Summer is almost here, and the spring has been anything but ordinary. The summer will probably not be as usual either.
Linköping University has been in distance mode since March, and we have gradually got used to online coffee breaks and meetings. Research funders around the world have announced dedicated calls for research on covid-19 and have extended deadlines, reporting periods and project durations. We have compiled a section on the Grants Office website with information relevant to those of you who are looking for research funding or have an ongoing research grant. Visit the page on research funding related to covid-19 here. The EU Commission have launched the European Research Area (ERA) corona platform, a platform listing funding opportunities in relation to covid-19 and updated information about Horizon 2020 call deadline extensions.
There is of course a lot going on alongside the corona pandemic. The Grants Office continues to support you who apply for research funding and manages research projects at LiU. As always, please contact us at Grants Office if you plan to apply for funding from the EU's Horizon 2020 framework programme. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions regarding other external research funding as well. The best way to contact us is to send an email to email@example.com. We are also happy to announce that three new research projects have been granted funding within Horizon 2020. Read more about this below.
We would like to wish you all a great summer and hope to see you for real in autumn.
- Research funding related to covid-19
- LiU part of three EU funded training networks
- Programme and Project Coordination via the Grants Office
- Organisational change at the Grants Office
- Wallenberg Academy Fellows and KAW Project 2021
- Learn more about the importance of Impact
- Funding for valorisation of research results
- Apply for funding from the Swedish Energy Agency to implement you EU project
- Upcoming calls within the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)
- Apply for an ERC Advanced Grant by 26 August
- Apply for grants for pediatric research at LiU
- Vinnova funds and informs about research collaborations with India
- Apply for projects grant for international research collaboration on cultural heritage
- Calls for proposals
Research funding related to covid-19
The ongoing Corona pandemic is affecting the society to a large extent, and the funding landscape is of course no exception. Research funders are announcing special funding opportunities for research projects related to covid-19. We have compiled a section on our website with information relevant to those who are looking for research funding or have an ongoing research grant. There, among other things, you will find a list of calls from the funding database Research Professional. This list is updated automatically when a new call is announced.
- Research funding related to covid-19 (to the Grants Office website)
- Search in Research Professional for funding opportunities related to covid-19 (to Research Professional)
The European Commission has a number of calls with deadline on the 11th of June to support corona virus research (read more here) and on the European Research Area (ERA) Corona Platform all relevant calls from the Commission are listed as well as the latest Horizon 2020 call deadline updates:
The Swedish Research Council has a call for career support funding for research into virus and virus-caused disease conditions (deadline 25 August, find out more here). You can find more information about other relevant calls and information for those with ongoing grants at the VR website.
The special calls do not only apply to medical research. They are aimed at researchers within several different subject areas. For example, Formas and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) have a joint call for research on the societal effects and opportunities for transition after Covid-19 (deadline 3 September, find out more here). Vinnova is calling on innovative ideas to address the wider impact of the corona crisis with a call that closes on the 18 of September (find our more here). The European Commission launched a new call for Coronavirus research within Horizon 2020 with focus on for example behavioral, social and economic impacts of the outbreak (deadline 11 June, find our more here).
The deadlines for many regular calls from Swedish and International funders are being extended due to the Corona pandemic. Information on all deadlines can be found on the funders’ websites and application portals. We strive to always have updated deadlines on the Grants Office website:
- Open calls from Swedish funders (to the Grants Office website)
- Annual summary of calls (to the Grants Office website)
We also inform about extended calls on our Twitter @LiUGrantsOffice.
Some funders, for example the Swedish Research Council, have made it possible to use part of an ongoing grant for research on covid-19. Many funders have also decided to extend their reporting periods and to allow extensions of project duration. Visit the funders webpage to find out what applies to your project. If you are unsure, please feel free to contact us at the Grants Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will help you find the information you need. Information for those with an ongoing grant from the European Commission can be found in the following presentation:
- Grant Management under COVID-19 (presentation from the European Commission)
As always, please contact us at Grants Office if you plan to apply for funding from the EU's Horizon 2020 framework programme. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions regarding other external research funding as well. The best way to contact us is to send an email to email@example.com.
LiU part of three EU funded training networks
Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) is a programme within Horizon 2020 which funds researcher mobility between countries and between academia and industry. Recently, three proposals within MSCA were granted at LiU. They are so called Innovative Training Networks (ITN), which are four-year multi-partner networks focusing on the training of early career researchers. LiU is participant in all the projects. This means that LiU will get funding to host and train PhD students at the university.
The funded projects are:
Title: PERovskite SEmiconductors for PHOtoNics (PERSEPHONe)
Researcher responsible at LiU: Feng Gao, Professor at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM)
A list of all granted projects funded by Horizon 2020 can be found at the Grants Office website:
Programme and Project Coordination via the Grants Offic
Grants Office gives support in the grant writing process when applying for larger projects and programmes. In addition to this, it is possible to allocate funds from the project budget for project coordination through the Grants Office.
For example, we can:
- keep in contact with the funder and ensure that the work is carried out according to decided strategies, purposes and goals,
- coordinate the reporting to the funder including compilation of research results and publications,
- coordinate the process of establishing legal agreements,
- prepare agendas and documentation for management meetings,
- assist in the work of establishing a communication plan and to follow up on the plan,
- in collaboration with a financial officer at the department, prepare an annual budget, overall follow-up of the budget, reporting, managing time sheets, etc.,
- managing budget issues from researchers and external partners,
- coordinate administrative processes such as document management and project tools, as well as administration in connection with internal and external meetings, courses and events,
- if needed, identify additional funding.
Grants Office have a long experience of research coordination, currently active in more than ten programmes and projects. We have now a dedicated page on the Grants Office webpage where you can find out more about the coordination support provided by the Grants Office and the current coordination activities.
Organisational change at the Grants Office
Grants Office will be divided into two units starting September the 1st 2020: The Grants Office and the Program Office. Elina Hjertström, programme coordinator for WASP (Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program), will be head of unit at the Program Office. Agneta Jansson, research coordinator at Grants Office, will be the new head of unit at Grants Office.
This means no changes for you as a researcher 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.
More information about this will be presented in the autumn!
Wallenberg Academy Fellows and KAW Project 2021
Preliminary information about the internal processes for nominations for the Wallenberg Academy Fellows (WAF) 2021 is now available at the Grants Office website. Please contact your Head of Department if you are interested.
- Internal processes and timeframe for nominations for the Wallenberg Foundation (to the Grants Office website)
The Foundation has announced that the 2021 call for KAW Research Projects is cancelled due to COVID-19 circumstances.
Learn more about the importance of Impact
The term impact has become increasingly important within the research community, not the least for those who are applying for research funding. Impact is often explained as the effect research has beyond academia. But the term is more complicated than that. If you are interested to learn more about impact, please visit https://www.fasttrackimpact.com/. The page is run by the company Fast Track Impact and have many resources on how you as a researcher can generate and present the impact of your research. For example, you can find templates and tools as well as good practice on impact case studies and a free online training course.
Funding for valorisation of research results
It is now possible to apply for activities to disseminate, utilise and valorise research results for non-academic stakeholders through the Utilisation Verification (VFN) programme.
Find out more via the link below and apply by 14 June:
Apply for funding from the Swedish Energy Agency to implement you EU project
You who have been invited to sign a contract for an EU project not yes started can apply for funding for implementation from the Swedish Energy Agency. The project must be funded by the Horizon 2020, the Research Fund for Coal and Steel or LIFE programmes, and deal with research questions within the scope of the Swedish Energy Agency.
Find out more via the link below, and apply by 18 June:
- Sök stöd för att genomföra ditt EU-projekt (in Swedish only)
Upcoming calls within the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)
The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is a public-private partnership between the European Commission and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) aiming to speed up development of medicines. The next calls within IMI will open on the 23 of June. IMI will hold free-of-charge webinars daily between the 15th and 30th of June.
- Information about IMI2 calls 22 & 23
- Information and registration for the IMI2 – Call 22 & 23 webinars
Apply for an ERC Advanced Grant by 26 August
The ERC Advanced Grant call 2020 is now open for applications. The European Research Council (ERC) funds ground-breaking high-risk research.
Applicants are expected to be active researchers who have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years. They should also be exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions.
Please contact Grants Office Research Coordinator Josefin Fernius (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan to apply.
The call closes on the 26th of August. More information can be found at the ERC webpage:
Have you already received an ERC grant and want to explore the commercial or societal potential of your work? ERC grantees with an ongoing, or recently ended grant, may apply for additional funding via an ERC Proof of Concept Grant. Call deadline is on September the 17th. Please contact Josefin Fernius (email@example.com) if you are interested in applying. More information can be found at the ERC webpage:
Due to the transition to the next framework programme Horizon Europe, the calls for ERC Starting Grant (StG) and Consolidator Grant (CoG) will be slightly postponed in 2021. StG is expected to open on January 12th and close on March 9th 2021. CoG is expected to be open for applications between January 21st and April 20th 2021. The application deadlines for Advanced Grant and Proof of Concept are expected to be more or less unchanged from this year’s deadlines.
Apply for grants for pediatric research at LiU
The first call from Joanna Cocozza stiftelse för barnmedicinsk forskning (pediatric research) has now opened. Applicants must be employed at LiU, or be employed in health care in Sydöstra sjukvårdsregionen and conduct research at LiU. The grants are in the form av Project grants, Starting and Consolidator grants and a Guest professorship.
Read more via the link below and apply by August 17:
Vinnova funds and informs about research collaborations with India
In May, Vinnova held a web-based information meeting on research collaborations with India. The meeting was recorded, and the recording is available via the link below. There you will also find all presentation material and links to relevant calls. Note that the recording and presentation material is in Swedish only.
- Informationsmöte om samarbete med Indien (to Vinnova.se)
The 28th of August, is the deadline for a call to support bilateral cooperation with India in health and AI, facing challenges like the Coronavirus. Organisations in Sweden, such as universities, that want to collaborate with organisations in India can apply. The purpose is to enable scalable and flexible health solutions in both countries using AI-based technology as a tool. Find out more about the call here:
- Bilateral cooperation with India within health and AI (to Vinnova.se)
Apply for projects grant for international research collaboration on cultural heritage
Researchers in the area of cultural heritage can now apply for a project grant for international collaborations from the European research programme Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage (JPI-CH). The consortium application shall be submitted by the research consortium’s coordinator using JPI-CH’s application system. A corresponding application is submitted via the Swedish Research Council’s application system Prisma in parallel with the international coordinator submitting the consortium application.
Find out more via the link below and apply by 22 September (the consortium application) and 29 September (the Swedish partner’s application):
- Project grant for international research collaboration on/within cultural heritage (JPI-CH) (to VR.se)
- Cultural Heritage, Identities & Perspectives: Responding to Changing Societies Joint Call (to JPI-CHI.eu)
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 2019-2020 and a more detailed one for more imminent calls.
- Yearly summary of calls 2020
- Imminent calls June 2020
- Annual Funding Calendar
- Funding for early career researchers
Last updated: 2020-08-24