Open call

31 January - 05 March 2024

Research environment grant in artistic research

The purpose is to create added value through collaboration in larger groupings than in a normal project, and to adopt a long-term perspective. The applicant shall be a constellation of several researchers from different higher education institutions (HEI) and/or different subjects, nationally or internationally, who are working towards a common research goal in the long term.

Collaboration may, for example, be justified by a multiartistic and/or multidisciplinary research task, joint projects between researchers at different HEIs and departments, or research linked to a national/international infrastructure. The research task must be so extensive and so challenging that it cannot be addressed by a single researcher, and the application must demonstrate that the research team offers a suitable combination of the knowledge and competences required to address this particular task.

Subject area: Artistic Research

Support form: Research environment and collaboration support

Grant form: Research environment grant

Focus: Artistic research

Applicant: Individual researcher

Participating researchers: Minimum 2 and maximum 6 other researchers shall be invited to join the application. At least one of the researchers (the applicant or one of the participants) must have been awarded a doctoral degree no later than the deadline for the call.

Grant period: 4–6 years

Grant amount: Minimum 2 000 000 SEK per year, maximum 3 000 000 SEK per year.

Start of grant period: January 2025

Application period: 31 January 2024 (14.00/2 pm) – 5 March 2024 (14.00/2 pm).

Publication of grant award: No later than the end of October 2024.

Please note:

Pdf / Printout

Digital Information Meeting

8 February 2024 at 13.00–14.30

There will be a presentation of this grant form and two others. You as an applicant will have the opportunity to ask questions about the call and the application process.

Further information and registration

Contact

Telephone hours are weekdays excluding public holidays 9.00-15.00 up to the call deadline.

Calls within Artistic research

konstnarligforskning@vr.se

08-546 123 32

Specific instructions for the call

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

Contents:

Requirements for applicants

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.

Focus

The grant covers research on an artistic basis in all artistic fields, such as

  • architecture
  • visual art (fine art), including audio-visual media
  • circus
  • dance and choreography
  • design
  • film, photography and moving image
  • arts and crafts
  • curatorial practices
  • literature
  • music
  • opera
  • performance
  • theatre
  • multi-disciplinary artistic activities

Applicant

The applicant for a research environment grant shall be an individual researcher together with their organisation (a Swedish higher education institution (HEI) or another Swedish organisation that fulfils our criteria for administrating organisations for grants from the Swedish Research Council). 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 research activities described. 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 within an artistic area. For artistic research, there is no formal requirement for a doctoral degree, but if you as applicant do not hold a doctoral degree, then at least one of the participating researchers must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or a corresponding foreign degree, awarded no later than the deadline for this call. For applicants with Swedish doctoral degrees, the issue date of the degree registered in Ladok applies.

You do not have to be employed by the administrating organisation at the time of application, but you must be employed at the start of and throughout the grant period and any further additional availability period. The employment must equal at least 20 per cent of a full-time equivalent.

Number of applications and previous grants

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 participate in one single application for a research environment grant under this call, as either applicant or participant researcher. You may not apply for other research environment grants from the Swedish Research Council, but you may be included as a participating researcher in such an application.

You may apply for this grant at the same time as you apply for a project grant, but the project concept has to be different. Further information about the grants you may apply for during the same year are shown on the page Several grants simultaneously.

What requirements apply if I already have a grant from the Swedish Research Council?

There are certain restrictions if you are the project leader of an ongoing grant, that is to say a grant with a grant period that overlaps the period of the grant the application relates to. Please note that the availability period, that is to say the time during which you have the right to use your grant, is normally longer than the grant period. You can find information about the requirements for your ongoing grant in the “Approval of terms and conditions” you received from the Swedish Research Council.

If you already have an ongoing grant, then further information about the grants you may apply for are shown in on the page Several grants simultaneously.

If you have already been awarded a project or career grant

You may apply for a research environment grant if you are the project leader for an ongoing project grant or career grant. A prerequisite for the application to be successful is that the grant awarded is not part of the application for a research environment grant, but on the other hand, the grant awarded may complement the application.

If you have already been awarded a research environment grant:

You may not apply for this grant if you are the project leader for an ongoing research environment grant. You may apply for this grant if you are participating in an ongoing research environment grant, provided the content of the project is new and does not overlap with the previously awarded project. In the same way, if you are the project leader for an ongoing research environment grant, you may participate in a new application under this call. In both cases, it shall be clearly shown in the research plan how the new project differs from the ongoing project.

If you have already been awarded a grant within the distinguished professor programme, or are a researcher recruited under the Swedish Research Council’s call for international recruitment

If you have a distinguished professor grant or are a researcher recruited through the Swedish Research Council’s international recruitment call, you may not apply for a research environment grant if the grant period for the grant awarded overlaps the grant period for this call. On the other hand, you may participate in an application.

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.

Participating researchers

You must include a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 participating researchers in your application, from artistic research or other knowledge fields. Participating researchers are other researchers whose artistic or scientific competence will be crucial for the implementation of the planned research. They do not have to be employed by a Swedish HEI.

If you as applicant do not hold a doctoral degree, then at least one of the participating researchers must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or a corresponding foreign degree, awarded no later than the deadline for this call.

Participating researchers shall provide the necessary information themselves in Prisma, and upload these to the application. Any other collaboration partners and their roles shall be described in the research plan (please see instructions under “Research plan” below).

Costs and grant amounts

You can apply for a grant for all types of project-related costs, such as:

  • salaries (including your own salary), however no more than corresponding to the person’s activity level in the project
  • premises
  • running costs (such as consumables, travel including stays at research facilities, publication costs, and minor equipment)
  • depreciation costs.

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 may not be paid out as salary during teaching or other departmental duties.

The minimum amount you may apply for is 2 000 000 SEK per year, including indirect costs. The maximum amount you may apply for is 3 000 000 SEK per year.

The Swedish Research Council assumes that the administrating organisation will cover any costs in excess of the amount received.

Grant period

You may apply for a grant for a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 6 years, starting in January 2025. The first payment will be made in January 2025 at the earliest.

The project leader must submit an interim report no later than 28 February 2027, describing how the research environment has developed. If the results do not correspond to the preconditions that the award of the grant was based on, the grant amounts for the remaining grant period may be reviewed.

What must the application contain?

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.

We prefer that you complete your application in English, but you may also use Swedish. The popular science description shall always be written in Swedish, however.

The information we request under each tab is described below.

Descriptive information

Abstract

In the abstract, please describe in brief the following:

  • What is to be done: purpose and aims
  • How the research will be carried out: project organisation, time plan and methods
  • What is important about the planned research

The abstract shall provide a summary picture of the purpose and implementation of the research. 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 research 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 research about?
  • Why is it important to research this?
  • In what way may the new knowledge be important?

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.

Other applications or grants

Describe briefly the different projects and their relationship if

  • you are applying for or intend to apply for other grants from the Swedish Research Council
  • you are receiving an ongoing grant from the Swedish Research Council with a grant period that wholly or partly overlaps with the grant you are now applying for
  • there are applications or grants relating to the same project concept/purpose from the Swedish Research Council or other funding bodies (from you or another researcher)

In all cases, you should also justify why you are submitting one or several further applications. If there are no other applications or grants, please state so.

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, single line spacing.

Research description

Ethical aspects

Legal and formal requirements

State whether the research covers the handling of personal data, experiments on animals and/or studies involving humans.

If the research covers any of the above, you must also describe/state the approvals and permits your research project requires, and how you plan to obtain these. Describe any other permits that affect your application, such as whether parts of the research will be done in a country other than Sweden. If no approvals or permits are needed, please state so.

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, single line spacing.

More information is available on the page Conducting ethical research.

Ethical considerations

Reflect on the ethical issues that may arise for your project, and describe these. You must also describe how you plan to address ethical dilemmas that may arise. Please justify why the research should be carried out against the background of the ethical issues you have identified. Examples of issues to reflect on:

  • How do your research questions and expected results measure up in relation to the ethical issues that you have identified?
  • What (direct) risks (physical, mental, or integrity) will research persons or animals be exposed to?
  • What long-term risks may arise from the research? Is there any risk that the research may be used in a way that is detrimental to animals, nature/the environment, or society (whole or parts of the same) in other respects?
  • Is the research expected to contribute to other values over and above the knowledge gain? If so, to whom?
  • How do you weigh up the risks (in particular short-term risks) against the value (which is often more long-term) of the research?

If no ethical issues are raised, please justify this. 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.

Sex and gender perspectives

Please state whether sex and gender perspectives are applicable in your planned research, and justify your decision. Please note that we are not asking for information about the composition of the research team (women/men). Read more about sex and gender perspectives in research content.

The following applies:

  • If you answer “Yes”: Please justify your answer, and describe also how you take account of sex and gender perspectives in the research plan. If you have stated that sex and gender perspectives are applicable, but still choose not to include them in your research plan, you will need to justify your decision here.
  • If you answer “No”: Please justify your answer.

The justification 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.

Research plan

The research plan shall be forward-looking and consist of a brief but complete description of the research task. It may cover a maximum of 10 page-numbered A4 pages in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing and 2.5 cm margins, including references and any images.

The research 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 research project.

State-of-the-art

Summarise briefly the current research frontier within the field or area covered by the project. State key references.

Significance and novelty

Describe briefly how the project relates to previous research within the area, and the impact the project may have in the short and long term. Describe also how the project moves forward or innovates the current research frontier.

Preliminary and previous results

Describe briefly your own previous research and pilot studies within the research area that make it probable that the project will be feasible. If no preliminary results exist, please state this. State also whether the project continues to build on research and results from a grant awarded previously by the Swedish Research Council.

Project description

Describe the project design under the following headings:

  • Theory and method: Describe the underlying theory and the methods to be applied in order to reach the project goal.
  • Time plan and implementation: Describe summarily the time plan for the project during the grant period, and how the project will be implemented. Describe also any crucial risks or obstacles that may impact on the implementation, and your plan for managing these.
  • Project organisation: Clarify how you and the participating researchers 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 research undertakings. Describe and explain the competences and roles of the participating researchers in the project, and also other key persons (including any doctoral students) who are important for the implementation of the project.

Provide the following information also. If a 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.

Need for research infrastructure

Specify the project’s need for international and national research infrastructure. If you choose to use other infrastructure than those supported by the Swedish Research Council, and that are thereby open to all, you must justify this (also applies to local research infrastructure).

International and national collaboration

Describe your own and the team’s collaboration with foreign and Swedish researchers and research teams. State whether you contribute to or refer to international collaboration in your research.

Relevance

Describe how your project is relevant for the focus of artistic research (see the definition in the introduction to the call text) and how the project promotes the development of this field.

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.

Description of merits

Describe how the merits you state in your CV and list of publications and other research outputs confirm your competence as project leader and responsible for implementing the proposed research activities. 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, single line spacing.

Publications and other research outputs

The applicant’s publications and other research outputs

Please attach your list drawn up according to the headings and information below. The list may cover a maximum of 5 page-numbered A4 pages in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing and 2.5 cm margins.

Sort the outputs under each heading in reverse chronological order, so that the latest publication is at the top of the list. 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. You cannot supplement the application with outputs after the deadline for the call.

1. Selection of research outputs

List the 10 publications or other outputs that are the most important for confirming your competence as project leader and responsible for implementing the proposed research activities. Describe how you contributed to each output, and its relevance to the research project described (maximum 4 lines per output). Highlight your name in bold in the author list/corresponding.

2. Relevant peer-reviewed research outputs from 2016–2024

In this part, the outputs listed under Item 1 shall also be included if they were published during the period in question. Sort them with your name highlighted in bold in the author list/corresponding under headings (type of output) in the following order:

  • Original articles
  • Conference contributions, the results of which are not included in other publications
  • Edited volumes
  • Research review articles
  • Books and book chapters
  • Artistic work
  • Other outputs that do not fit under any of the headings above. Please note that intellectual property rights shall be shown in the CV section of the application.
3. Relevant non peer-reviewed research outputs from 2016–2024

In this part, the outputs listed under Item 1 shall also be included if they were published during the period in question. Sort them with your name highlighted in bold in the author list/corresponding under the respective headings (type of output) in the following order:

  • Artistic work
  • Publications including popular science books/presentations
  • Preprints
  • Other outputs that do not fit under any of the headings above. Please note that intellectual property rights shall be shown in the CV section of the application.

Participating researchers’ publications and other research outputs

Attach all participating researchers’ publication lists joined together into a single file.

The list for each researcher shall include the 10 publications or other research outputs that are the most relevant for the implementation of the research activities described, and shall cover a maximum of 1 A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing and 2.5 cm margins. The name of the researcher in question shall be highlighted in bold and also be included in the page header of each list.

The outputs may be of the following types and must be 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 outputs after the deadline for the call.

Peer-reviewed

  • original articles
  • conference contributions
  • edited volumes
  • research review articles
  • books and book chapters
  • artistic work
  • other outputs

and

Non peer-reviewed research outputs.

Budget and research resources

Project personnel

State the activity level (per cent of a full-time equivalent) of all personnel active in 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 in 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.

Other costs

Describe any other costs of the project (premises costs, running costs and depreciation costs). Please state annual amounts in Swedish krona, rounded to the nearest 1 000 SEK.

You may include depreciation costs for equipment to be used in the project, provided that:

  • the equipment has an economic life of at least three years
  • the equipment has an acquisition value above a certain amount
  • the need cannot be satisfied through use of national or international infrastructure supported by the Swedish Research Council and thereby open to all.

You may only include the proportion of depreciation costs that corresponds to the use of the equipment in the proposed project, and you may not include depreciation costs for equipment that is wholly funded by other grants. Please contact your administrating organisation for information about what is included in local research infrastructure, acquisition values or how to calculate depreciation costs.

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 every cost 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.

Other funding

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.

Administrating organisation

Please state the administrating organisation and project site of the project.

Participants

Here you shall invite participating researchers and any participating administrators to your application.

CV

Under this tab, please upload your relevant CV information from your personal account in Prisma. The information/merits shall confirm your competence as project leader and scientifically responsible for implementing the proposed research activities. Participating researchers must upload their own CV information to the application.

The following information (where available) must always be included in each CV:

Education

First, second and third cycle higher education and specialist degrees.

Work

  • Current employment (including information on employment format)
  • Longer relevant employments
  • Post-doctoral visits (also state as employments if applicable)
  • Researcher exchanges of relevance to the research described
  • Any longer interruptions in the research that have impacted on your opportunity to gain merit as a researcher.

Merits and awards

  • Docentship/associate professorship
  • Persons you have supervised (postdoctoral and doctoral students; state the number of persons in each category and list the names of the maximum 10 most relevant)
  • Relevant grants you have received in competition (list maximum 10)
  • Your most relevant prizes and awards (list maximum 10)
  • Any other merits of relevance to the application, such as invitations to lecture, leader assignments, representative assignments, membership of scientific associations and similar.

Intellectual property rights

For example, patents and open access computer programs developed by you; state up to 10 of your most relevant.

How your application is assessed

Quality is the fundamental criterion when the Swedish Research Council allocates grants to research. Your application is evaluated in competition with the other applications on the basis of the following evaluation criteria.

Evaluation process

Your application for research environment grant within artistic research is evaluated by a review panel consisting of Swedish and international members who are active in artistic research.

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 two review panel meetings, one during the spring and one during the autumn, to discuss and prioritise the applications, and to make a proposal for a decision to the Committee for artistic research.

Review panels

In order to enable more in-depth discussions of applications of higher quality that have a reasonable chance of being funded, the applications that received the lowest grades from the panel members during the spring meeting are not discussed in detail at the review panel meeting during the autumn. Following the grant decision, all applications receive a final statement that includes the review panel’s grading of the application. The applications that have been discussed in more detail at the autumn panel meeting receive an individual final statement which, in addition to the grades, also contains a summary of the review panel’s discussion and joint assessment of the quality of the application.

Here you will find a more comprehensive description of the Swedish Research Council's assessment of applications

Evaluation criteria and guiding questions

The evaluation of the quality of your application is made based on four basic criteria (Quality as artistic research, Novelty and originality, Merits of the applicant, Feasibility). The purpose of using several components is to achieve a multi-faceted evaluation. The criteria are assessed on a seven-grade scale, except for feasibility, which is assessed on a three-grade scale. In addition to the basic criteria, your application is also evaluated using two additional criteria (Relevance, Synergy/Added value). Relevance is assessed on a three-grade scale and Synergy/Added value is assessed on the seven-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. The guiding questions are intended to serve as a help in interpreting the different assessment criteria. When assessing a project, some questions may address the project in question more or less well.

The projects will be assessed as artistic research. Based on the Vienna Declaration on Artistic Research, this is defined as research through means of high-level artistic practice and reflection; an epistemic inquiry, directed towards increasing knowledge, insight, understanding and skills. Artistic research covers all artistic practices, and the result of the research consequently relate to a broad artistic field, either intradisciplinary, or inter- or transdisciplinary. It is thus not necessary for each individual project to contribute to the entire field of artistic research, instead it is sufficient to contribute to your own field.

Quality of the project as artistic research (1–7)

Guiding questions:

  • To what extent will the research environment outlined by the project make a significant contribution to artistic research and its future development?
    • Are the purpose, method and presentation of the research shown clearly?
    • How well are research problems, approach, method and artistic expression integrated?
    • To what extent can the project, as a part of the overall and expected artistic research quality, also be expected to achieve artistic qualities?
    • How well integrated is the gender perspective where it is justified? Does the application disregard sex and gender perspectives that could have been relevant?
  • How well are the project’s ethical aspects highlighted and to what extent are possible problems discussed and handled?

Novelty and originality (1–7)

Guiding questions:

  • To what extent is the research environment characterised by novel and original artistic questions?
    • Does the project investigate previously overlooked problems and/or practices?
    • Are new approaches and methods for implementing the research project tried?
    • Are transdisciplinary and/or other perspectives used, which contribute to further development of the research field and the artistic field?
    • Will the project results be presented in a way that allows its novel and original contribution to be well expressed?

Merits of the applicant (1–7)

Guiding questions:

  • To what extent does the research environment offer a unique combination of knowledge and competence required for the specific artistic research task?
  • Do the project participants – in particular the project leader – have the artistic research competence and experience that are needed to implement the research project?
    • Has the previous work of the project participants had impact within the area the research project relates to, both nationally and internationally?
    • Have the project participants demonstrated ability for independent and creative artistic research?
  • Do the project participants have the relevant and complementary competence required to carry out the research task?
  • Do the project leader and participating researchers have the artistic research competence and organizational experience required to build a long-term sustainable research environment?
  • To what extent do the applicant and participating researchers have experience of supervising doctoral students (in case the application includes doctoral students)?

Feasibility (1–3)

Guiding questions:

  • How well is the time plan of the research environment justified in relation to its intended progression and sought-after qualities?
  • Is the design and time plan of the project realistic and suitable in relation to what is to be done?
    • Is there access to materials, equipment, and other resources required to implement the project?
    • To what extent are the proposed artistic research methods suitable for implementing the project?
    • Is the work allocation and collaboration formats between the project participants described in a satisfactory way?
  • To what extent is there awareness of potential risks for the implementation of the project, such as permit reviews, and plans for how these should be handled if they arise?

Relevance (1-3)

Guiding questions:

  • To what extent is the proposed research project relevant to the artistic field and for the development of the diversity of the artistic research field?

Synergy/Added value (1-7)

Guiding questions:

  • To what extent does the collaboration between the project participants create synergy effects and added value for artistic research?
  • To what extent can the research environment strengthen the quality within the specific artistic research area, at the host institution(s), in Sweden and internationally, also in the long term?
  • Does the proposed development of the research environment entail potential for innovative artistic research?

Overall grade (1–7)

The above subsidiary criteria are weighed together into an overall grade, which reflects the review panel’s joint evaluation of the application’s quality.

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