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Nyhetsbrev mars 2017

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Formas tour at LiU 6/3

On the 28th of February 2017, Formas opened their annual open call. Due to this, Formas and Grants Office invites you an information meeting about the call - with presentations about writing and evaluating applications to Formas.


  • Information about Formas open call 2017
    Karin Önneby and Kristina Laurell, Senior Research Officiers at Formas.
  • Tips and recommendations from an evaluator
    Professor Stefan Anderberg, Department of Management and Engineering (IEI) at LiU
  • Experiences from writing a Formas proposal:
    Professor Per Jensen, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM) at LiU

When: Monday 6 March, 13.00-15.00
Where: Planck, F Building Entrance 57, Campus Valla

The presentations will be held in English. No registration needed. Welcome!

More information is available here: http://old.liu.se/insidan/forskningsfinansiering/startsida-hogerkolumn/1.715793/InfomeetingFormasannualcall2017.pdf


Grants office tour 2017

During 2017 Grants Office will visit Campus US (19th of Januari), Campus Norrköping (20th of April) and Campus Valla (12th of September). Join us for a fika and learn more about e.g. the funding database Research Professional and get tips on how to design a research application to H2020.

  • Thursday 20th of April, 10.00-12.00 and 13.30-15.00 at Campus Norrköping
    K24, Kåkenhus AM
    B342, Bomullsspinneriet PM
  • Tuesday 12th of September 09.00-12.00 at Campus Valla

More information will follow!


new rules concerning wages in h2020 project

The European Commission requires that all beneficiaries in research projects within Horizon 2020 can verify working time and personnel costs. Because of this, Linköping University has decided that all projects within H2020 as from January 1st 2017 must use 1720 hours as annual productive hours when reporting. Since the transition to 1720 hours came into force on the 1st, projects with a reporting period that started in 2016 and ends in 2017, must use two different methods during this initial transition period - actual productive hours for the period before 2017 and the new 1720 hours standardization for the period after 1 January 2017.

The new decision will result in a more uniform and consistent reporting, with a system for calculating annual productive hours which cannot be disputed by the European Commission in case of an audit. Reporting of productive hours for staff who do not work full time or have not worked a full year is also more flexible, since we may apply pro rata of the time.

In the Grants Office newsletter from September 2016, we mentioned that salaries from 2017 and forwards should be calculated per month instead of the last closed year. This is no longer relevant since the Commission has made it clear that this method is not preferable. It is easier to calculate salaries using last closed year instead of monthly salary, which will consequently reduce the risk of errors.

Other rules may apply for projects outside Horizon 2020, such as FP7. These will therefore be handled in exactly the same way as before.


Reporting in prisma will open no earlier than april

As mentioned, Prisma will be used for scientific and economic reporting to the Swedish Research Council (VR), Formas and Forte from 2017 and forward. Due to further system developments in Prisma, the reporting function did not open January 1st as planned. The new goal is to open the reporting function in April. The funders will inform all Principal investigators and those with reporting tasks about the new deadlines.

Note that Prisma will not be used for reporting task for all grants. In short, grants awarded prior to 2015 (VR) and 2016 (Formas) are reported as before, using forms or Formas Direct. For grants awarded after this, all reporting will be managed through the Prisma system. You can find out more about which information will be requested and how often on the funders websites. Information about reporting in Prisma is also available at the Grants Office website.

The project leader does not have to invite the financial manager who will perform the reporting task. This will be manage on a central level at LiU. Project leaders and financial managers will be informed of the relevant dates well in advance of deadline.


New grantad projects within h2020

During the first two months of 2017, LiU has been granted two new projects within the EU framework programme Horizon 2020.

The first project is within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions Individual Fellowship (MSCA IF) – a programme which aims to support experienced researchers from around the world to, during a period, conduct research at a university, a research center or a company in another country. Within the project TinPSC (Towards Stable and Highly Efficient Tin-based Perovskite Solar Cells), Dr Feng Wang, who previously worked at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, will spend two years at LiU. Together with his colegues at IFM he aims to develop the use of perovskite in solar cells. Assistant Professor Feng Gao at IFM will act as supervisor and has now received three grants within Horizon 2020 – an ERC Starting Grant (SHINING) and an MSCA RISE (PEOPLE)

The upcoming call for MSC-IF opens April 11 and closes on September 14 2017. Read more about MSCA IF here: https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/about/individual-fellowships_en.

The second granted project this year is within Euratom, a complementary research programme for nuclear research and training. The main objective of the project IL TROVATORE (Innovative cladding materials for advanced accident-tolerant energy systems) is to improve nuclear energy safety by identifying accident-tolerant cladding materials. LiU act as partner, and Per Eklund at IFM is the researcher in charge of the project at LiU.

A complete list of all granted projects within H2020 is available here.


Grants office network groups

Are you interested in receiving information about upcoming calls and seminars within your research field?

Starting 2017, you have the possibility to join a Grants Office Network group, where we select relevant news, calls and events based on your research field. Members in a network group will receive a collection of relevant calls from Swedish and international funders, including Horizon 2020, which are available for researchers at Swedish universities. We will use the funding database Research Professional which makes it possible for you to specify the search further. The network members will also get information about seminars and other events, within the research field, arranged by Grants Office and funders.

Initially network groups within the following research fields will be created:

Public Health
Clinical Medicine

Interested? Send us an email (grantsoffice@liu.se) and specify which network group you are interested in joining. Please let us know if you would like us to create a network group within a research field which is not on the list above.


Mail from the EU-Commission concerning communication

Last week all participants in granted Horizon 2020 projects received an email from the EU-Commission. As mentioned, communication activities for EU-projects has become more important, and the email was about communication. The email contained a number of useful liks and also some concrete tips about how to use Twitter in a research project. Please contact us if you can't find this email, but are participating in an H2020 project.


Apply for OA publishing funds, deadline 30/4

A couple of years ago, the European Commission launched a pilot action (OpenAIRE FP7 post-grant pilot) to fund open access to peer-reviewed publications from projects in the framework programme FP7. The pilot will come to a close as of Apr 30th, 2017. Manuscripts accepted beyond that date will not be eligible for funding anymore.

The funds made available through the pilot are to cover Open Access publication fees for research articles, monographs, book chapters or conference proceedings if these are occurring after the end of the grant (and not eligible for reimbursement from the project budget). A maximum of three publications per project will be funded.

call for proposals

We have complied a list of open calls from some of the major swedish funders and the EU-commission (see below). All available calls from Horizon 2020 can be found in Participant Portal. Research Professional is another good source with research funding opportunites.

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