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In this issue of the Grants Office newsletter the focus will be on a selection of the events organized by the Grants Office during the spring, as well as on some of the researchers who recently received prestigious research grants from the European Research Council (ERC), Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and the Wallenberg Foundations. Congratulations!

Our annual seminar on grant opportunities and Grants Office support will take place in May. A new addition to the program this year is information about the Wallenberg Foundations, with details on the internal processes at LiU. Researchers with external funding grants will also share their experiences. Seminars will be held at Campus US (14th of May), Norrköping (15th of May) and Valla (16th of May). LiU researchers at all stages of their career are welcome, as well as others who are interested. Please register here to attend. More information about the seminar can be found later in this newsletter.

Junior Faculty arranges a European Grant Writing Seminar on the 9th of May aimed at early stage researchers, held by our Grants Office research coordinators Svetlana Stekovic, Agneta Jansson and Sara Strömberg. Find out more at the Junior Facultys webpage.

Those interested in applying for funding from Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions or the European Research Council can attend our workshops on the 10th (MSCA) and 11th of June (ERC). Please contact agneta.jansson@liu.se (MSCA) or josefin.fernius@liu.se (ERC) to register.

And last, but not least – a Grants Office in your Coffee Room will be held on the 28th of May at the University Hospital. Find out more here!

In addition to these events, you can always contact grantsoffice@liu.se to set up a special visit at your department, division or research group.

Looking forward to seeing you this spring!


  • Grants Office Seminar 2019
  • New members of the Grants Office Team!
  • MSCA X3
  • Four grants to LiU from prestigious Wallenberg Foundations
  • Magnus Berggren receives an ERC Advanced Grant
  • New audit firm at LiU: FAA Solutions
  • Travel grants from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Jubileumsfond
  • Calendar
  • And finally, a few words on Brexit
  • Calls


Grants office seminar 2019

Welcome to our annual seminar on grant opportunities and Grants Office support, aimed at LiU researchers at all stages of their career. In addition to this, we will also listen to researchers who has received external research funding talking about their experiences.

There will be one seminar on each of our three main campus:

The seminars will be in English.


09:30 Grants Office: What is our role?
09:40 Horizon 2020
09:50 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Agneta Jansson, Research Coordinator (Grants Office)
10:05 ERC (European Research Council) Grants
Josefin Fernius, Research Coordinator (Grants Office)
10:20 Grantee: My Experience
10:35 Coffee & Sandwich

10:55 Wallenberg Foundations: Calls and Internal Processes at LiU
Josefin Fernius, Research Coordinator (Grants Office)
11:15 How to find suitable grants: Research Professional
Tove Kvarnström, Communications Officer (Grants Office)

Detailed programmes for each seminar can be found via the links above.


new members of the grants office team!

We are happy to announce the new members of the Grants Office team, which have been recruited during the spring.

Petronella Norberg has been at Grants Office for a couple of days now and will coordinate the graduate school of the research programme WASP. She has a background in applied physics research (IFM) and has during the last 20 years worked as a group manager and project manager at the research institute RISE Acreo.

Our new research coordinator Charlotte Lundgren will start in May. Charlotte is currently working as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Culture and Communications (IKK) at LiU.

Welcome to Grants Office!

You will get closer acquainted with our new team members in the upcoming newsletter and meet our new research coordinator with an interest in environmental technology, who will join us after the summer holidays.



Organic solar cells, perovskite light-emitting diodes and new technology in biopharmaceutical

manufacturing. This will be studied at LiU by the researchers funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship in the next two years.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship (MSCA IF) enables experienced researchers to work abroad for one or two years. The fellowship is coordinated from a host institution (in this case LiU) and is supervised by a researcher at the host institution.

Feng Gao, Senior Lecturer at IFM, is supervising two of the granted projects (WONDER and Blue-PeLEDs). These are not his first successful Horizon 2020 applications. In fact, he has received a MSCA IF every year for the last three years. He also coordinates a MSCA RISE and was a MSCA-fellow at LiU himself between 2013-2014. Feng Gao was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant in 2016 – which is one of the most prestigious grants within Horizon 2020.

Associate Professor Daniel Aili, also at IFM, is supervising the project PATGlycoPrint. This is Daniel Aili´s first Horizon 2020 project, although not his first prestigious grant. He is currently a Wallenberg Academy Fellow and enrolled in the Future Research Leader program by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. Daniel Aili and the MSCA fellow Thuy Tran will share their experiences of applying for the MSCA grant at the Grants Office Seminar at Campus US on the 14th of May.

The 2019 call is open, and will close on the 11th of September.

Please contact grantsoffice@liu.se if you are planning to apply. We will arrange a seminar on the 10th of June for those interested in applying. Please register by email to agneta.jansson@liu.se.

Title: Low-Bandgap Fused Ring Electron Acceptors towards High-Efficiency Organic Solar Cells (WONDER)
Researcher in charge at LiU: Feng Gao, Senior Lecturer at IFM
Call: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (H2020-MSCA-IF-2018)

Title: Efficient and Stable Blue Quasi-2D Halide Perovskite Light-Emitting Diodes (Blue-PeLEDs)
Researcher in charge at LiU: Feng Gao, Senior Lecturer at IFM
Call: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (H2020-MSCA-IF-2018)

Title: Development of a new process analytical technology based on an innovative nanoplasmonic detection array for monitoring glycosylation of monoclonal antibodies (PATGlycoPrint)
Researcher in charge at LiU: Daniel Aili, Associate Professor at IFM
Call: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (H2020-MSCA-IF-2018)


four grants to liu from prestigious wallenberg foundations

Markus Heilig, Professor of Neuro Psychiatry at IKE, has been selected as Wallenberg Clinical Scholar. The program, run by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) in partnership with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, gives support to prominent clinical researchers. Grantees will receive SEK 15 million over a five-year period, with the possibility for additional five years of funding.
The aim for Markus Heiligs project is to develop pharmaceuticals for alcohol addiction.

Three LiU professors has been appointed Wallenberg Scholars – a programme run by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) which supports Sweden´s leading senior researchers. Anders Ynnerman, Erik G. Larsson and Igor Abrikosov receives a research grant of SEK 18 million each for their research on scientific visualization, new technology for communication beyond 5G and metastable materials, respectively. After the end of the five year grant period, a selection of researchers will be awarded a further five-year grant.

We will talk about the Wallenberg Foundations at the Grants Office Seminar in May. A list of upcoming calls along with useful information about the internal processes when applying will be presented. More info and registration can be found here!

Ps. Do not miss the opportunity to apply for travel funding from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Open for all researchers under 40 at LiU. Find out more and apply here.


Magnus berggren receives an erc advanced grant

Magnus Berggren, professor of organic electronics at ITN, has received one of the European Research Councils (ERC) most prestigious grants: an ERC Advanced Grant. The grant of around 3 million euro will be used to support the research on organic bioelectronics carried out at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, where Magnus Berggren is the director of research. The grant will cover the recruitment of new researchers to the research group and equipment dedicated to the project.

ERC Advanced Grant (ERC AdG) is a grant scheme from the European Research Council for well-established top researchers with at least 10 years’ experience of successful research. The next call for ERC AdG will open on 21 May and close on 29 August 2019. If you are interested in applying for ERC AdG or any of the other grant schemes from ERC, please contact research coordinator Josefin.fernius@liu.se. She will arrange a workshop about ERC on 11 June. Please contact Josefin for additional information.


new audit firm at Liu: faa solutions

Since the 1st of April, FAA Solutions AB is the new account firm to use for auditing services in external funded research projects at LiU. FAA Solutions will produce the certificate of financial statements (revisionsintyg) for all external funded research projects, where such certificate is required. This does not apply to projects funded by American federal funds that will continue to be handled by the auditor PwC in Stockholm.

Please contact Kirstin.kahl@liu.se for more information.



travel grants from knut and alice wallenbergs jubileumsfond

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Jubileumsfond’s call for travel grants is now open for applications. The grant is exclusively for employees at LiU with a PhD (or similar) and doctoral students. The application deadline is 30 April. 



Thursday 9 May
14.00 - 16.00
Grants Writing Seminar

Arranged by Junior Faculty

Tuesday 14 May
09.30 - 12.00
Grants Office Seminar

Granitsalen, House 448, Campus US

Wednesday 15 May
09.30 - 12.00
Grants Office Seminar

K3 Önnesjösalen, Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping

Thursday 16 May
09.30 - 12.00
Grants Office Seminar

C3, C-house, Campus Valla

Friday 24 May
13.00 - 14.30

ERC Interview Training

Tuesday 28 May
14.30 - 16.00

Grants Office in your coffee room
Coffee room at surgery/oncology, 14th Floor, Elevator B, US

Wednesday 29 May
09.30 - 11.00
ERC Interview Training

Monday 10 June
08.30 - 12.00

Workshop: Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA)
Stora lärosalen, Didacticum, G-huset, Campus Valla

Tuesday 11 June
08.30 - 12.00
Workshop: European Research Council Starting Grant (ERC-StG)

Stora lärosalen, Didacticum, G-huset, Campus Valla


And finally, a few words on Brexit

As you may have noticed, there was no Brexit on March 29th, nor on April 12th. On April 11th, the European Council decided to delay Brexit until 31 October 2019, given that UK will take part in this year’s EU elections and ratifies the withdrawal agreement on May 22th the latest. If not, there will be a so-called hard Brexit with no deal on 1st of June 2019.

It is still unclear how Brexit will affect researchers, research and research funding. Updated information can be found here:


Call for proposals

We have complied two lists of open calls from some of the major swedish funders and the EU-commission - an extensive document for 2019 and a more detailed one for more imminent calls.

All available calls from Horizon 2020 can be found in Funding & Tenders Opportunites Portal. Research Professional is another good source with research funding opportunities.

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Last updated: 2019-06-13