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There is a lot going on in Europe today, that will have major effects on the funding landscape. There are debates and hearings on Plan S, and the upcoming framework programme Horizon Europe is beginning to take shape. And of course, there is something new concerning Brexit each day. Earlier this week, a seminar on the possible effects of Brexit was arranged at LiU. The British Ambassador David Cairns was keynote speaker, and LiU Professor Emeritus Charles Woolfson who has written a book about Brexit was guest speaker. A recording of the seminar is available at Linköping University YouTube channel.The EU Commission’s official webpage on Brexit can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/brexit_en.

Many of you are planning on applying for some of the annual calls from Swedish funders, such as the Swedish Research Council (VR) and Formas, which opens during the spring. As from 2019, applications to some VR calls must describe sex and gender perspectives, and all funded VR projects must have a data management plan. Read more about this and other useful info in this newsletter. 

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And do not hesitate to contact us at grantsoffice@liu.se if you need any guidance, advice or support concerning research funding!





get an overview of the calls of 2019

Springtime means application time, as many calls from Swedish funders opens. In late January the Swedish Research Council (VR), along with Forte, Formas and the Swedish Energy Agency, held an information meeting in Stockholm where they presented the most important news for this year.

The Swedish Research Council, for example, will demand that all granted projects establish a data management plan. Applicants for some calls (Clinical therapy research, and applications within Medicine & Health and Educational Sciences) must also describe if and how gender is relevant for the planned research. This will be assessed under scientific quality in the application.

All presentations are available on the Swedish Research Council´s webpage:

Tip: Specific information about calls are in general not available until the call has opened. There are often just minor changes in annual calls from year to year. A look at last years call text will give you a good conception of this years call as well. It is of course still important to go through the call text for this year once it is available, so that you don´t miss out on any changes. Remember to create a Prisma account (if you do not already have one!) in good time before the call closes.


The team at grants office - what´s new?

Grants Office is expanding. We are currently in the process of recruiting three new colleagues. At the end of last year, we began searching for a Research Coordinator and a Coordinator to work primarily with the graduate school of the research programme WASP. WASP, or Wallenberg AI, Autonomous System and Software program, is Sweden´s largest individual research program ever and is partially coordinated by Grants Office. We are also, together with the Division of Environmental Technology at IEI, recruiting a Research Coordinator with a great interest in environmental technology. Application deadline has passed for all of these and we are looking forward to having new colleagues.

Natalie Pintar is the newest addition to Grants Office. She replaces Susanna Lönnqvist as Communications Officer for WASP.

– It’s great to finally be here! In such a large research program as WASP there’s many questions to engage in. I come from a position as a Communications Consultant. I’ve worked a lot with supporting Project Managers and writing, mainly for Region Östergötland, says Natalie.

Three days a week Natalie is positioned at Grants Office. The rest of the week she splits between the central Communications Department and Forum Östergötland at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.


grants office in your coffee room - spring 2019

Meet us at the University Hospital this spring! We will be located at the coffee room at surgeon/urologist/jaw corridor on the last Tuesday every month (not April) - ready for your questions about research funding! Bring your ideas and maybe potential partners in mind. The time is set to give clinicians the opportunity to participate.

The coffee room surgeon / urologist / jaw corridor, level 14, elevator B.
Go left in the elevator hall, the second door on the left side, go down the hallway (you pass conference room Vänern, Vättern)

Dates and times
29/1 14.30 - 16.00
26/2 14.30 - 16.00
26/3 14.30 - 16.00
28/5 14.30 - 16.00

See you there!


WEAfing - wearable electroative fabrics integrated in garments

Researchers from a number of organisations, including LiU and the University of Twente, receives almost 4 million euro from Horizon 2020 for a research project which aims to develop "smart" clothes with integrated technology. Senior Lecturer Edwin Jager at IFM is in charge of the project at LiU, and will develop the electroactive fabric used in the clothes.

Further reading:

Title: Wearable Electroactive Fabrics Integrated in Garments (WEAFING)
Researcher in charge at LiU (Partner): Edwin Jager, Senior Lecturer at IFM
Call: H2020-ICT-2018-2020: Industrial Leadership: Information and Communication Technologies
Topic: Flexible and Wearable Electronics
Topic Description: Flexible and Wearable Electronics combines new and traditional materials with large-area processes to fabricate lightweight, flexible, printed and multi-functional electronic products. The challenge is to tap open opportunities in existing and emerging markets by pushing technology barriers further and demonstrating innovative use in sectors that could benefit from such innovations.


Reactions on the implementation plan for plan s

In autumn 2018 a number of funders, including the EU Commission and Swedish Formas, signed on Plan S – an initiative for full and immediate Open Access to publications from publicity funded research from January 1st 2020. The reactions have been divided and the implementation plan which was launched in the end of last year created debate. More funders have joined – Forte and The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond) to mention some. The Swedish Research Council has not joined (since they believe, among other things, that the time frame is too tight) even though they support the principles of open science.

In January, Formas, Forte and the Swedish Research Council arranged a hearing on the implementation plan for plan S. A week later a similar hearing was held at Stockholm University. Recordings from both are available here:

The implementation plan is available here:

Please contact the LiU Library (forskningsstod@bibl.liu.se) if you have any questions regarding Plan S.


Information days and matchmaking event

The EU-Commission invites to a H2020 Coordinators Day on Grant Agreement Preparation 22 February in Brussels. Online participation is possible. Find out more and register at: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/events/cf/coordinators-day-on-grant-agreement-preparation-220219/register.cfm

PRIDE Network Association arranges the conference “From PhD to Postdoc – the Role of Professionals in Doctoral Education” in Brussel in March, as well as a 2,5 days training on the same subject in Luxembourg. Find out more and register at: http://www.pride-network.eu/Events

Come and learn about the Societal Challenge 2 calls for 2020 and get some practical information on how to successfully apply, when the European Commission arranges info day in Brussels 4 July. Find out more and register at: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/news/horizon-2020-info-day-societal-challenge-2-calls-proposals-2020


internal procedures and timeframe for applications to the erc

Planning on applying for an ERC grant? Have a look at the procedures and timeframe for applications:

These are a complement to the LiU standard procedures for applications to the European Commission:


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: 2019-04-17