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  • What’s new in Prisma?
  • All-time high of number of applicants to MSCA from LiU
  • Develop your funding strategy with the help of Research Professional
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  • Course from Vinnova: How to write a competitive research application
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  • Updated "Approval of Conditions for Participation in EU-projects"-form
  • Call for applications


Changes within the Grants Office team

Kirstin Kahl is now working full time as Senior Financial Officer at Grants Office and Communications Officer Tove Kvarnström is back from parental leave. Susanna Lönnqvist who has been substitute Communications Officer remains in the group in the form of communication support towards WASP (Wallenberg Autonomous Systems and Software Program).

Mårten Rosander (Financial Coordinator) and Bohdan Sklepkovych (Science Writer) who both worked at Grants Office for many years, have left the team for new adventures within and outside the university. We are currently in the process of recruiting a new Science Writer and a Research Coordinator with responsibility towards Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action, amongst other things.

You will find a complete list of the Grants Office team here. If you are unsure of who to contact, please use grantsoffice@liu.se.


Briefing from the Swedish Research Council

In late February, the Swedish research funding agencies Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council), Forte and Formas, arranged an information day concerning the calls of 2018. The Swedish Research Council described their assessment and reviewing process and gave a presentation of their general and specific terms for grants. All presentations are in Swedish, but can be found here:

  • https://www.vr.se/nyheterpress/nyheter2018/informationsdagomaretsutlysningar.5.ca5e4da1610e4a848563d70.html

Project grants from the Swedish Research Council opens on 14 February (HS, AR, MH) and 7 March (NE, ES, DR), and closes 20 March and 10 April. One novelty for this year is that the Consolidator grant, which is applicable for researchers with a PhD from 7-12 years ago, is a two-stage proposal. The grant must not cover salary for the applicant if the researcher is not within Humanities and Social Sciences or Educational Sciences. It is possible to apply for a project grant simultaneously, but the researchers must reject one of them if both applications are granted. On the contrary, researchers in the search for a Starting Grant (2-7 years since PhD) may not apply for a project grant at the same time, but the grant can be used for the applicant’s salary. During 2018 Research Environment Grants within a number of fields are available. Note that a researcher can only apply for funding within one of the calls for research environment. Additional information about this year’s call can be found at the Swedish Research Council webpage.

Starting this year, applicants to the Swedish Research Council must testify that they have not been evicted for misconduct during the past two years. When signing the proposal in Prisma, the Head of Department also confirms this.

As mentioned in the article on Prisma, the system will undergo further development during 2018. The Swedish Research Council, who owns the system together with Formas and Forte, are also updating their technical platforms. They launched a chat function on their website last year where they can assist applicants with both technical issues and questions concerning calls. They will also present an entirely new webpage design at www.vr.se during this year.


What’s new in Prisma?

The application and case management system Prisma underwent a number of updates during 2017. Technical errors were handled and the feature for economic reporting was launched, without any major mishaps on the way. Downloading documents is now simpler thanks to a new feature. Another novelty is that signers can access applications and grants even after signing them, which was not the case earlier. Further development will keep on during 2018.

When applying for grants from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) the list of publications should be attached as a PDF. This is nothing new, but additional directions has been added for applications during 2018. The publications list of the project leader has a maximum of five pages, and the maximum of allowed pages for participating researcher is one page. Additional information can be found in the call information text. The Swedish Research Council aims to start using the publications function in Prisma, as Formas and Forte do today, once the function to automatically add publications to an application is available in Prisma.

Tove Kvarnström is now again the main supervisor for the Linköping University account in Prisma. Kirstin Kahl, also from Grants Office, and Marie Sigvardsson at the Planning and Finance Division forms the remaining part of the Prisma group at LiU. Contact us using prisma@liu.se.


All-time high of number of applicants to MSCA from LiU

When this year’s call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (MSCA ITN) closed in January, a total of 32 applications with LiU participation has been sent to the Commission. That makes this call the most attractive call within Horizon 2020 for LiU researchers so far. In total, researchers at LiU have sent in just over 500 applications to the current framework programme.

MSCA ITN funds international research training programmes and recruitment of foreign PhD students. The consortium must consist of partners from both academia and industry from at least three different countries. The next call within MSCA ITN opens on the 13th of September this year and closes on the 15th of January next year.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions has been the most attractive programme at LiU since the beginning of Horizon 2020, with a majority within ITN. A similar pattern is found among the granted projects at LiU – MSCA is the programme with the most granted proposals and almost exclusively all of them are within ITN. MSCA was popular back in the previous framework programme (FP7) as well. More than one quarter of all granted projects at LiU was within MSCA, and the majority of them was ITN. The majority of all granted projects at LiU in FP7 was within Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), an area which makes up only a small number of the granted projects in H2020. It is never the less the fourth most attractive part within H2020 at LiU.


Develop your funding strategy with the help of Research Professional

As an employee at LiU you have access to the funding database Research Professional with over 8000 Swedish and international research funders included. You can subscribe on calls based on your research profile and specific field of interest, which provides you with easy access information on relevant grants directly to your email. Grants Office are happy to assist you – from individual researchers to departments and research groups –  to set up basic searches and get the most out of Research Professional. Please contact grantsoffice@liu.se.

Starting the past month Research Professional also offers guides on, for example, how to implement Impact in research applications, and advices for junior researchers in search of funding. They also offers stories on researchers who has succeeded in writing granted research proposals. This new function is called Funding Insight Europe and can be found at the ”Funding” section available in the top menu in Research Professional. Subscription and sharing with colleagues is possible, similarly as with news articles, opportunities and searchers.



  • Thursday 8 February
    Horizon 2020 seminar at TEMA
  • Tuesday 27 March
    Where: Campus US
    Workshop on Horizon 2020 and FP9
    Arranged by Medtech4Health, Swelife and LiUInnovation


Course from Vinnova: How to write a competitive research application

On the 17th of April Vinnova arranges a course on how to write a successful research application to Horizon 2020. For additional information and registration please visit Vinnova’s website.

An identical course will be held in mid-February, but is already fully booked. So make sure to register in good time, even though registration closes on the 12th of April.

The course will be held in Swedish only.


us funding

Are you planning on applying for funding from National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other American funding agencies? Please contact grantsoffice@liu.se for LiU’s official credentials. Do not create new accounts in these portals.


Updated "approval of conditions for participation in eu-projects"-form

The form Approval of Conditions for Participation in EU-projects has been updated and can be found in our Forms Archive.

According to the LiU Procedure for research contracts with the European Commission (LiU-2014-00837), this form has to be signed by every researcher who intends to apply for funding from Horizon 2020 or other European funding programmes, as well as by the Head of Department (Prefekt). The document shall be kept in the journals of the department and the Researcher retains an original for the dossier. A copy of this document with reference number (Dnr) shall be sent electronically to grantsoffice@liu.se.

When applying for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship, please use the approval of Conditions for MSCA Individual Fellowship form also available in our Forms Archive.

  • Download the Approval of Conditions for Participation in EU-projects-form
  • Download the Approval of Conditions for MSCA Individual Fellowship-form


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 the whole year and a more detailed one for more imminent calls.

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

  • Calls 2018
  • Imminent calls

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Last updated: 2019-10-14