The aim of the grant is to support the development of long-term research collaboration between Swedish and Chinese researchers.
The Sino-Swedish Joint Research Programme was initiated in order to promote collaboration between researchers from Sweden and China as well as supporting research of the highest scientific quality. The programme has a long term perspective where calls for network grants in 2015 now are followed by calls for project grants. The grants are financed by the Swedish Research Council in Sweden and the National Natural Science foundation of China (NSFC) in China on the principle of reciprocity and parity.
The Swedish Research Council and NSFC will have joint administration of the call and make a joint decision by using a panel consisting of both Swedish and Chinese evaluators.
Type of grant
Medicine and Health
Focus and call objectives:
Applications concern joint research collaborations between China and Sweden within any or both of the two subfocuses: Disease due to environmental impact or life style factors and Treatment of chronic disease.
Individual researcher active in Sweden in collaboration with a researcher active in China
Maximum 1 000 000 SEK (Swedish part) and 1 000 000 CNY (Chinese part) per year and collaboration project
A maximum total of 10 collaboration projects may be funded within the call
23 May 2017 (at 10:00/10 a.m. Swedish time, 16:00/4 p.m. Chinese time)
Publication of grant award decisions
No later than end of November 2017
Grant period start date
The applicants (the Swedish researcher and the Chinese collaboration partner) must fulfil the requirements set out below to be eligible to apply for the grant. The Swedish Research Council and National Natural Science Foundation of China will carry out checks to ensure that ineligible applications are rejected from further processing.
The Chinese project leader and administrating organisation must submit a parallel application to NSFC for check of eligibility. Please see http://www.nsfc.gov.cn/ for more information.
Please note that “Swedish” and “Chinese” in this call refer to the researcher’s country of affiliation and not nationality.
The Sino-Swedish research collaboration is enabled by a bilateral agreement between the Swedish and Chinese governments. Under this agreement the Swedish Research Council and NSFC in China jointly funds grants for collaborative research. This year the evaluation and administration of the programme will be made jointly by the Swedish Research Council and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
The Swedish Research Council funds the Swedish part of granted applications while NSFC funds the Chinese part of the collaborations.
The main objective of the grant is support new or existing Sino-Swedish researcher projects that in the longer perspective may develop into long-term collaborations. The collaboration shall be based on the principle of mutual benefit, equality and commonly set objectives. The call for project grants is open for applications concerning research within these two subfocuses:
Disease due to environmental impact or life style factors
The individual’s health is a result of several influencing factors acting either indirectly or directly. The immediate milieu, e.g. working conditions or living conditions may expose the individual to factors that can affect the health. Also more global effects may in the long run affect health, e.g. climate change leading to an increase in exposure to infectious diseases. More direct effects are seen as a result of negative life style factors, such as inadequate physical activity, over-eating, smoking or drug abuse.
Treatment of chronic disease
Improved health care will result in increasing numbers of patients suffering from chronic diseases. As these patients will require life-long disease management entirely new treatment strategies need to be developed. Efficient drugs with minimal side-effects and new technologies allowing treatment at home will be required as well as training programs maintaining physical and mental functions.
The Research project Grant is open to a joint application made in collaboration between one researcher in Sweden and one researcher based at a Chinese university or other research institution. The applicants are the project leaders and scientific supervisors of the joint project. The Swedish and Chinese project leaders will receive funding from their respective national funding agencies and therefore also separately administer the funds.
The Swedish applicant’s active participation in the project must equal at least 20 percent of a full-time employment. He or she must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree awarded no later than at the deadline of this call. The date of issue will be considered to be the point in time when all the requirements of the degree were fulfilled (for example mandatory courses, the oral public defence of the doctoral thesis and the approved doctoral thesis).
The Swedish part of the grant will be administered by a Swedish Higher Education Institution (HEI), or another public organisation in Sweden that fulfils the Swedish Research Council’s requirements for administrating organisations and has been approved as an administrating organisation.
If funding is awarded to the project, the Swedish project leader must be employed by the administrating organisation when the grant period begins unless the Swedish Research Council, the administrating organisation or another employer (where applicable) agree otherwise. The employment must equal at least 20 percent of a full-time employment. He or she does not have to be employed by the administrating organisation when the application is submitted.
For requirements for the Chinese project leader please see the NSFC website.
The eligibility criteria under this section only apply for the Swedish and Chinese applicants and project leaders.
What grants may you apply for simultaneously?
You may only submit one application for this grant under this call for applications.
There are no other restrictions in regard to grants the Swedish applicant is eligible to apply for from the Swedish Research Council in parallel in the same year, provided that the research concept is different.
What eligibility criteria apply concerning ongoing research grants?
There are no restrictions for applying for this project grant if you are the project leader of a grant already awarded and ongoing.
Please note (Swedish project leaders): If you have been project leader for grants from the Swedish Research Council before, you will only be able to apply for a new grant if the final financial report on all previous grants were submitted within the stipulated time period. For questions as to whether all financial reports have been submitted, please turn to your administrating organisation.
What eligibility criteria apply concerning ongoing research grants from or applications to other funders?
If your application relates to the same project idea as an awarded grant from or application to another funder, you must account for this.
The application must include a collaboration between a Swedish project leader and researchers and/or research groups active at a university or research institute in China. This part of the collaboration is represented by the Chinese project leader. Besides the two project leaders, other researchers affiliated to the project may be included as participating researchers, i.e. researchers with a doctoral degree (or equivalent) whose scientific merits and competence will be crucial for the implementation of the proposed research activities.
All collaboration partners and their roles shall be presented in the research plan (see instructions under Research plan below). In addition, the CVs and publications lists from any participating researchers in China shall be included together with the same documents from the Chinese project leader.
Any other participating researchers (who do not have to be employed by a Swedish HEI or affiliated to a Chinese research institute) will themselves have to enter the required CV information into Prisma, and link it to the application. A maximum of six such researchers may be invited to participate in the application.
The grant covers the Swedish and Chinese budgets separately. The part of the grant covering the Swedish budget costs will be financed by the Swedish Research Council and the part of the grant covering the Chinese budget costs will be financed by the NSFC.
Swedish project leader
The applied grant may be used to cover all kinds of project-related costs, e.g. salaries (including your own salary, however corresponding to your dedicated time in the project as a maximum), rental and property costs, operating costs (e.g., consumables, travel costs including visits to research centres, publishing costs and minor equipment) and depreciation costs. The grant may however not be used for scholarships. If a doctoral student takes part in the project, the grant may not be used to pay for his/her teaching hours.
You may apply for minimum 400 000 SEK and maximum 1 000 000 SEK per year, including indirect costs.
The Swedish Research Council expects the administrating organisation to cover any cost exceeding the awarded amount.
Chinese project leader
The Chinese project leader may apply for maximum 1 000 000 CNY per year. For other rules and regulations regarding costs and grant funding for the Chinese project leader, please see the NSFC website.
The grant is awarded for 3 years, starting from January 2018. First payment is made in January 2018, at the earliest.
The Swedish project leader submits the joint application electronically through Prisma , which is the application system used by the Swedish Research Council. In order for the Swedish project leader to be able to apply, his/her organisation must have become an approved administrating organisation and created an organisation account in Prisma.
The Swedish project leader creates the application in Prisma by filling out the text fields, retrieving information from his/her personal account, and by enclosing the required appendices. The Chinese project leader shall be involved in the planning of the collaboration and the elaboration of the application.
Please note that the Swedish principle of public access to official records applies to all research applications submitted to the Swedish Research Council.
The Chinese project leader shall submit a parallel application to NSFC according to the instructions given at the NSFC website.
Before you can apply, you must create a personal account in Prisma , where you will store your personal data and your CV. The information only has to be entered once, and may subsequently be supplemented or amended whenever necessary. Since foreign experts are involved in most of the Swedish Research Council calls, we ask you to enter text in English in your CV data. The account will also enable you to register your publications for future use. Please note that publications stored in your account cannot be transferred to the application form. This is due to the fact that the publications function is still under development and has not yet been implemented in the Swedish Research Council’s calls. The publications list must therefore be presented in the form of an attached PDF file (see instructions under Publications below).
Please remember to create your personal account well in advance. The applications that you register in Prisma will be linked to your personal account.
Any other participants who will be involved in the preparation of the application must also create an individual Prisma account, and agree to their participation before the deadline of the call. Once that has been done, they will be able to link their account data to the application.
Some text fields are formattable, which means that in those fields you can change the font and size and insert certain tables, formulas and symbols. If you have written the text in advance using Microsoft Word, you will also be able to copy paste the text and keep the initial formatting. Pictures can however not be inserted into the text fields.
All text fields have limitations as to the number of characters and this will be illustrated by means of a character counter. If you use too many characters you will not be able to register the application.
Some fields require that you attach an appendix designed according to the instructions given. The annex may only consist of one file and you can only attach documents in PDF format. All attachments have file size and page limitations. You will not be able to attach a document that exceeds the specified maximum file size.
Both you, as a Swedish project leader, and the official representative of the Swedish administrating organisation, must sign the application electronically in Prisma. More information can be found under the tab Registering the application below.
We ask you to familiarize yourself with the application form in Prisma at the same time as you read through the instructions below.
Since application is made in parallel in Sweden and in China, and will be evaluated by a Swedish/Chinese evaluation panel, we ask you to submit your application in English.
The application form contains the following tabs:
Below you will find an outline of the information required under each tab. Mandatory information is marked with an asterisk (*) in Prisma.
Under this tab, you are requested to enter the project title in Swedish and English, the project period (number of years), the name and affiliation of the Chinese project leader and to select SCB classification codes and keywords. In this section, you are also requested to provide an abstract and a popular science description (cf. instructions below).
The research plan abstract should contain a short description of:
The abstract should include a brief outline of the aim and the implementation of the collaborative research activities. Please use a language that can also be understood by somebody with a different scientific background.
The outline may contain a maximum of 1 500 characters, including blank spaces (approximately half an A4 page in Times New Roman, size 12, single spacing).
Popular scientific description
Describe the collaboration and project in a way that makes it possible to understand for a person not familiar with the subject. Describe why and how the collaboration and research will be conducted, and explain in what way the collaboration and new knowledge might be important.
The popular scientific description is an important tool for us when we provide information about research financed by the Swedish Research Council. If your application is approved, we therefore reserve the right to use the description for information purposes.
Please note: Unlike the rest of the application, the popular scientific description must be written in Swedish.
The description may contain a maximum of 4 500 characters, including blank spaces (approximately one A4 page in Times New Roman, size 12, single spacing).
Under this tab, you are requested to enclose you research plan, describe ethical considerations and the relevance to the call, and give an account of previous projects funded by the Swedish Research Council.
Present the ethical issues raised by the research, and explain how they will be addressed in the research activities. The most strict national ethical regulations/legislation should apply for the research collaboration as a whole. Please also indicate whether the research includes animal experiments, experiments involving human subjects, or the handling of personal data. If the research does not raise any ethical issues, this should also be stated.
Research and collaboration plan
In this section, please attach your research and collaboration plan in a PDF format. Please note that the appendix may only contain one file, with a maximum size of 10 MB.
The research and collaboration plan should consist of a brief but complete description of the research task. The plan should be given a forward-looking focus and comprise a maximum of ten page-numbered A4 pages in Times New Roman, font size 12, single spacing, including references and any images. Please note that any content in excess of the stated maximum number of pages will not be taken into account in the assessment of your application. The following information must be included under separate headings in the research plan, listed in the given order:
Provide information on the following points under a separate heading if relevant to your application:
Relevance to the call
A. Research areas/Subfocus
Describe the relevance to one or both of the research areas Disease due to environmental impact or life style factors and Treatment of chronic disease (please see definition in the introduction of the call text). Please note that relevance to one or both of these research areas constitutes an absolute requirement for this call.
B. Added value from the research collaboration (complementarity)
Please describe how the expertise and capacity of the participating researchers and HEIs cooperate to benefit the quality of the research. How will the collaboration generate mutual added value to the research of the applicants? In which way is the collaboration based on equal participation and how will it lead to mutual exchange of knowledge? In the event the gender balance among the project participants is unequal, please explain how this will not impact negatively on the quality of the research.
The maximum length of the appendix is 8 000 characters including blank spaces (approximately two A4 pages in Times New Roman, font size 12, single line spacing).
Scientific report for previously awarded research grant
If you are the project leader of an ongoing Sino-Sweden network grant (subject to disbursements from the Swedish Research Council up to and including 2017), you must submit a preliminary scientific report. This scientific report must contain an account of how the collaboration has progressed so far. Please note that this preliminary report does not replace the mandatory final report to be submitted to the Swedish Research Council.
You must provide the project title, the file number, the amounts and the grant period concerned (i.e., the disbursement period applied by the Swedish Research Council, but not the extended period of availability) of the previous project.
You should outline:
The outline may contain a maximum of 8 000 characters including blank spaces (equivalent to approximately two A4 pages in Times New Roman, font size 12, single line spacing).
Budget and research resources
Under this tab, you are requested to include staffing costs, other costs and other project funding sources (where applicable) for the Swedish part of the project. Also include the joint budget plan for the collaboration project as a whole.
Specify the dedicated time in the project (as a percentage of full-time employment) for all Swedish project staff members, i.e., for yourself, any other researchers and other personnel. Your dedicated time as project leader must equal at least 20 percent of a full-time employment.
You must also include salaries for which you request funding, for yourself and/or other project staff members. Quote the amounts both in proportion to the full-time monthly salary and as actual annual earnings (including social security contributions). Quote the rounded amounts in SEK.
Describe other project-related costs (e.g. rental and property charges, operating costs and depreciation costs) for the Swedish part. Quote the rounded amounts on an annual basis.
You may evoke depreciation costs relating to equipment that will be used in the project, provided that:
You may only evoke the part of the depreciation costs that corresponds to the use of the equipment in the project for which you request funding. You may not evoke depreciation costs relating to equipment that is fully financed by means of other grants. If you have questions about what qualifies as local research infrastructure, acquisition values, or about how to calculate the depreciation costs, please contact your administrating organisation.
Total project cost
The application system will automatically add up the budget items that you enter in a table. The total amount requested from the Swedish Research Council shall also include indirect costs. You will have to add the indirect costs yourself to the table. In this section, you are also requested to add any other additional project costs (for which you do not apply in this application).
For questions as to what qualifies as a direct or indirect cost for the Swedish part, please contact your HEI.
Joint budget plan for the Swedish and the Chinese project leaders
Attach the joint budget plan for collaboration between the Swedish and Chinese researchers in a PDF format. Please observe that the appendix may only contain one file, with a maximum size of 4 MB and comprising maximum two A4 pages in Times New Roman, font size 12, single spacing,
A. Joint budget
State a joint budget for the total grant period for the Swedish and the Chinese partners according to the template below. The Swedish partner’s budget should be presented in SEK and the Chinese partner’s budget should be presented in CNY.
Example of common budget plan:
The panel will use the exchange rate (CNY to SEK or vice versa) from the closing date of the call, when making comparisons.
B. Explanation of the proposed budget
Write a brief justification statement for each item in the proposed project budget.
C. Other funding
Describe any other funding applied for, or awarded, which will have an impact on the collaborative research project. Indicate the type of grant, status, funding source, grant awardee/project leader, funding period and the relevant amounts according to the example below.
Type of grant
Grant awardee/ project leader
Total amount (SEK or CNY)
3.000 000 SEK
Wang Xiu Ying
CV (Chinese researchers)
Please enclose the CVs of the Chinese project leader and any other participating researchers in a PDF format. Each CV should not exceed two A4 pages. Please observe that the appendix may only contain one file, with a maximum size of 10 MB. If the attachment contains several files, you will therefore have to join them into a single file.
The following information must be submitted in each CV under the numbered headings below, in the given order (leave not applicable fields empty):
Under this tab, please attach the included researchers’ publication lists in a PDF format to each of the two respective fields (Swedish/other and Chinese project participants sorted separately). Please observe that each appendix may only contain one file, with a maximum size of 10 MB.
Include publications made in the last eight years and mark the five publications on each researcher’s list that are the most relevant to the project with an asterisk (*). Highlight the current researcher's name in bold. Also indicate the name of the researcher in the header of each list. Sort the publications in each list under the following numbered headings in the given order:
Please note: You shall only include articles (or equivalent) that have been published or accepted for publication at the time of applying. The application cannot be complemented with publications after the call has closed.
Administrating organisation in Sweden
Under this tab, please list the Swedish administrating organisation and the project site. The administrating organisation is the organisation that administers and accounts for the funds of the project awarded under the terms and conditions laid down. The project site is the organisational unit where the project will be based. The administrating organisation and the project site generally correspond to the HEI and the department where the project leader will be employed.
An application can only be linked to an administrating organisation with an approved Prisma account. Unless your administrating organisation already has such an account, please ask it to apply for an organisation account with the Swedish Research Council.
Please contact your administrating organisation if your project site does not appear on the list. You have to provide the project site information to be able to finalise the registration of the application.
In this section, the Swedish project leader may invite any other participating researchers and/or administrators to join the application. Please note that this does not include the Chinese researcher(s)! A participating administrator is a person, who does not take part in the project itself but can help you register and edit information in the application.
You may invite participants, who do not yet hold a Prisma account. Each one of them must however open a personal Prisma account to be able to contribute to your application.
Please note that all participating researchers shall be described in the research and collaboration plan (see above).
CV (other researchers)
Under this tab, please retrieve and enter relevant CV data stored in your personal Prisma account. Any participating researchers have to enter their respective CV data into the application.
The following information must always (where available) be provided in each CV and limited to the number specified:
Registering the application
The Registering the application tab presents a list of any fields you will have to edit in order to register your application (for example, mandatory fields not yet filled in, text fields containing too many characters, deviations from the allowed project period or budget applied for, etc). The application will not be registered unless you click the Register button.
Remember to use the preview function in order to double-check your application before submitting it!
Please note that any invited participating administrators must accept your invitation before you can proceed to register the application. Invitations that have not been accepted have to be removed.
The registered application can then be viewed in the Swedish project leader’s personal Prisma account, under Applications and then Applications and grants in the menu. If necessary, a registered application may be de-registered, edited and re-registered up to the call deadline.
The Swedish project leader are responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in Prisma, that is to say that the application form is filled out correctly, the required appendices are submitted, and that the requested information is provided in accordance with the instructions. We ask you to only submit specifically requested information. After the closing date, application addenda will only be accepted in cases where we have asked for supplements.
Signing the Swedish application in Prisma
When the Swedish project leader registers the application in Prisma, it will automatically be signed by him/her in their capacity of project leader. The application must also be signed by the official representative of the Swedish administrating organisation in order for it to be considered complete and be processed further in the review process. This representative is normally the head of the department where the research will be conducted, but that will depend on the organisational structure of your administrating organisation.
The signature of the Swedish applicant confirms that:
The signature of the Swedish administrating organisation confirms that:
The parties must have discussed the above-mentioned points before the representative of the administrating organisation approves and signs the application.
Please note: The official representative of the administrating organisation must have signed the application in Prisma within a week (seven calendar days) of the application deadline for it to be considered further in the review process.
When the call closes (at 10:00/10 a.m. Swedish time and 16:00/4 p.m. Chinese time on the final day for submission of applications), the registered application will automatically become final and given a registration number.
The registered application in Prisma will automatically be forwarded to the official representative of the Swedish administrating organisation, who shall sign the application within a week (seven calendar days) of the application deadline. The Swedish project leader will receive an auto-generated email when the application has been signed.
The Swedish project leader will find information about the status of the application, the registration number and the application signature under the tab Applications and grants in his/hers Prisma account.
The scientific assessment of the application will be made by active researchers from Sweden and China in a joint committee. These peer reviewers evaluate each application (in competition with the other applications) on the basis of the assessment criteria established by the Swedish Research Council and NSFC
If an application does not comply with the instructions, this will be taken into account in the application review.
Shortly after the grant funding decisions have been taken, information on the awarded grants will be published on the web pages of the Swedish Research Council and NSFC. A notification of decision and a final statement for your applications can then be found in the Swedish project leader’s personal account under the tab Applications and grants. The final statement contains the application grading and, in some cases, written comments.
Please note: As from 12 October 2015, anyone who uses genetic resources (genetic material of actual or potential value) and traditional knowledge pertaining to genetic resources, which were accessed after 12 October 2014, shall follow the EU ABS declaration and declare that the resource and the knowledge used have been obtained in line with the applicable legislation, and distribute any benefit deriving from the use thereof in a fair and reasonable way. This only applies for granted applications.
Exceptions apply to human genetic resources, material covered by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, material included in the WHO´s Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework and genetic material obtained from the Deep Seas.
For questions about the EU ABS declaration, please contact the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (information in Swedish).
For questions relating to the application content, please email or call any of the contact persons listed below.
Marie Hillerby, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: +46 (0)8 46 544 217
Tomas Andersson, email: email@example.com, telephone: +46 (0)8 546 44 173
Chinese applicants are instructed to please contact NSFC for any questions: www.nsfc.gov.cn
If you cannot find the answer to your technical question in the above-mentioned information material, please contact our technical support team. Please note that depending on the workload, it may take up to 1-2 working days before you get a reply.