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We are experiencing a strange and troubled time. In addition to the impact the Corona pandemic has on health and economy, our daily lives are affected too. Most of us are working from home and research funders extends deadlines for applications and reporting tasks, and are announcing extra funding for Corona-related research. Researchers with ongoing projects are also affected. The Grants Office strive to provide the same support to you during this period. Read more about this later.

However, we are delighted that several projects have been granted funding at LiU. In this newsletter we write about TAILOR, which is part of the EU's major investment in artificial intelligence, and about LiU professor Håkan Olausson, who has been appointed a Wallenberg Clinical Scholar.

The European Commission has granted more research projects at LiU within Horizon 2020. For example, two new Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA IF) will be launched during the year. Heriberto Rodriguez-Martinez, professor emeritus at the Division of Children´s and Women's Health at BKV, is responsible for the project Alloem (Maternal immune response to allogeneic embryos) and Professor Feng Gao at the Biomolecular and Organic Electronics division at IFM for the project WLEP (White Light-Emitting Diodes Based on Organometal Halide Perovskites. In June, the Grants Office will arrange a webinar for those applying for this year's call within MSCA IF. Read more below.

In two other granted research projects, LiU is a partner. One of them is SYMPHONY (Smart Hybrid Multimodal Printed Harvesting of Energy) where University Lecturer Isak Engquist at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at ITN is the responsible researcher at LiU. The project started formally a few days ago and will last for four years. MAHALO (Modern ATM via Human/Automation Learning Optimisation) is funded through SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research), which is a research programme with the mission of developing a modernised air traffic management system (ATM) for Europe. Responsible researcher at LiU is Associate Professor Jonas Lundberg at the Division for Media and Information Technology at ITN. The project starts 1 June this year and will last for two and a half years.

Find out more about the granted projects in an article at the LiU website:

A list of all granted projects funded by Horizon 2020 can be found at the Grants Office website:


  • Grants Office are here for you in distance mode
  • Extended deadline for many calls
  • Welcome to the Grants Office Seminars 2020 in September
  • Webinar for those applying for a MSCA IF
  • LiU Professor is onw of four appointed Wallenberg Clinical Scholars 2020
  • The EU Commission grants giant investment on AI at LiU
  • Participating administrator in Prisma
  • EUREKA Inter-Cluster joint call on international innovation projects within AI
  • New agenda for the Swedish aeronautics sector
  • Calendar
  • Calls for proposals


grants office are here for you in distance mode

Due to the spread of COVID-19, LiU has activated distance mode. However, we at the Grants Office strive to provide the same support to you during this period. Although we cannot meet physically, we are happy to meet on the phone or via the web. 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 grantsoffice@liu.se.

We are happy to find digital solutions, that enable us to continue to visit departments, units, and research environments. During the spring, for example, we arranged a webinar with the Swedish Cancer Society, and two digital Grants Office in your Coffee Room at IFM. Does your department, unit or research environment want a digital visit from Grants Office? Please contact us at grantsoffice@liu.se.


extended deadline for many calls

The deadlines for many calls from Swedish and International funders are being extended due to the Corona pandemic. Funders also have announced special calls for research on covid-19. For example The Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation, AFA Insurance, Formas and Vinnova.

Information on all new deadlines and calls can be found on the funders’ websites and application portals. The EU Commission has a special page where they list calls with new deadlines:

We strive to always have updated deadlines on our website - on the page for Swedish Funders and in our annual summary of calls. We also inform about extended and new calls on our Twitter @LiUGrantsOffice.

Ongoing projects are also affected, and funders have chosen to handle this in slightly different ways. For example, many funders have extended their reporting periods, and the Swedish Research Council have made it possible to use part of an ongoing grant for research on covid-19 (see link below).
Visit the funders webpage to find out what applies for your project. If you are unsure, please feel free to contact us at the Grants Office (grantsoffice@liu.se) and we will help you find the information you need.


welcome to the grants office seminars 2020 in september

Due to the Corona pandemic, we are moving forward the spring's announced Grants Office seminars to autumn 2020, to the following dates:

Monday 21 September 09.30-11.30 at Campus US
Tuesday 22 September 09.30-11.30 at Campus Norrköping
Wednesday 23 September 09.30-11.30 at Campus Valla

As mentioned in the last newsletter, this seminar will have 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 Office offers extra support for those who apply. It is also possible to hire a research coordinator from the Grants Office as project coordinator if the application will 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 will share her experiences during the seminar.

At the seminars we will also listen to LiU researchers Sara Liin, Ericka Johnsson and Feng Gao 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 will tell more 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 will of course share the latest information about the upcoming framework programme Horizon Europe.

In addition to this, just as in previous seminars, we will talk briefly about the support provided by the Grants Office. We will also give a demonstration of the funding database Reserach Professional, which contains calls from over 8000 national and international funders.

Hope to see you there! Information about venues and registration will be presented later.

Agenda Grants Office seminars 2020
09.30 Grants Office - What is our role?
09.40 Information about the upcoming European Framework Programme Horizon Europe
09.50 Coordination of collaborative research projects: Svjetlana Stekovic, Research Coordinator
10.10 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: Agneta Jansson, Research Coordinator
10.25 Coffee & Sandwich
10.45 ERC (European Research Council) Grants: Josefin Fernius, Research Coordinator
10.55 Wallenberg Foundations - Calls and Internal Procedures: Josefin Fernius, Research Coordinator
11.05 Experiences from Grantee
11.15 How to find suitable grants - Research Professional: Tove Kvarnström, Coordinator


webinar for those applying for a msca if

Are you planning to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship? On June 9, the Grants Office will host a webinar with important information and useful tips for making the most of your grant application. The webinar is led by Grants Office Research Coordinator Agneta Jansson, who has extensive experience in providing support for Marie Skłodowska-Curie applications.

Register for the webinar by emailing agneta.jansson@liu.se, 2nd of June the latest.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF-2020) is aimed for experienced researchers who are looking to give their career a boost by working abroad. It is possible to apply for a fellowship within, to and outside Europe. This year's call closes on the 9th of September.

Read more about MSCA IF on the European Commission's website:


LiU professor is one of four appointed wallenberg clinical scholars 2020

Håkan Olausson, professor at the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences (BKV), and Senior Consultant in clinical neurophysiology at Linköping University Hospital, has been appointed Wallenberg Clinical Scholar by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation for his revolutionary research on pain relief.

Wallenberg Clinical Scholars is a programme that aims to strengthen Swedish clinical research by means of identifying the best clinical researchers, providing them with good conditions to undertake their work, and facilitate the impact of research results in the scientific and healthcare communities.

This year, four clinically active researchers received this prestigious award, and LiU's Håkan Olausson is one of them. During a five years period, he will receive SEK 15 million, with the opportunity to extend this for an additional five years.

Find out more about Wallenberg Clinical Scholars, and the research conducted by Håkan Olausson and his group:


the EU commission grants giant investment on ai at liu

With the aim of increasing European cooperation in artificial intelligence (AI), the European Commission announced a call within Horizon 2020 last year to support the development of AI networks. Researchers at Linköping University chose to submit an application and was in March selected as one of the four grantees.

TAILOR (Foundations of Trustworthy AI - integrating learning, optimisation and reasoning) is a network of 55 partners from 20 countries and focuses on the scientific foundations of reliable artificial intelligence. The project is coordinated by Fredrik Heintz, Associate Professor at the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDA) at LiU. Fredrik Heintz is a member of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on AI and the director of the WASP (Wallenberg AI Autonomous Systems and Software Program) Graduate School. Find out more about TAILOR here:

In addition to TAILOR, three other AI networks were granted funding for a total value of EUR 50 million from the European Commission. This is part of a large strategic initiative from the EU Commission to increase the capacity for AI research in Europe.


participating administrator in prisma

As part of the Grants Office mission, we are responsible for LiU's organisation account in Prisma (The Swedish Research Council, Forte, Formas and the Swedish Institute for Educational Research´s application and case management system). This means, among other things, that we ensure that all departments are available in the system, and that the Heads of Departments and administrators have the eligibility to sign and report. We also act as a link between LiU and Prisma and can support all of you who use the system. Please contact us at prisma@liu.se. If you have content specific questions about a call, it is best to contact the funder directly. If you have technical problems, you should contact Prisma's technical support. However, never hesitate to contact us at prisma@liu.se.

In Prisma, it is possible to invite a so-called participating administrator in a grant application. A participating administrator can help applicants to fill in the application form (for example the budget). They are not part of the project. If the application is granted, the participating administrator will no longer have any connection to the grant. It is not mandatory from the funders perspective to include a participating administrator in the grant application.

However, your department may have specific procedures and guidelines for how and when administrators should be included in research applications. If you are unsure of what applies, please contact an administrator at your department.

Note that a participating researcher is something different. It is a researcher who will have a vital part in the project and will be part of the project if granted. Applicants decide whether they invite participating researchers or not.

Find out more about participants at the Prisma user manual:


eureka Inter-Cluster joint call on international innovation projects within ai

The clusters within the international innovation network EUREKA are for the first time joining up in a call for proposals focusing on artificial intelligence. The initiative is a unique opportunity for Swedish academia and industry to cooperate with leading international actors within many technology areas related to AI. Apply by the 15th of June 2020.

Find out more about the Eureka Clusters AI call and how to apply at the Vinnova webpage and on the official Eureka Clusters AI webpage:



New agenda for the Swedish aeronautics sector

Innovair is Sweden’s national strategic innovation programme for aeronautics. Operations are guided by a national strategic research and innovation agenda that is formulated and maintained jointly by the Swedish aerospace innovation players. Earlier this spring, the latest edition of this agenda was presented. Grants Office Research Coordinator Svjetlana Stekovic is a member of Innovair's working group. Contact Svjetlana (svjetlana.stekovic@liu.se) if you are interested in discussing the work of Innovair.



Wednesday 6 May
Grants Office Webinar for the Disability Research Division (AHV)

Tuesday 9 June
Online Workshop: Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions: Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF)
Register to attend by emailing to agneta.jansson@liu.se


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.

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: 2020-06-05