The application period has been extended to 11 June. Now, docents are also eligible to apply.
The call opened 14:00 27 March 2019
The call closed 14:00 11 June 2019
Research time for clinicians within the infection area: antibiotics and antibiotics resistance
The purpose of the grant is to give clinically active researchers the opportunity to conduct relevant research within the infection area, focusing on antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant infections, and to develop independent research in parallel with developing their clinical competence. The Swedish Research Council rewards research of the highest scientific quality in national competition.
The call is made within the framework for the national research programme on antibiotic resistance, which is a Government mandate to the Swedish Research Council. The national research programme supports both basic research and more applied research into antibiotic-resistant bacteria in order to increase knowledge of how these infections shall best be diagnosed and treated, and how their emergence and spread can be prevented. This is the second call within the area, and the call may possibly be repeated and/or grants awarded may be extended at a later stage.
Medicine and Health
Individual researcher who completed a doctoral degree no more than 7 years ago, and who is a minimum 30 per cent clinically active.
No participating researchers may be invited to join the application.
12 months of full-time research, allocated over the availability period of the grant (3 years).
2 000 000 SEK
11 June 2019 (14.00/2 p.m.)
Publication of grant award
No later than the end of October 2019
Start of grant period
- Please read and follow the instructions. In addition to this specific call text, you also need to read our Guide for applicants.
- Please do not state anybody’s personal identity number in the application.
- A new feature in this call is that the career age for applicants is now up to 7 years after completion of a doctoral degree. The grant amount has also been increased to 2 million SEK, and the requirement for clinical activity is 30 per cent instead of 50 per cent.
- As from spring 2019, you will need to have a data management plan 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 corresponding, and also that the plan will be maintained.
- Read more about grants awarded in previous years.
Call text in full
The following requirements must be fulfilled in order for you to be eligible to apply for the grant. We carry out checks to ensure unqualified applications are rejected from further processing.
The Swedish Research Council invites clinically active researchers within areas such as infection, laboratory or general medicine, odontology, surgery, paediatrics, oncology, healthcare-associated infections and hygiene to apply for funds for research time and research in the area of infection, focusing on antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. The research shall be clinical-based and assumes access to patients, healthcare structures and resources.
Clinical research on infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria is needed in order to increase knowledge of how these infections shall best be prevented, diagnosed and treated. New ways of working within healthcare, including rational use of antibiotics and improved healthcare hygiene practices must be developed and implemented in order to reduce the emergence and spread of healthcare-associated infections. The call may also support research into new diagnostic methods, biomarkers for monitoring therapies, and new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of conditions such as sepsis, COPD, ARDS, tuberculosis, urinary tract infections, odontological diseases, endocarditis or septic arthritis, for the purpose of optimising or reducing the use of antibiotics. Basic research into the development of new drugs may only be supported if in a clinical phase.
The applicant must be an individual researcher, who is employed within health and medical care during the grant period (for example a physician, nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist or dentist), or employed at a Swedish HEI and also clinically active for at least 30 per cent of a full-time equivalent. The purpose is to enable research on a part-time basis in parallel with development of clinical skills within the operation where the applicant is employed. The position is intended as a career step for persons in the process of establishing themselves as independent researchers close to docent/associate professor level.
Grants from the Swedish Research Council shall be administered by a Swedish university or HEI or another Swedish public organisation that fulfils our criteria for administrating organisations. Your organisation must therefore be approved as an administrating organisation for you to apply.
If you are awarded a grant, you must be employed by the administrating organisation at the start of the grant period and throughout the grant’s availability period, unless the Swedish Research Council approves an exception. The research time, corresponding to 12 months full time, shall be combined with clinical activity within healthcare corresponding to no less than 30 per cent of a full-time equivalent over three years. It is up to the individual researcher, clinic/healthcare principal and the administrating organisation to agree on how the research and clinical activities shall be divided up over the year. Please note that you must describe your clinical activity in the application.
You must not be a professor, adjunct professor, or senior lecturer at the time of the deadline of the call.
Read more about the EU’s policy and recommendations for recruitment of researchers in the European regulations for researchers on the EU’s website.
To apply for a grant for research time for clinicians, your doctoral degree must have been awarded no more than 7 years ago, that is to say awarded no later than the deadline date for the call and no earlier than 15 May 2012. The degree award date we use is the date you fulfilled all the requirements for a doctoral degree, such as mandatory courses, oral defence and an approved doctoral thesis. For applicants with Swedish doctoral degrees, the award date (date of completed studies) listed in Ladok applies. You will not be able to complete your application if your doctoral degree was awarded more than 7 years ago.
If your doctoral degree was awarded earlier, it is however still possible to apply if there are grounds for deductible time after your doctoral degree that have affected your ability to gain merit as a researcher. The Swedish Research Council’s recognised grounds are parental leave, positions of trust in trade union organisations and student organisations, mandatory service in the total defence forces, long-term illness (own reported illness or care of child/close family member), general medical internship (maximum 24 months) or further training/specialist medical internship for clinically active professionals (maximum 24 months). Please note that we do not accept other employment, unemployment or holidays as deductible time.
If you wish to claim deductible time, you must specify the recognised grounds and time involved in your application (please see instructions under “Descriptive information” below).
We carry out random checks and may request confirmation that supports the grounds for deductible time stated by you.
Number of applications and previous grants
What grants may I apply for simultaneously from the Swedish Research Council?
You may only submit one application for this grant under this call. Other restrictions on the grants you may apply for during the same year are shown in the table below.
Table: Grants you may apply for simultaneously (pdf, 460.8 kB)
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 a previously awarded grant that is ongoing, that is to say where the grant period (payment period from the Swedish Research Council) overlaps the grant period of the grant this application covers. Please note that the availability period, that is to say the time during which you can draw down the grant awarded, is normally longer than the grant period. Information about the criteria for your previous grant can be found in the “Approval of terms and conditions” you received from the Swedish Research Council.
Please see the table below for further information and any restrictions relating to grants you may apply for if you have an ongoing 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 or purpose as a grant you have already been awarded by, or are applying for to another funding body, please describe this.
You may not invite any participating researchers in this application. Any collaboration partners and their roles shall be described in the research plan (please see instructions under “Research plan” below).
Costs and grant amounts
The grant is paid out in a standard amount of 2 000 000 SEK per year, of which 1 000 000 SEK is for your salary costs during the 12 months of time for research, and 1 000 000 SEK to cover research expenses (which may include all types of project-related costs, such as salaries for participants, premises, running costs and depreciation costs). The grant amount includes cover of indirect costs. The standard amount relating to salary costs also includes social security contributions. Grants may not be used for scholarships.
The Swedish Research Council assumes that the administrating organisation, as the employer responsible, will cover any costs in excess of the standard amount received.
The grant covers 12 months of full-time research, allocated over the three-year period the grant is available, starting in January 2020. The first payment will be made no earlier than December 2019.
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.
Foreign experts may be involved in the scientific assessment of the applications. To ensure fair and equitable assessment and efficient processing, please therefore complete your application in English.
Sections of the application
The application form includes the following tabs:
- Descriptive information
- Research description
- Budget and research resources
- Letter of support
- Administrating organisation
- Participants (only administrators in this call)
Descriptions of the call-specific information requested under each tab follow below.
The abstract shall include a brief description of the following:
- what is to be done: purpose and aim
- how the research problem will be studied in a summary project design, including patient sample, choice of variables, data collection and analysis methods, and time plan. Please use PICO (population/intervention/control/outcome) for controlled studies
- how the research relates to your clinical work
- what the direct patient benefit is from the planned research.
The abstract shall provide a summary guide to 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 (approximately one third of an A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing).
Popular science description
Describe the project in such a way that a person who is not familiar with the subject can understand it. Describe what is to be done and why, and explain in what way the new knowledge may be important.
The popular science description is an important tool when we inform about the research funded by the Swedish Research Council. If we grant your application, we reserve the right to use the description for information purposes.
Note: The popular science description must be written in Swedish, unlike the rest of the application.
The description may cover a maximum of 4 500 characters including blank spaces (approximately 1 A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing).
The grant shall be combined with clinical work in Sweden, corresponding to at least 30 per cent of a full-time equivalent, in a position such as a physician, hospital chemist, nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist or dentist. Describe in what way you fulfil this requirement and what your clinical work involves. If applicable, please also state who your employer is/will be within health and medical care. The description may cover a maximum of 750 characters including blank spaces in Arial, font size 11.
Please state the recognised grounds for any longer interruptions in your active research time after your doctoral degree. The interruption shall be calculated as a full-time equivalent and be rounded up into full calendar months. Please see the Swedish Research Council’s recognised grounds for deductible time under the heading “Career age” above.
Describe the ethical issues raised by your project or corresponding. 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. How do your research questions and expected results measure up in relation to the ethical issues? Please also state whether the research involves any handling of personal data, or experiments on animals or human subjects. If no ethical issues are raised, please justify this.
The research plan shall consist of a brief but complete description of the research task. The focus of the research plan shall be forward-looking, and it shall cover a maximum of 4 page-numbered A4 pages in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing, including references and any images.
The research plan shall include the following headings and information, listed in the following order:
- Purpose and aims: State the overall purpose and specific goals of the research project, and provide brief background information and justification for the project. Clarify the primary question.
- State-of-the-art: Summarise briefly the current research frontier within the field/area covered by the project, and as applicable the current clinical practice. State key references.
- Significance and scientific novelty: Describe briefly how the project relates to previous research within the area, and its importance in the short and long term. Describe also how the project moves forward the current research frontier, increases the knowledge background of the field of research, or innovates current clinical practice.
- 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. State also if no preliminary results exist. State whether the project contributes further to research and scientific results from a grant awarded previously by the Swedish Research Council.
- Project description: Describe the project design, including the following items:
- 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.
- Project organisation: Clarify the contributions of yourself and any other researchers to the implementation of the project, including a description of competences and roles in the project.
Provide the following information also. If a heading is not relevant to your application, please leave it blank.
- International and national collaboration: Describe your collaboration with foreign and Swedish researchers and research teams. State whether you contribute to or refer to international collaboration in your research.
- Other applications or grants: If you are applying for or intend to apply for other grants from the Swedish Research Council, the relationship between the projects shall be clarified. This applies also if you are receiving ongoing grants from the Swedish Research Council with grant periods that wholly or partly overlap with the grant you are now applying for. You should also justify why you are submitting one or several further applications. Describe also the relationship with other applications to or grants from other funding bodies for the same project concept (from you or another researcher).
- Independent line of research: If you are working or will be working in a larger group, please clarify how your project relates to the other projects in the group. If you are continuing a project that was wholly or partly started during your doctoral or postdoc studies, you must also describe the relationship between your project and the research of your former supervisor.
Describe how your project is relevant for the focus (see the definition under the heading “Focus” above) and how the project promotes the development of this field.
The description may cover a maximum of 4 000 characters including blank spaces (approximately one A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing).
Budget and research resources
The grant is a standard amount and you therefore do not need to enter any budget applied for in the application form.
Justification of the budget applied for
Describe briefly the primary costs you intend to cover within the framework for the grant budget. The description may cover a maximum of 4 000 characters including blank spaces (approximately one A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing).
Please state your or any other researcher’s funding over and above what is applied for in this application. Please state rounded amounts in SEK.
Applicant’s publication list
Please attach your publication list drawn up according to the headings and information below. The list shall cover a maximum of 5 page-numbered A4 pages in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
Please sort the publications under each heading in reverse chronological order, so that the latest publication is at the top of the list. Please only include articles or corresponding that are published or accepted for publication at the time of applying. The author order shall be identical to that of the published work. The application cannot be supplemented with publications after the deadline for the call.
1. Selection of publications: List the maximum 5 publications of greatest importance to your application. For each publication, please state how you contributed to it, and its relevance to the research project described (maximum 4 lines per publication). Highlight your name in bold in the author list. State “Part of PhD thesis” in bold in brackets for the publications included in the doctoral thesis.
2. Total number of publications: Sort the publications, with your name highlighted in bold in the author list, under each heading (publication type) in the following order: State “Part of PhD thesis” in bold in brackets for the publications included in the doctoral thesis.
- Peer-reviewed original articles
- Peer-reviewed conference contributions, the results of which are not included in other publications.
- Peer-reviewed edited volumes
- Research review articles
- Peer-reviewed books and book chapters
- Other publications including popular science books/presentations
Letter of support
The appendix covering a maximum of 1 A4 page shall include information about your clinical activity (job title and employer) and percentage employment (minimum 30 per cent), and certify that working hours will be freed up for the research project in question. The name and contact details of the clinic manager or corresponding signing the certificate shall be stated.
Please state the administrating organisation and project site.
Here you may invite participating administrators to your application.
Under this tab, please upload your relevant CV information from your personal account in Prisma.
The following information, where available, must always be included in your CV, taking into account the stated limitation in numbers:
- Education: First, second and third cycle higher education and specialist degrees.
- Work: Current employment (including employment form) and longer relevant employment, postdoctoral visits (also included as employment if relevant), research exchanges relevant to the research described and any longer interruptions in the research that have impacted on your opportunity to gain merits as a researcher.
- Merits and awards: Docentship/associate professorship, supervisees (postdoctoral and doctoral students; state the overall number of each category and list the 10 most relevant to you), up to 10 of your most relevant grants awarded in competition, up to 10 of your most relevant prizes and awards, and up to 20 other merits relevant to the application.
- Intellectual property rights: For example, patents and open access computer programs developed by you; state up to 10 of your most relevant.
Scientific 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.
Your application is evaluated by a specialised subject review panel where the members are Swedish and international researchers.
At least three members review and grade your application individually. The entire review panel then meets at a review panel meeting to discuss and prioritise the applications, and finally to make a proposal for a decision to the Scientific Council for Medicine and Health.
A certain proportion of the applications with the lowest grades from the members’ individual reviews are screened out in the beginning of the review panel meeting. These applications will not be the subject of discussion, which gives room for more detailed discussion and prioritisation of the applications of higher quality, which have a reasonable chance of being funded.
The applications screened out only receive an overall grade and a standardised final statement after the decision is made. The other applications receive an individual final statement that reflects the review panel’s discussion and overall assessment of the scientific quality of the application.
Evaluation criteria and guiding questions
The evaluation of the scientific quality of your application is made based on four basic criteria (Scientific quality of the proposed 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 grade scale.
In addition to the basic criteria, your application is also evaluated using an additional criterion (Relevance to the call) 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.
Scientific quality of the proposed research (1–7)
- In what way will the project advance the understanding of how infection diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, best be diagnosed, treated and how to reduce or prevent their emergence and spread, e.g. by antibiotic stewardship or improved clinical practice, including medical hygiene practices?
- Is the definition of the problem and proposed solutions clear, convincing and compelling?
- Does the study design, its research questions and hypotheses, meet the standards of highest scientific quality?
Novelty and originality (1–7)
- Does the project extend or challenge current understanding, opinion or practice in its field?
- Is the project built on a unique combination of ideas, preliminary data, and different methodologies to create novel approaches to address the question at hand?
- Is there potential for creation of new knowledge, novel technologies, or new directions for research and advancement of the field?
Merits of the applicant (1–7)
- How does the applicant’s academic qualifications and achievements relate to his or her career stage and active time for research?
- Does the applicant have sufficient clinical and research experience, expertise, level of independence and scientific network for implementation of the proposed project?
- Will the applicant combine research and clinical duties with time for visits at international institutes?
- Is the general design, including the time frame, realistic for implementing the proposed project?
- Are the materials, methods, experimental models, and when appropriate, patient cohorts adequate and well adapted to the hypothesis or research question?
- Are the resources needed well defined and at place?
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 scientific quality.
Additional assessment criterion
For the call an additional assessment criterion, “Relevance to the call”, is used. The three-grade rating scale shall be used for this criterion. The “Relevance” criterion must not be weighed into the overall grade. Instead, it is to be weighed into an application’s ranking in relation to others. Thus, an application can be of high relevance, but low scientific quality (or vice versa). The following additional guiding questions have been adapted for use in the Research time for clinicians call:
- Does the project have the potential to provide new knowledge of disease mechanisms and factors that affect emergence or spread of infectious diseases or antimicrobial resistance?
- Does the project have the potential of advancing the field with regard to treatments and/or interventional procedures for conditions that occur due to infections and antimicrobial resistance?
- Will the research findings from project have translational impact on healthcare practice of prevention and treatment of infections or antimicrobial resistance?