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The summer heat came back at last, but unfortunately the same does not apply to us at LiU. The distance mode continues to some extent as before, but we want to emphasize once again that the Grants Office is still here for you. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice or support regarding external research funding.

Many research funders direct continued efforts towards covid-19, or adjust their calls and grants. There are still plenty of funding available to support the fight against covid-19, including studies on the consequences of the virus and the pandemic. We have compiled useful information relevant for those who are looking for research funding or have an ongoing research grant at our website: https://insidan.liu.se/forskningsfinansiering/covid-19. Of course, there is also a lot of funding for projects completely unrelated to covid-19. Research Professional is a useful tool for finding research funding opportunities, regardless of research subject. Did you know that Research Professional is also a great source of research- and research funding news? As an LiU employee, you can easily access both funding opportunities and news.

For several years now, we at Grants Office have arranged annual seminars where we talk about external research funding and the support provided by the Grants Office. The seminars are usually well attended and appreciated by both junior and senior researchers. Therefore, we have chosen not to cancel this year's seminar, but instead to have it in form of a webinar on the 21st of September. We will tell you more about the agenda and how to participate in this newsletter.

In this newsletter, we are also pleased to present two new colleagues at the Grants Office team, as well as telling you about the latest research projects that have been granted funding within Horizon 2020 at LiU. We will also take a closer look at some interesting calls.

Ps. Do not forget to follow us on Twitter! Then you will get daily updates on interesting calls and news. You will find us at @LiUGrantsOffice.



  • Welcome to Grants Office Webinar 2020
  • Opportunity to influence on the strategy for Swedish participation in Horizon Europe
  • H2020 grant to demonstration project on industrial symbiosis
  • ECIU University receives additional grant from H2020
  • New members of the Grants Office team!
  • Nominate promising female researchers for the Women in Science Prize
  • Special investment in prevention research from the Swedish Heart Lung Foundation
  • New page about India-centered collaboration launched at Insidan
  • Information from the Library
  • Calendar
  • Calls for proposals


Welcome to the Grants Office Webinar 2020!

As mentioned, this year´s annual Grants Office event on grant opportunities and Grants Office support will be in form of a webinar on the 21st of September. The programme is aimed at LiU researchers at all stages of their career.

This webinar will have a focus on collaborative research projects with several partners, which is a relatively common project form in EU-funding. Coordinating an application and a project is usually more complex if several partners are involved. Therefore, Grants Office offers extra support for those who coordinate such proposals. It is also possible to hire a research coordinator from the Grants Office as project coordinator if the application will be granted. Svjetlana Stekovic, research coordinator at Grants Office, has extensive experience in supporting researchers in applications and in the running of such projects. She also coordinates collaborative EU-funded projects as a researcher herself. Svjetlana will share her experiences during the webinar.

We will also listen to LiU researchers Ericka Johnsson (TEMA), Feng Gao (IFM) and Sara Liin (BKV), who have received prestigious grants from the European Research Council (ERC), the Wallenberg Foundations and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). Grants Office research coordinators Agneta Jansson and Josefin Fernius will tell you more about ERC and MSCA, as well as about planned calls and routines regarding the Wallenberg foundations.

Since the current European framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, will end at the turn of the year, we will of course share the latest information about the upcoming framework programme Horizon Europe.

In addition to this, just as in previous events, we will talk briefly about the support provided by the Grants Office. We will also give a demonstration of the funding database Reserach Professional, which contains calls from over 10 000 national and international funders.


Please register to attend using the form in the link below. A link to the webinar will be send out to those registered.

Agenda Grants Office webinar 2020
Monday 21 September 09.30-12.00

09.30 Grants Office - What is our role?
09.40 Information about the upcoming European Framework Programme Horizon Europe
09.50 Coordination of collaborative EU research projects: Svjetlana Stekovic, Research Coordinator
10.10 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: Agneta Jansson, Research Coordinator
10.25 Break
10.45 ERC (European Research Council) Grants: Josefin Fernius, Research Coordinator
10.55 Wallenberg Foundations - Calls and Internal Procedures: Josefin Fernius, Research Coordinator
11.05 Experiences from grantees Ericka Johnsson (TEMA), Feng Gao (IFM) and Sara Liin (BKV)
11.35 How to find suitable grants - Research Professional: Tove Kvarnström, Coordinator
The webinar will be held in English.


Opportunity to influence on the strategy for Swedish participation in Horizon Europe

In preparation for EU's forthcoming framework programme, Horizon Europe, the Swedish funders Formas, Forte, the Swedish Energy Agency, the Space Agency, the Swedish Research Council and Vinnova have been commissioned by the Swedish Government to develop a proposal for a strategy for Swedish participation in the programme. As part of this, Vinnova is now conducting a survey where you as an individual researcher have the opportunity to contribute to the strategy. The survey will be open until the 1st of September.

On the 29th of September, all research funders will hold a public digital hearing together to discuss the strategy proposal. During the hearing, you as a participant will be informed about the ambitions, objectives and measures that the funders have discussed. Participants will also be given the opportunity to share their views and thoughts with all the actors participating in the meeting. Keep an eye on the Vinnova and Grants Office websites for the latest information about the hearing.

Ps. If you are interested in statistics and reflections on the Swedish participation in Horizon 2020, please take a look at the Horizon 2020 Yearbook from Vinnova. Note that it is only published in Swedish. Download it here:


H2020 grant to demonstration project on industrial symbiosis

On the first of October, a new EU funded project will start at LiU. The project CORALIS has been granted funding via the focus area of circular economy within Horizon 2020. It will be run by a consortium of 29 partners, including LiU. Senior Lecturer Murat Mirata at the Department of Management och Engineering (IEI) is responsible for LiU’s part of the project. The purpose of CORALIS is to enhance the knowledge base and implementation tools for industrial symbiosis. Industrial symbiosis refers to how industries can benefit from each other by, for example, use waste or by-products from one industry as raw materials for another.

Title: Creation Of new value chain Relations through novel Approaches facilitating Long-term Industrial Symbiosis (CORALIS)
Researcher responsible at LiU: Murat Mirata, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Management and Engineering (IEI)

During the summer, several more research projects in addition to CORALIS, were granted funding from the EU Commission. We will tell you more about these in upcoming newsletters.

A list of all granted projects funded by Horizon 2020 can be found at the Grants Office website:


ECIU University receives additional grant from H2020

Linköping University is a member of ECIU (European Consortium of Innovative Universities), a consortium of research-intensive European universities with the mission to create a platform for cross-disciplinary and innovative solutions to the societal challenges of today.

Last year, ECIU was granted funding from the EU Commission to form “the virtual university of the future“ – ECIU University. ECIU University has now been granted an additional EUR 2 million funding from Horizon 2020. The support will enable the consortium to strengthen research and innovation and establish SMART-ER: the ECIU University Research Institute for SMART European Regions.

The project is co-funded by Erasmus+ and will allow the ECIU University members to jointly address complex societal challenges under the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal no. 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” (SDG11), by sharing research and innovation infrastructures, resources, and results together with stakeholders from both society and industry.

Find out more:


New members of the Grants Office team!

This autumn we have the pleasure of welcoming no less than three new colleagues at the Grants Office team.

Trine Vikinge has been with us since the beginning of August and is Program Coordinator for the EU project TAILOR, which has a focus on AI. Trine has a PhD in biophysics from Linköping University, and has been involved in starting up and running several successful and listed medtech and Life Science companies. She was most recently employed at the research institute RISE.

On the first of September, Lena Tasse will join our team. She will coordinate ELLIT and Security Link, two strategic research areas (SFO) which have been coordinated by the Grants Office since 2010. In addition to this, she will also support researchers seeking research funding. Most recently, Lena was a project manager at Region Östergötland. Prior to that, she worked for many years in France as a consultant specializing in EU-funded research and innovation projects. Lena has a PhD in microbiology from Lund University.

Last but not least, a new coordinator within research funding support and programme coordination will join the team during the autumn. The recruitment process for this position is still not completed, but we look forward to welcoming yet another new colleague to us.


Nominate promising female researchers for the Women in Science prize

It is now possible to nominate candidates for the L’Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science Sweden Prize with support of The Young Academy of Sweden. The prize aims at highlighting promising women in the early stages of their research career in science and creating role models for future generations. It is awarded to identify, encourage and reward women in research who have demonstrated great potential in science (including medicine), physics, technology or mathematics, and whose work contributes to a sustainable development and in solving humanity's greatest challenges.

One of last year’s recipients was Eleni Stavrinidou, Principal Investigator at Electronic Plants, Laboratory of Organic Electronics (LOE) at Linköping University.

Back to the Roots: Eleni Stavrinidou receives the prize for engineering basic technology and developing the methods for integrating electronics and living plants aiming to develop stable manufacturing methods where plants themselves integrate electronics, enabling imaginative future applications on a large scale.”

Find out more and nominate your candidate by 27 September:


Special investment in prevention research from the Swedish Heart Lung Foundation

A large proportion of cardiovascular diseases, as well as many other common diseases in society, are lifestyle related. In light of this, the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation will announce extra grants for research in lifestyle related interventions as a part of prevention and treatment research in the cardiovascular field. The grant is preferably applied for in network form involving at least two research groups. The project grant is 2 million SEK per year over a three-year period.

The initiative will run for three years starting this year. The call of 2020 will open on October 19th and close on November 24th. Find out more on the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation web:


New page about India-centered collaboration launched at Insidan

Linköping University is a member of the Nordic Centre in India (NCI) - a consortium of several Nordic universities with the objective to facilitate cooperation in research and higher education between the Nordic countries and India.

For those interested in collaborating with a partner in India, or those who already have an existing collaboration with India, we recommend that you visit the new information page about the Nordic Centre in India, which was launched in June at the LiU internal web Insidan. The page includes information about India-centered collaborations and funding opportunities from both Swedish and Indian funders, as well as research grants and scholarships from NCI.

Please contact the NCI coordinator at LiU, kristin.tell@liu.se for more information.


Information from the Library

It is now possible to talk to the LiU Library regarding anything from publication strategy to information seeking via the Library´s virtual enquiry desk. The desk is open weekdays between 10-12 at https://liu-se.zoom.us/j/68783400817.

All employees are right now also entitled to automatic renewals when borrowing books at the Library. Find out more here: https://blog.liu.se/aktuellt-pa-biblioteket/2020/08/12/how-it-works-automatic-renewals/.


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 2019-2020 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: 2020-08-27