Proof of Concept within Life Sciences

The purpose of the grant is to bridge the gap between basic research and commercialisation of research results within the Life Sciences area. The Proof of Concept grant offers persons who are receiving or have received a grant from the Swedish Research Council the opportunity to further develop their research results. This is done by deepening the scientific or technical verification of the results, and carrying out activities to prepare for innovation or commercialisation.

The Swedish Research Council will support projects involving the development of methods or products for treatment, prevention and diagnosis, and where the suitability and usability of the method or product is verified.

Please note that the call for Proof of Concept grants is made for the last time in 2018.

Please note that if you intend to apply for the grant, your application to the Swedish Research Council will become a public document!

Summary



Type of grant

Research project funding

Subject area

Medicine and Health

Natural and Engineering Sciences

Focus

Life Sciences

Applicant

Individual researcher who is receiving or has received a grant from the Swedish Research Council with a grant period ending in 2017 or 2018.

Participating researchers

Up to six researchers may be invited to join the application

Grant period

1 year (2018)

Grant amount

Minimum 400 000 SEK per year, maximum 1 500 000 SEK per year

Budgetary framework

14 million SEK

Call deadline

8 May 2018 (14.00/2 p.m.)

Publication of grant award award

No later than the beginning of November 2018

Read more about grants awarded in previous years.opens in new window

 

Eligibility criteria for applicants

The following criteria 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.

Focus

The call relates to the Life Sciences area. The subject area is broad and covers a number of subjects that interlink, and it is very much multidisciplinary. Research within the area is generally aimed at creating increased understanding of how all living organisms function, interact and affect their environments. Molecular, cellular and physiological processes and questions of how diseases arise are in focus. The call is for projects that relate to the development of methods or products for treatment, prevention and diagnosis of disease conditions, and thus has a clear link to the medical area.

Applicant

The applicant for a research project grant must be an individual researcher. You will be the project leader and have scientific responsibility for the project, and your level of activity in the project must be no less than 20 per cent of a full-time equivalent. You must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or a corresponding foreign degree, awarded no later than the deadline for this call. The degree award date we use is the date you fulfilled all the criteria for a doctoral degree, such as mandatory courses, oral defence and an approved doctoral thesis. For applicants with Swedish doctoral degrees, the award date listed in Ladok applies.

At the time of applying, you must be or have been the recipient of (project leader for) a previous grant from the Swedish Research Council, with a grant period ending in 2017 or 2018. You cannot apply if your grant period ends later than 2018. Your application for a Proof of Concept grant shall relate to verification of research results within the framework for the previously awarded grant.

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.opens in new window To apply, your organisation must therefore be approved as an administrating organisation.

If you are awarded a grant, you must be employed by the administrating organisation at the start of and throughout the grant period, unless the Swedish Research Council approves an exception. The employment must equal at least 20 per cent of a full-time equivalent. You do not have to be employed by the administrating organisation at the time of applying.

Number of applications and previous grants

The conditions described in this section only apply to applicants and project leaders.

What grants may I apply for simultaneously from the Swedish Research Council?

You may submit several applications under this call provided they relate to different previously awarded grants with different project ideas, and thus different Proof of Concept ideas.

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 simultaneouslyPDF

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

To apply under this call, you must be or have been the project leader for a previous grant from the Swedish Research Council. The following applies: your previously awarded grant must be a research project grant, one of our career support grants (International Postdoc, Marie Skłodowska Curie International Career grant, grant for employment as researcher, grants for distinguished young researchers), a framework grant or a research environment grant. The grant may have been awarded within any of the Swedish Research Council’s subject areas, but must be relevant to the area of Life Sciences according to the information under “Focus” above. The final year of the grant period must be 2017 or 2018. The grant period refers to the payment period from the Swedish Research Council, not the availability period, which is usually longer. Information about the criteria for your previous grant can be found in the “Approval of Conditions” you received from the Swedish Research Council.

You may not apply for a Proof of Concept grant if you have an ongoing Proof of Concept grant linked to the same ongoing grant from the Swedish Research Council.

Please see the table below for further information on grants you may apply for if you have an ongoing grant.

Table: Grants you may apply for if you have an ongoing grantPDF

Note: If you have been the project leader for previous grants from the Swedish Research Council that have ended (that is where the grant period and the availability period 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 idea as a grant you have already been awarded by, or are applying for to another funding body, please describe this.

Participating researchers

Your application may include up to six participating researchers, that is to say other researchers with a doctoral degree or corresponding competence, whose scientific competence will be crucial for the implementation of the proposed research. Participating researchers do not have to be employed by a Swedish HEI.

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

Costs and grant amounts

Grants may be applied for to finance all types of project-related costs, such as salaries (including your own salary, however no more than corresponding to your activity level in the project), premises, running costs (such as consumables, travel including stays at research facilities, publication costs and minor equipment), and depreciation costs. Grants may not be used for scholarships or consultancy fees. If a doctoral student participates, project funds may not be paid out as salary for the period when the doctoral student is teaching.

The minimum amount you may apply for is 400 000 SEK per year, and the maximum is 1 500 000 SEK per year, including indirect costs.

Grant period

The grant period is one year (2018). The payment will be made in December 2018.

How do I apply?

You apply electronically in Prismaexternal link, opens in new window, which is the application system used by the Swedish Research Council. You create your application in Prisma by filling in the text fields, uploading information from your personal account, and attaching the appendices requested.

To enable you to apply, your organisation must have been approved as an administrating organisationopens in new window and have created an organisation account in Prisma.

For most items in Prisma, there is a User Manualexternal link, opens in new window describing all the steps, and answers to FAQexternal link, opens in new window. Please refer to these when filling in your application.

Please avoid stating your own or anybody else’s full personal identity number in the application except where specifically requested.

Creating a personal account in Prisma

Before you apply, you must create a personal account in Prismaexternal link, opens in new window where you save your personal and CV data. The information only needs to be entered once, and can thereafter be supplemented or changed as required. As most of the Swedish Research Council’s calls employ foreign reviewers, please use English when entering any descriptive text in you CV data. You can also input your publications for future use. Please note that no publications can currently be uploaded from your account to the application form. This is because the publications function is under development and not yet used in the Swedish Research Council’s calls. You should therefore submit your publications list as an attached PDF file instead (please see instructions under “Publications” below).

Please allow plenty of time to create your personal account. The applications you register in Prisma will be linked to your personal account.

All other persons participating in your application must also create a personal account in Prisma and confirm their participation. Thereafter they can add their data to the application via their personal accounts.

Text

Some text fields can be formatted, which means that the font, size and alignment can be changed in these fields, and that tables and symbols can be inserted. If you insert text written using a word processing program (such as Microsoft Word), you may need to use the tools in Prisma to adjust the formatting after insertion. Images cannot be included in the text fields, however. We recommend that you use the fonts Arial, Calibri or Verdana.

All text fields have a limit on the number of characters, and this is illustrated by a character counter. If you use too many characters, the application cannot be registered.

Attached documents and appendices

You will need to attach an appendix to some fields as instructed. The appendix must consist of one file only, and you can only attach documents in PDF format. All appendices are limited as to file size and number of pages. You will not be able to register your application with an appendix that exceeds the stated maximum size.

Signing

Both you as applicant and an authorised representative of the administrating organisation shall sign the application electronically in Prisma. Please see further information under “Registering the application” below.

What must the application contain?

Please refer to the application form in Prisma in parallel with reading the instructions below.

Language

Foreign experts are involved in the scientific evaluation 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 data
  • Research description
  • Budget and research resources
  • Publications
  • Administrating organisation
  • Participants
  • CV

Descriptions of the information requested under each tab follow below. Mandatory information is marked with an asterisk (*) in Prisma.

Descriptive data

Under this tab, please fill in the project title in Swedish and English and select SCB codes and key words. Please also fill in the abstract and popular science description as instructed below.

Abstract

The abstract shall include a brief description of:

  • how the project will be implemented: project organisation and activity plan
  • the innovation potential of the project
  • what is important about the planned project, including societal benefits

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 one A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing).

Research description

Under this tab, please attach your research plan, and describe any ethical considerations and the project’s relevance for the focus, and describe the previous project financed by the Swedish Research Council to which the Proof of Concept application relates.

Ethical considerations

Describe the ethical issues raised by the research and how they are handled in the research work. Explain also why the research questions and expected results justify the conduct of the research, in view of the ethical issues raised. 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 state this.

Research plan

Please attach your research plan in PDF format. 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 five page-numbered A4 pages in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing, including references and any images. You will not be able to register your application with an appendix that exceeds the stated maximum number of pages or is larger than 3 MB.

The research plan must include the following headings and information, listed in the following order:

  • Purpose and aims: State the overall purpose and specific goals of the project.
  • Innovation potential:
    • Description of Proof of Concept idea. Describe the project, explain what the idea is about, and what the expected results are. The description shall understandable even for a non-specialist.
    • Demonstration of innovation potential. Explain the list between the proposed project and the previously project funded by the Swedish Research Council.
  • Activity plan:
    Describe the planning of the proposed project, the management plan for the project and the team that will implement the project. You should show the relevance of the method chosen to establish the technical feasibility of the project. The following shall be included:
    • Activity plan
    • Project management plan
    • Description of the team (competence, experience, etc.).
  • Expected outcome: Describe the expected outcome of the Proof of Concept project, including societal benefits, focusing on treatment, prevention and diagnosis of disease conditions. Describe:
    • Societal benefits
    • Commercialisation process and/or some other exploitation process
    • Future plans for moving the project forward

Please provide the following information also. If a heading is not relevant to your application, please leave it blank.

  • Equipment: Describe the basic equipment you and your team have at your disposal for the project.
  • 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.

Description of previously awarded grant from the Swedish Research Council

Since a condition for applying is that you are or have been the project leader for a previously awarded grant with relevance to the Life Sciences area, with a grant period ending in 2017 or 2018 (that is to say for which the Swedish Research Council’s payment of funds awarded continued/continues until the end of 2017 or 2018, but no later), you shall here describe your previously awarded project.

State the project title, type of grant, case number and amount, grant period and availability period for your previously awarded project. Information about the criteria for your previous grant can be 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 (approximately half an A4 page in Times New Roman, font size 12, single line spacing).

Relevance

Describe in what way your project is relevant to the Life Sciences area as described under the heading “Focus”.

The description may cover a maximum of 2 000 characters including blank spaces (approximately half an A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing).

Budget and research resources

Under this tab, please list personnel costs, other costs and any other funding of the project.

Project personnel

State the activity level/dedicated time (per cent of a full-time equivalent) of all personnel active within the project, that is to say yourself, any other researchers and other personnel. Your activity rate as project leader must correspond to no less than 20 per cent of a full-time equivalent.

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 rounded amounts in SEK.

Other costs

Describe any other costs of the project (premises costs, running costs and depreciation costs). Please state rounded annual amounts.

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 exceeding a certain amount (please contact your administrating organisation for information about the amount that applies to your HEI)
  • the equipment needs for your proposed project cannot be satisfied through use of national or international infrastructure open to all

Read more about research infrastructure supported by the Swedish Research Council.opens in new window

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

Total project cost

Prisma will automatically add up your budget items listed 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 covered by the project (for which you are not seeking funding under this call).

Please contact your HEI for information on what constitutes indirect and direct costs.

The maximum amount you may apply for is 1 500 000 SEK, including indirect costs.

Explanation of the budget applied for

Justify briefly each cost applied for in the budget stated. 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).

Publications

Under this tab, please attach your and any participating researchers’ publications lists in PDF format to your respective fields.

Applicant’s publications list

Please attach your publications list drawn up according to the headings and information below. The list shall cover a maximum of five A4 pages, 5 MB in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing. You will not be able to register your application with an appendix that exceeds the stated maximum number of pages.

The list shall begin with the maximum ten publications of greatest importance for your application:

1. Selection of publications: List the maximum ten 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 four lines per publication). Highlight your name in bold in the author list.

You shall also list relevant publications from the last eight years:

2. Publications from the last eight years: Sort the publications, with your name highlighted in bold in the author list, under each heading (publication type) in the following order:

  • 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
  • Patents: Please state date of registration
  • Open access computer programs or databases you have developed
  • Other publications including popular science books/presentations

Note: 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 in the publications list shall be identical to that of the published work. The application cannot be supplemented with publications after the deadline for the call.

Participating researchers’ publications lists

Attach all participating researchers’ publications lists joined up into one file. The list for each researcher shall include a maximum of ten publications, in the form of the most relevant publications for the research described, and shall cover a maximum of one A4 page. The name of the researcher in question shall be highlighted in bold and also be included in the page header of each list.

Note: Please only include articles or corresponding that are published or accepted for publication at the time of applying. The author order in the publications list shall be identical to that of the published work. The application cannot be supplemented with publications after the deadline for the call.

Administrating organisation

Under this tab, please state the administrating organisation and project site. The administrating organisation is the organisation that administers the grant awarded and is responsible for it according to the conditions set. The project site is the organisational unit where the project is carried out. Normally, the administrating organisation and project site correspond to the HEI and the department where the project leader is employed.

To allow you to link your application to an administrating organisation, the organisation must have an approved account in Prisma. Please contact your administrating organisation and ask it to apply for an organisation accountexternal link, opens in new window with the Swedish Research Council if it does not already have one.

If your project site is not listed in Prisma, please contact the person responsible for the organisation account at your administrating organisation. You will not be able to finalise the registration of your application if the project site is missing.

Participants

Under this tab, you as applicant may invite other participating researchers and participating administrators to your application. A participating administrator is a person who is not necessarily part of the project, but who can help you to input and edit information in the application.

When inviting participants, please make sure you use the correct email address linked to the person’s Prisma account. You may invite participants who do not already have an account in Prisma, but in order to participate in your application they must register their own personal accounts in Prisma. All participants must accept their invitation, and participating researchers must upload their CV data to the application before you can finalise the registration of the application.

Once a participating researcher has accepted your invitation, you can allocate authority to him/her to edit the application.

CV

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, taking into account the stated limitation in numbers:

  • Education: First, second and third cycle higher education and specialist degrees.
  • Work: Current employment (including whether permanent or not) 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.

Registering the application

The tab “Check and register” shows a summary of the fields in your application that may require action in order to register it (such as mandatory fields not filled in, text fields with too many characters, discrepancies from limits on the possible project period or budget applied for). The registration of your application is not finalised until you click on the “Register” button.

Please make sure you use the preview function before registering your application.

Note: Everybody you have invited in your application must accept the invitation before you can register the application. If an invitation is not accepted, it must be deleted. Before registration, all participating researchers must also upload their CV information from their own personal accounts in Prisma.

The registered application can thereafter be found in your personal Prisma account in the tab “Applications and grants”, under the menu choice “Applications”. Until the deadline for the call, a registered application may be de-registered, amended and re-registered again as necessary.

It is your responsibility to ensure the application is complete, that is to say the application form is correctly filled in, the correct appendices are attached and the information requested has been provided according to the instructions. Please only submit material specifically requested. We do not accept any additional information after the deadline, except when specifically requested.

Signing

When you register the application, it is signed by you as project leader. To ensure the application is deemed complete and included in the review process, an authorised representative of the administrating organisation also has to sign the application. The representative is normally the head of the department where the research will be carried out, but this is dependent on your administrating organisation’s structure.

The applicant’s signature confirms that:

  • the information in the application is correct and complies with the Swedish Research Council’s instructions
  • secondary occupations and commercial ties have been reported to the administrating organisation and that nothing has emerged that breaches good research practice
  • the applicant has not been found guilty of scientific misconduct during the last two years before the deadline of the call
  • the permits and approvals required have been obtained before the research is started, such as permits from the Swedish Medical Products Agency or approval from an ethical review board or an ethical committee on animal experiments
  • the applicant will comply with all other conditions applicable to the grant

The signature of the administrating organisation confirms that:

  • the research or research-supporting activity described can be given room at the administrating organisation during the period and to the extent stated in the application
  • the applicant will be employed by the administrating organisation during the period covered by the application
  • the administrating organisation approves of the budget in the application
  • the applicant has not been found guilty of scientific misconduct by the administrating organisation signing during the last two years before the deadline of the call
  • the administrating organisation will comply with all other conditions applicable to the grant

The above points shall have been discussed by the parties before the representative of the administrating organisation approves and signs the application.

Note: The authorised representative of the administrating organisation must sign the application in Prisma no later than one week (seven calendar days) after the call deadline date in order for the application to be considered further in the review process.

What happens next?

When you have registered your application and the call closes (at 14.00/2 p.m. on the deadline date of the call), the registration of your application is automatically finalised and your application is given a registration number.

Your registered application is automatically forwarded to the representative of the administrating organisation for signature in Prisma. The application must be signed by the administrating organisation no later than one week (seven calendar days) after the deadline. You will receive an email when the application has been signed.

Thereafter you will find information about the status of the application, registration number and signature of the application in your account in Prisma, under the tab “Applications and grants”.

Evaluation

The scientific evaluation of the application is carried out by active researchers. These peer reviewers evaluate the application in competition with the other applications based on the evaluation criteria set by the Swedish Research Council.

If an application is not completed according to the instructions, this will be weighed into the evaluation.

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Decision

Shortly after the grant decision has been made, a notice of the grant awards will be published on the Swedish Research Council’s website. You will thereafter find a notice of the decision and a final statement on your application in your personal account in Prisma, under the tab “Applications and grants”. The statement consists of a grading and, in some cases, written comments.

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Contact

Questions about application content

If you have any questions about application content, please contact one of the following persons:

Gergana Angelova Hamberg, +46 (0)8-546 44 146

Annika Johansen, +46 (0)8-546 44 251

Technical questions

In the first instance, please consult the help menu in Prisma to see instructions, plus answers to FAQexternal link, opens in new window including a detailed User Manualexternal link, opens in new window that describes most items in Prisma.

If you cannot find the answer to your technical question, you may contact our Technical Support.external link, opens in new window Please note that it may take 1 to 2 working days to get an answer, depending on the workload of the support personnel.

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Updated: 2018-03-27

Conditions for applications and grants

Please make sure that you fully understand the terms and conditions that apply to applications to the Swedish Research Council. Read more about each term below:

Approved administrating organisations

Commercial Interests

Ethical guidelines

Indirect costs

Open access

Public access