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As the headline reveals, we are now called Grants and Program Offices. Grants Office and the new unit Program Office will continue to work in close collaboration to provide support for all of you who are applying for external research funding or coordinates larger research projects and programmes. This means no changes for you. Please contact us using gpo@liu.se.

In this newsletter, we will take a closer look at some of the projects and programmes we currently are coordinating. We will also pay attention to the latest projects that have been granted funding from the European Commission and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The latest news about the forthcoming European Framework Programme Horizon Europe and the Brexit negotiations will also be summarised.

In September, we arranged an open webinar with information about different funding schemes, what it means to coordinate a project and how to find relevant funding opportunities. Three LiU researchers shared their personal experiences of successfully applying for research funding, which was very appreciated by the attendees. During the webinar we also presented our offer to review applications to the Swedish Research Council's calls next year. More information about that can be found further down. You can find all the presentations from the webinar here.

Editor of this newsletter is Tove Kvarnström, Coordinator at the Grants and Program Offices. I will soon be on parental leave, so the newsletter for December will be edited by our new coordinator Marie Helsing Västfjäll. You will get to know more about Marie below.

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.



  • Opportunity for review of applications to the Swedish Research Council
  • Presentations from the Grants and Program Offices' Webinar 21 September
  • Granted Horizon 2020 projects
  • Upcoming framework programme is almost here
  • Research and collaboration in the Biogas Research Center
  • EU-funded project DevTMF works for a more environmentally friendly aviation industry
  • We are Grants and Program Offices (GPO)
  • Say hello to our new coordinator!
  • Johanna Rosén receives prestigious project grant from KAW
  • Important negotiations during the Brexit transition period
  • No call for travel grants from KAW this autumn
  • Information from the Library
  • Calendar
  • Calls for proposals


Opportunity for review of applications to the Swedish Research Council

This spring, the Grants and Program Offices (GPO) will offer review of applications to the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) for starting grant and project grant 2021 for researchers with an academic age of 2-7 years after PhD.

You participate by signing up to participate at a webinar and a review of your application.

The registration is made to GPO through a registration form (see below) at the latest the 1st of December 2020. Since we do not know how many people will be interested, or how the distribution between subject areas will be, a main and a reserve list of the applicants will be created on a first-come-first-serve basis. When the deadline has passed, all registered researchers will receive information about whether they are on the main or the reserve list. If time allows applications from the reserve list will also be reviewed. After the review, you will get written comments, and it is up to you to decide what to accept. 

The deadline to send in a complete application generated in Prisma to GPO will be 4-6 weeks before the official deadline for that specific call to the Swedish Research Council. More information regarding this review including deadlines for each call, checklists and templates will be sent to all registered researchers and will be available at GPO’s webpage.

Each application will be read by two research coordinators with a research background, and with experience of reviewing grant applications. We also suggest that you ask an experienced colleague within the field for a research area specific review.


The webinars are open for all interested, even those who have not signed up for the review. We recommend that you sign up for the webinar that addresses the call for which you plan to apply for. The times for the webinars are 10.00-12.00 on the following dates:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HS) and Educational Sciences (UV) Project grant:
    15th of December
  • Medicine and Health (MH) Starting grant: 7th of December
  • Medicine and Health (MH) Project grant: 14th of December
  • Natural and Engineering Sciences (NT) Starting grant: 8th of December
  • Natural and Engineering Sciences (NT) Project grant: 10th of December
  • To registration for the webinars

Please contact gpo@liu.se if you have any questions.

Welcome to register!


Presentations from the Grants and Program Offices' Webinar 21 September

This year's annual event on grant opportunities and Grants Office support was in form of a webinar on the 21st of September.

This webinar had 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 and Program Offices offers extra support for those who coordinate such proposals. It is also possible to hire a research coordinator from us as project coordinator if the application would 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 shared her experiences during the webinar.

We also listed 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 talked 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 also shared the latest information about the upcoming framework programme Horizon Europe.

In addition to this, just as in previous events, we talked briefly about the support provided by the Grants and Program Offices. We also gave a demonstration of the funding database Research Professional, which contains calls from over 10 000 national and international funders.


Granted Horizon 2020 projects

Last month, the European Commission granted funding for three new research projects within Horizon 2020 at LiU.

Two of the projects (REINDEER and TRIAGE) are collaborative projects within ICT (Information and Communications Technologies). Erik G Larsson (the Department of Electrical Engineering, ISY), and David Bastviken and Magnus Gålfalk (The Department of Thematic Studies, TEMA) are the researchers responsible for the projects here at LiU. The REINDEER project aims to develop technology and infrastructures for large-scale wireless communications far beyond 5G networks. In TRIAGE, the goal is to develop a smart and cost-effective air quality sensor network for the detection of atmospheric pollution gases.

CRYSTAL3 is a so-called Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA RISE) – a network for research and innovation exchange between academia and industry. The network is focused on research within inflammatory processes primarily in cardiovascular, neurological and cancer diseases, and include five universities (among which LiU is included) and 5 biotech companies. Students and researchers at LiU will through this network have an opportunity to travel for 1 to 12 months to one of the biotech companies located in Cambridge, Budapest, Madrid or Barcelona and conduct a research project within the networks research area. Do you want to know more about this offer and how you can participate? Contact Lasse Jensen (lasse.jensen@liu.se) at the Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences (HMV) who is responsible for LiU:s part in the network.

Titel: REsilient INteractive applications through hyper Diversity in Energy Efficient RadioWeaves technology (REINDEER)
Topic: ICT-52-2020: 5G PPP – Smart Connectivity beyond 5G
Researcher responsible at LiU: Professor Erik G. Larsson at the Department of Electrical Engineering (ISY), Division for Communication Systems (KS)

Title: Ultra-broadband infrared gas sensor for pollution detection (TRIAGE)
Topic: ICT-37-2020: Advancing photonics technologies and application driven photonics components and the innovation ecosystem
Researcher responsible at LiU: Professor David Bastviken and Senior Lecturer Magnus Gålfalk at The Department of Thematic Studies (TEMA) Environmental Change 

Title: Commercial & Research Opportunity for Cysteinyl Leukotriene Signalling in Ocular & CNS (CRYSTAL3)
Topic: MSCA-RISE-2016: Research and Innovation Staff Exchange
Researcher responsible at LiU: Associate Professor Lasse Jensen at Division of Diagnostics and Specialist Medicine (DISP) at Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences (HMV)

A list of all granted projects funded by Horizon 2020 at LiU so-far can be found at the Grants and Program Offices website:


Upcoming framework programme is almost here

Horizon Europe, the next European framework programme for research and innovation will be launched in 2021. The first calls are expected to open during the first quarter of next year. Vinnova will organise a digital launch event in February focusing on the political aspects and goals.

Horizon Europe will have a stronger focus on concrete and measurable results and societal effects than the predecessor Horizon 2020, through a cross-disciplinary funding format called missions. The commission have identified five mission areas:

  • Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation
  • Cancer
  • Climate-neutral and smart cities
  • Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters
  • Soil health and food

However, much will be recognized from the current Horizon 2020 framework programme. For example, the European Research Council (ERC) and Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) will be included, although the structure within MSCA will be somewhat simplified. Due to the historically high search pressure within the MSCA, restrictions regarding re-submissions will be introduced, similar to those that currently exist within the ERC. That is, based on the outcome of the evaluation, you may be prevented from re-submitting for a period of time.

Find out more about Horizon Europe at the EU Commission official website:

Last spring, LiU was visited by Dr Seán McCarty, who gave a thorough overview of Horizon Europe. During the workshop "Getting Ready for Horizon Europe" we got an overview of the proposed structure, focusing on what is new in relation to Horizon 2020. We also learned more about the formal processes for preparing a framework programme and the political, economic, social and technical issues that will influence its content. Those of you who was not able to attend, but are interested in the presentation material, please contact gpo@liu.se.

Grants and Program Offices will of course continue to monitor the development of Horizon Europe. There are still opportunities for you as a researcher to influence the content of the framework programme. The EU Commission regularly invites to open consultations and surveys via the Horizon Europe website.

Do not forget the funding opportunities still available within current framework programme Horizon Europe, including the so-called Green Deal calls - the €1 billion investment to boost the green and digital transition. All remaining calls is available in the Funding & Tenders portal, as well as the summary of calls found at our website. Please contact gpo@liu.se if you plan to apply, or need help identify funding opportunities.


Research and collaboration in the Biogas Research Center

Grants and Program Offices offers support in coordinating extensive research projects and programmes. One of these is the Biogas Research Center (BRC), a national transdisciplinary competence center where academy, industry, municipalities and regions discuss and co-produce knowledge towards biogas solutions. The center is administrated by LiU, and funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, LiU and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) together with 23 partners from the private and public sectors.

BRC is planned as a ten-year initiative in three phases starting in 2012. During the ongoing phase 3, there has been be reason to orientate the research to the Swedish Government´s biogas market public inquiry (SOU 2019:63), on which the center submitted a joint consultation response:

Due to various restrictions as a result from the spread of Covid-19 virus, many planned meetings and events where made into online events. BRC held its spring's conference digitally for the first time for example. The conference was attended by participants from academia, business and the public sector from not only Sweden, but also from Brazil, France, India, Italy, Cuba, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Germany. Read more about the conference here:

On October 20th 2020, BRC’s PhD course “Biogas Solutions will start online. The course aims to provide a broad knowledge of the development of biogas solutions, from process technology and biochemical processes to biogas from a system perspective, societal effects, and conditions for implementation.

Find out more about Biogas Research Center at https://biogasresearchcenter.se/?lang=en, and keep up with the activities carried out in the center via the newsletter. The latest BRC Newsletter has just been published and can be read in Swedish here.

Angela Sanseverino from the Grants and Program Offices have been working as programme coordinator at the Biogas Research Center during 2020 (substitute for Anna Brunzell). As a programme coordinator Angela provide support to BRC`s director, researchers, partners and members by planning and following up the various daily activities in the programme and the research areas. She also handles communication between BRC and LiU's administration and finance departments, and manages various agreements, budgets and reports. She is also responsible for disseminating relevant information through the BRC network, ensuring that research results are communicated as well as managing the BRC newsletter and website.

Find out more about Program and Project Coordination from the Grants and Program Offices:


EU-funded project DevTMF works for a more environmentally friendly aviation industry

One of the EU funded projects coordinated by the Grants and Program Offices is DevTMF, Development of Experimental Techniques and Predictive Tools to Characterise Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue Behaviour and Damage Mechanisms. Svjetlana Stekovic, Research Coordinator at the Grants and Program Offices, is involved in the project in various ways. She is not only Project Manager, but also the Principal Investigator in charge of the scientific part of the project. DevTMF is coordinated by LiU, with participation of Swansea University, The University of Nottingham and the European aero-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce plc.

DevTMF aims to develop methods to predict how materials in airplane turbine discs perform in conditions where both stresses and temperatures vary with time. One of the main dissemination activities in DevTMF is to produce a Code of Practice for European standardisation of Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue (TMF) crack growth test method enabling faster and easier transfer of research results to the European market.

The initial results are promising, says Svjetlana, who believes that the results will contribute to ultra-efficient aero engine components that significantly will reduces emissions from the aviation industry in the future.

Find out more about DevTMF and the results so far, in the article below from the latest number of Clean Sky e-news:

DevTMF is funded by Clean Sky 2, the largest European research programme developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft. The programme is funded by Horizon 2020, and contributes to strengthening European aero-industry collaboration, global leadership and competitiveness.


We are Grants and Program Offices (GPO)

On the 1 st of September we became two units: the Grants Office and the Program Office. We will work in close collaboration under the name Grants and Program Offices. This means no changes for you as a researcher or a financial officer at LiU. Our ambition is to continue to develop and refine our support for LiU's researchers in both research funding as well as in programme and project coordination.

Elina Hjertström is the head of unit at the Program Office, and Agneta Jansson is the new head of unit at Grants Office.

Contact us at the Grants and Program Offices:
Mail: gpo@liu.se
Website: www.liu.se/go


Say hello to our new coordinator!

In the last newsletter, we mentioned that we were recruiting a new coordinator within research funding support and programme coordination. We are now happy to welcome Marie Helsing Västfjäll to the team at Grants and Program Offices. She will provide support in research programmes and projects coordinates by the Grants and Program Office.

She will work in close collaboration with Tove Kvarnström, coordinator and editor of this newsletter. Together, we will manage the Grants and Program Offices’ website, newsletter and social media, as well as the research funding database Research Professional and Prisma.

Marie has a research background and completed her PhD in Psychology at Gothenburg University in 2012, in which she investigated the effects of everyday music listening on emotions, stress and health. Most recently, Marie worked as a Communicator, Coordinator and Senior Lab Manager at the Aging Research Center (ARC) at Karolinska Institutet (KI). As a communicator, she was responsible for updating the ARC's external website and communicating information within and outside of the center in different formats. She also had a supportive role in the executive group at ARC. As a Senior Lab Manager, she have been involved in several large data collections from start to finish where her role was mainly focused around study coordination, but also to assist the members of the research group in their day-to-day work.

Marie, welcome to LiU and the Grants and Program Offices!


Johanna Rosén receives prestigious project grant from KAW

At the turn of the month, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) presented the 18 outstanding basic research projects in the fields of medicine, the natural sciences and technology that have been awarded the research projects grant of 2020. Johanna Rosén, Professor at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), together with researchers from LiU and Uppsala University, will receive SEK 29 million over a five-year period to study promising two-dimensional materials with completely new properties. Congratulations!

Find out more about the project ”The 2D-Materials Frontier”


Important negotiations during the Brexit transition period

When United Kingdom left the European Union on January the 31st, both sides had agreed on a withdrawal agreement. During the ongoing transition period, UK still follows EU rules and continues to pay into the EU budget. It is still possible for UK organisations to participate in Horizon 2020 in the same way as before Brexit. This includes also projects finishing after the transition period is over on December 31st 2020. UK organisations can participate in projects, just as before Brexit, both as coordinator and partner.

Negotiations between the EU and UK will take place until the end of the transition period. These negotiations will determine in which way UK organisations may participate in the upcoming European Framework Programme Horizon Europe.

Failure to research an agreement would automatically give UK the status as a third county under Horizon Europe, resulting that UK organisations would be eligible for funding just in exceptional cases.

Universities UK International and the UK Science and Innovation Network will arrange a live webinar on 28 October. This webinar will walk through the different possible scenarios, and most importantly, what universities in the UK and in the EU need to do by the end of the year to prepare for any outcome. Registration and more information can be found here.


No call for travel grants from KAW this autumn

For several years, travel grants have been awarded to young researchers at LiU from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Due to the corona pandemic, the Foundation has now announced that no travel grants will be awarded in 2020. Whether any travel grants will be awarded in the spring of 2021 or not will depend on the development of the pandemic and on when physical meetings can take place again.


Information from the Library

The temporary open access support provided by the LiU Library will unfortunately not be available after the 18th of December 2020.

Does your research affect Corona in any way? Please contact the archive (arkiv@liu.se) and they will help to preserve traces for future researchers.


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 2020-2021 and a more detailed one for more imminent calls.

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

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Last updated: 2021-04-26