the project’s knowledge and activity/-ies. State how the project reasons in terms of representation, and how you plan to take into account views arising during the project process.
- Activity/-ies: Describe the design and what will be implemented in the project, and how the activity/-ies will reach or involve the target group intended. State where the activity/-ies will take place, in what format, and how active the target group is intended to be.
- Time plan: Describe summarily the time plan for the project during the grant period. Describe also any crucial risks or obstacles that may impact on the implementation, and your plan for managing these.
- Follow-up: Describe how the project and the activity/-ies will be followed up. Describe the planned follow-up method, and describe how the method is intended to show how the goal and purpose have been achieved, and added value created for the target group.
Provide the following information also. If the 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.
Description of previously awarded grant from the Swedish Research Council
Please describe your previously awarded project/grant that the communication grant is linked to. State the project title, grant format, Swedish Research Council case number and amount, grant period and availability period for your previously awarded project/grant. You can find information about the criteria for your previous grant in the “Approval of Conditions” you received from the Swedish Research Council.
The description may cover a maximum of 2 000 characters, including blank spaces. This is approximately half an 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, you, any other researchers, doctoral students 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 other costs in the project (premises costs or operating costs). Please state the amounts in Swedish krona, rounded to the nearest 1 000 SEK.
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.
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
Attach your and any participating researchers’ publication lists to the respective fields (the participating researchers’ publication lists must be merged into one file). The list for each researcher shall include the 10 publications or artistic outputs that are the most relevant to the project described, and shall cover a maximum of 1 A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing and 2.5 cm margins.
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 after the deadline for the call.
The publications 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 and/or artistic outputs.
Please state the administrating organisation and project site.
Here you as applicant may invite other participating researchers and administrators to your application.
Under this tab, please upload your relevant CV information from your personal account in Prisma. Any participating researchers must upload their own CV information to the application.
The following information (where available) must always be included in each CV:
- Education: Third cycle higher education.
- Work: Current employment (including information on employment format) and any longer relevant employment you have had.
- Merits and awards: Other merits of relevance for the application, including previous experience of science communication (may be stated under “Other merits”).
Quality is the fundamental criterion when the Swedish Research Council allocates grants to artistic research. Your application is evaluated in competition with the other applications on the basis of the following evaluation criteria.
Your application for grant for research communication is evaluated by a review panel where the members are Swedish and international researchers and communication experts within the artistic field.
At least three members review and grade your application individually. If extra competence is needed, your application might also be evaluated by an additional, external, reviewer. The entire review panel (not including any external reviewers) then meets at a review panel meeting to discuss and prioritise the applications, and to make a proposal for a decision to the Committee for artistic research.
Following the grant decision your application will receive an individual final statement containing the grades and a summary of the review panel’s discussion and overall assessment of the quality of the application.
Evaluation criteria and guiding questions
The evaluation of the quality of your application is made based on two criteria, Communication quality of the proposed project, and Relevance for the call. The criteria are assessed on a three-grade scale.
For each criterion, there are guiding questions to support the panel members’ evaluation of your application. These can also function as guidance for you when you write your application.
Communication quality of the proposed project (1–3)
- How clear and well-motivated are the project's aims and objectives?
- How well does the application specify which target groups outside the academy the project is aimed at/will collaborate with? To what extent are the target groups relevant in relation to the project's purpose, aims and budget?
- How well described are the project's activities, interactions and time planning? How well suited are the planned elements to reach the set goals and target groups? To what extent do the proposed activities involve a further development of the original research project's artistic forms of expression and presentation?
- How well does the application describe the way the project management will be carried out? How well integrated are goals and methods?
- To what extent is the project innovative with regard to research communication within the artistic research field?
- Is the planned follow-up reasonable and adequate in relation to the purpose, aims and budget?
Relevance to the call (1–3)
- To what extent does the application concern communication with relevance to artistic research?
- How well does the application specify which competencies in the form of engaged resources are required to realize the project? Is the content and scope of the specified resources reasonable given the design and size of the project?
- To what extent do the applicants, in combination with other participating and engaged resources, have the competence required to communicate research outside of the academy?
- To what extent is it clear which research results the project is based on? How well does the application show how the project relates to the research that the applicant conducts/has conducted? How relevant is the justification of the project in relation to cited previous research?
- How well is the potential value of the project to the target groups outside of the academy described, for continued research and/or for continued collaboration in the project’s network?