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In a couple of days many of us at LiU will celebrate Midsummer´s Eve singing silly Swedish summer songs with friends and family. The schools have already begun their summer holidays, but the Grants Office will be in office for a couple of more weeks. As always, you can reach us at grantsoffice@liu.se.

Since a couple of years, we have visited coffee rooms at departments and divisions under a concept we call Grants Office in your Coffee Room. We have set up searches in Research Professional, discussed specific calls and personal strategies for research funding – in your coffee room. This autumn we are looking forward to visit coffee rooms at Campus Valla. Please contact us at grantsoffice@liu.se if you are interested in a visit from us!

The European Commission has proposed the budget for year 2020. They propose an increase of the Horizon 2020 budget with 6,4%, which would result in a total Horizon 2020 budget of €13,2 billion for the year 2020. Read more about the proposed budget in Research Professional:

Draft Work Programme for the remaining calls within Horizon 2020 will be published at Vinnova.se, and on the European Commission webpage:

These days, it feels almost mandatory to include at least a short text about Brexit. UK took part in the EU elections, which means that 31 October 2019 still is the expected leave date. But when it comes to Brexit – everything can happen. A lot will depend on who will succeed Theresa May as Prime Minister.

We wish you all a great summer, and we hope to see you in autumn!



  • Well attended at the Grants Office Seminars - check out the presentations!
  • Internal processes and timeframe for nominations for the Wallenberg Foundations
  • Meet the new GO team members
  • 2019 ERC Advanced Grants is now open for applications
  • "Researchers are ordinary peopole with extraordinatry jobs"
  • Are you the next MSCA Fellow of the Week?
  • Calls for proposals


Well attended at the Grants Office Seminars - check out the presentations!

Over 100 researchers and administrators attended to our annual seminar on grant opportunities and Grants Office support, which took place in May. A new addition to the program this year was information about the Wallenberg Foundations, with details on the internal processes at LiU*. We did a short demonstration of Research Professional – a database of worldwide funding opportunities. We also had the pleasure of listening to researchers who have received European research funding sharing their experiences.

At Campus US Thuy Tran, postdoc at The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship (MSCA IF) together with her supervisor Daniel Aili (professor at IFM). They were funded after a second try. One key to their success was a more ambitious preparatory work before writing the actual proposal. They read and followed the instructions in the call text and details on how the proposal would be evaluated. Thuy had several meetings with the supervisor and with the Grants Office at an early stage to discuss the project and the proposal. Thuy gave several useful recommendations on how to effectively create the best conditions for a successful proposal.

At Campus Norrköping Professor Andreas Motel-Klingebiel at the Division Ageing and Social Change (ASC) at the Department of Social and Welfare Studies (ISV), responsible for an Innovative Training Network (MSCA ITN) at LiU, presented his experience. MSCA ITN is a mobility program for the recruitment of international PhD students within Horizon 2020. Andreas shared some of the challenges he encountered during the process, in particular the problem of co-financing. He also highlighted the fact that MSCA ITN is a rewarding and prestigious type of funding.

At the final seminar at Campus Valla we got some insights from the experience from IFM Professor Johanna Rosén´s interview at The European Research Council (ERC) in Brussels. Proposals to ERC Starting or Consolidator Grant are reviewed in two stages. If making it to the second stage, the researcher will take part in a short and intensive interview in Brussels. The review panel will then make their decisions on who will be granted funding from this prestigious research council. Johanna recommended to attend interview trainings before going to Brussels and underlined the importance of contacting the Grants Office early in the process. We strongly agree with Johanna.

If you are planning on applying for calls within Horizon 2020, always contact grantsoffice@liu.se at an early stage.

All presentations are available at our website:

* Further information on processes concerning the Wallenberg Foundations can be found below “Internal processes and timeframe for nominations for the Wallenberg Foundations”.


Internal processes and timeframe for nominations for the Wallenberg Foundations

The Wallenberg Foundations is the collective name for the public and private foundations funded by individual members of the Wallenberg family. In general, applications to the Wallenbergs Foundations requires internal prioritisation processes which select the most promising research projects. At LiU there are procedures where the vice-chancellor, along with the advisory board, prioritises and approves applications. Information about the process and timeframe for nominations at LiU are available here:


Meet the new GO team members

PetronellaBy the time our previous newsletter was sent out, Petronella Norberg had been at Grants Office for just a couple of days. Now, she has coordinated the graduate school of the research programme WASP for almost two months, and has had time to get acquainted with this massive programme. As a coordinator she will facilitate all the different events within the graduate school – from courses and study visits to summer schools and conferences.

Petronella did both her master and PhD at Linköping University (Master of Science in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering (Y-Linjen) and The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM)). After receiving her PhD in 1999, she worked at the research institute RISE Acreo for 20 years. Amongst other things she was group manager for future technology and project manager. Much of her work involved printed electronics, with close collaborations with researchers at LiU.

When Petronella is not coordinating the graduate school of Sweden’s largest individual research program ever, she spends a lot of time on genealogy. Both using DNA analysis as well as more traditional methods including archive studies to trace her family history.

CharlotteOn the first of May, research coordinator Charlotte Lundgren joined the Grants Office team. She has until now been a senior lecturer at the Department of Culture and Communications (IKK) at LiU. She did her PhD at LiU and has studied communication, work and informal learning primarily within health care environments and within the field of professional horse riding. Horses is an important part of Charlotte´s life, as is her two dogs, Hasse and Tage.

When reflecting over the transition from a researcher applying for funding for her own research, to a research coordinator assisting others applying for funding, she says:
- It feels great! It will be truly meaningful to assist those interested in research to gain the necessary funds.

Finally, in August we will welcome Theresa Apelqvist as coordinator. She will work mainly towards the Division of Environmental Technology at The Department of Management and Engineering (IEI) together with coordinator Anna Brunzell, who has been assigned to this division since a couple of years.


2019 ERC Advanced Grants is now open for applications

The 2019 call for the European Research Council Advanced Grant (ERC AdG) is now open for applications. ERC Advanced Grant is a grant scheme for world leading researchers with ground-breaking research ideas of high risk. Applicants must have a track-record of least 10 years’ experience of successful research. Grantees may be awarded up to € 2.5 million for a period of 5 years. This year´s call closes on 29 August 2019.

Please contact josefin.fernius@liu.se if you are planning on applying. Internal procedures and timeframe for applications from LiU to the European Research Council can be found at our website:

Further reading:


"Researchers are ordinary peopole with extraordinatry jobs"

Do you want to meet a school class and share your experiences of being a researcher? Register to take part in “Låna en forskare” (“Borrow a researcher”) – an activity within the annual science festival European Researcher´s Night. In Sweden, the European Researcher´s Night is called ForskarFredag (Researchers´ Friday).

The European Researcher´s Night is funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and takes part all over Europe. The purpose is to create public engagement and meetings between academia and the general public, to show how research can be both exciting and connected to everyday life.

The European Researchers’ Night 2019 will take place on the 27th of September, and matching of researchers and school classes will be made during the summer.

More information and registration for “Låna en forskare”

More information on The European Researcher´s Night in Sweden:


Are you the next MSCA Fellow of the Week

Every Friday, the EU Commission share a so-called MSCA fellow of the week on social media. Are you a fellow funded by any Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) and want your moment in the spotlight? Then send an e-mail to EAC-MSCA-COMMUNICATION@ec.europa.eu with a summary of your research, pictures of you and information on any outreach activities.

Examples of previous Fellows of the Week can be found via Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Twitter.


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: 2019-10-11