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Did you know that 2020 is the year with the largest budget within Horizon 2020, which is the European framework programme with the highest budget ever? So, there is still plenty of funding available before Horizon 2020 comes to an end. In this newsletter we take a closer look at the remaining calls. Remember to always contact us at Grants Office (grantsoffice@liu.se) if you are planning to apply.

Are you applying for a project or starting grant from the Swedish Research Council? Then we recommend that you attend one of our seminars in March:

When and Where: 5 March 2020, 08.30-11.00 at Campus Valla (TEMCAS, TEMA-house) (only a few seats left)
When and Where: 6 March 2020, 10.00-12.30 at Campus Norrköping (K21, Kåkenhus)

Find out more about the seminars below.

In early February, LiU was visited by Dr Seán McCarty, who gave a thorough overview of the EU's forthcoming framework programme Horizon Europe. During the workshop "Getting Ready for Horizon Europe" we got an overview of the proposed structure, focusing on what is new in relation to Horizon 2020. We also learned more about the formal processes for preparing a framework programme and the political, economic, social and technical issues that will influence its content. We were happy to see so many of you attending. We hope you appreciated the workshop as much as we did, and that it inspired you to apply for funding from Horizon Europe starting 2021.

We will of course inform about Horizon Europe during the year. If you want to stay updated, you can also read more on the European Commission website:



  • Attend our Grant Writing Seminar in March if you plan to apply for a VR-grant
  • Plenty of research funding left when Horizon 2020 comes to an end
  • Sweden´s largest individual research programme is coordinated by GO
  • Opportunities for funding and collaboration within Clean Sky 2
  • Sweden Brazil Innovation Initiative (SBII)
  • Apply for funding from Formas´ annual open call
  • 25% of the future research leaders are based at LiU
  • Mistra REES on IVA´s 100 list
  • Calendar
  • Calls for proposals


Attend our Grant Writing Seminar in March if you plan to apply for a VR-grant

This spring, the Grants Office will arrange seminars with useful information and advice for those applying for a project or starting grant from the Swedish Research Council. The seminars will be led by research coordinators Agneta Jansson and Josefin Fernius. Kirstin Kahl, financial officer at Grants Office, and Tove Kvarnström, supervisor for Prisma at LiU, will also be present.

During the seminar we will go through formalities and practical information required by VR, as well as provide you with useful advice on how to organise and formulate your application to VR. All researchers are welcome, whether you have applied for grants from the Swedish Research Council earlier or not.

When and Where: 5 March 2020, 08.30-11.00 at Campus Valla (TEMCAS, TEMA-house) (only a few seats left)
When and Where: 6 March 2020, 10.00-12.30 at Campus Norrköping (K21, Kåkenhus)


Plenty of research funding left when Horizon 2020 comes to an end

We are now at the last year of Horizon 2020, the current European framework programme for research and innovation. With a budget of €77 billion, Horizon 2020 is the largest framework programme ever, and this final year is the year with the largest budget (€13,5 billion). In other words, there are still plenty of funding opportunities left during this final year.

Within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, there are three remaining calls: Individual Fellowship (IF, deadline 9 September), Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE, deadline 28 April) and Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND, deadline 29 September).

The European Research Council (ERC) have two calls left this year: Advanced Grant (deadline 26 August) for researchers with a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years, and Proof of Concept (deadline 23 April and 17 September) for ERC grantees who want to establish proof of concept of an idea that was generated in the course of their ERC-funded projects.

The Grants Office will arrange workshops for those applying for an MSCA IF grant. Please contact the Grants Office (grantoffice@liu.se) for more information.

In addition to these so-called bottom-up research driven opportunities, where you as a researcher set the subject, focus will be on challenge driven calls on for example climate change, clean energy, cyber security and circular economy. In February, the Commission also launched a special call to support research into the new Coronavirus disease. Similar special calls may be presented during the year.

Our annual Grants Office Seminars will take place in June. We will have a focus on challenge driven funding opportunities for collaborative research projects where at least three organisations from different countries form a consortium. More information about the seminars will presented in due time.

Always contact Grants Office (grantsoffice@liu.se) if you intend to apply for a call within Horizon 2020.

All remaining calls within Horizon 2020 can be found at the Funding & Tenders Opportunities Portal. Also, you find them in our yearly summary of calls, which is available at the Grants Office webpage:


Sweden´s largest individual research programme is coordinated by GO

In addition to give support to researchers and other staff applying for research funding, the Grants Office staff can also be hired as coordinators in major research programmes and projects. For example, if you plan to coordinate an EU project, it is possible to allocate funds from the project budget for project coordination through the Grants Office. Contact us at Grants Office (grantsoffice@liu.se) for more information.

The largest programme we are involved in is WASP (Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program). With a budget of 5.5 billion SEK it is Sweden's largest individual research programme ever. The program office consists largely of staff hired from the Grants Office.

The focus of the research within WASP is artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and software development. 400 doctoral students are expected to do their dissertation at the WASP graduate school and a large number of international researchers are recruited.

Do you want to find out more about the research within WASP at LiU? Take a look at “The WASP Programme on Display” below from the visit by Sara Mazur, chair of the WASP programme, and Peter Wallenberg Jr, chair of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. They visited LiU in February to learn more about the research conducted within WASP, and to meet some of the PhD students and researchers involved in the programme.

Follow WASP in social media for more news from the programme:
LinkedIn WASP – Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program
Twitter @WASP_Research



Opportunities for funding and collaboration within Clean Sky 2

Clean Sky 2 is the largest European research programme developing innovative technologies to reduce CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircrafts. It is a Joint Undertaking of the European Commission and the European aeronautics industry funded by the Horizon 2020. The programme runs between 2014-2020 and represents a total budget of €4 billion over 7 years.

LiU coordinates two projects funded by Clean Sky 2: AddMan and DevTMF. The DevTMF project seeks to characterise thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) behavior of superalloys to allow for more accurate prediction of design lives of present and future gas turbine components. The AddMan project focuses on innovative re-design and validation of an airframe component formed by additive manufacturing for weight and cost reduction. Both projects are coordinated by the Division of Engineering Materials at IEI. Research coordinator Svjetlana Stekovic from the Grants Office participates both as manager and coordinator in these two projects. At the Grants Office seminars in June, Svjetlana will talk about her experiences of applying for and managing EU-funded collaborative research projects.

In January, representatives from several European regions came together in Brussels to discuss interregional collaboration related to the Clean Sky programme. Svjetlana Stekovic from Grants Office represented Östergötland, together with Peter Larsson and Thomas Högman from Region Östergötland and Göran Berlemo from Aerospace Cluster Sweden.

Please contact grantsoffice@liu.se if you are interested in applying for a call within Clean Sky 2.

For more information about Clean Sky 2, and the funded projects at LiU, please visit:


Sweden Brazil Innovation Initiative (SBII)

The Sweden Brazil Innovation Initiative (SBII) SBII is a platform created to support long-term partnership through innovation and collaboration between Sweden and Brazil, by involving academia, industry and the public sector of both countries. SBII was initiated by Vinnova, with RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and CISB (Swedish-Brazilian Research and Innovation Centre) as partners.

Follow the link to get informed on opportunities, seminars and calls for proposals within the scope of strategic collaboration between Sweden and Brazil:

Please contact LiU´s international coordinator for Brazil, Angela Sanseverino (angela.sanseverino@liu.se) for more information.


Apply for funding from Formas´ annual open call

Formas´ annual open call are now open for applications. Formas will arrange webinars on the 3rd and 6th of March, for those applying:

Monday 3 March 13.00 pm: For early-career researchers
Friday 6 March 10.00 am: Annual open call 2020

Mobility grants for early-career researchers, which were previously part of our annual open call, will have their own call, with two application deadlines per year. More information about the call for mobility grants will be available in the spring.


25% of the future research leaders are based at LiU

Earlier this spring, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research selected 20 young researchers as Future Research Leaders. Five of them are active at LiU.
Emil Björnson, Feng Gao, Eric Glowacki, Eleni Stavrinidou and Klas Tybrandt receives SEK 12 million each for 5 years. They also get the opportunity to participate in a leadership programme.

Find out more at liu.se:


Mistra rees on iva´s 100 list

This week, The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) released its annual 100 list, presenting current research projects from Sweden's universities with great potential to be turned into business. This year´s theme was sustainability.

On the list, there is seven research projects and programmes at LiU. One of these programmes is Mistra REES, in which Theresa Apelqvist from Grants Office is hired as project coordinator. Mistra REES is coordinated by LiU and is led by professor Mattias Lindahl at the Department of Management and Engineering (IEI).

The vision of the programme is to advance the transition of the Swedish manufacturing industry towards a circular and sustainable economy.

Read more about Mistra REES:


The 100 list can be found here:




Thursday 5 March
Seminar: Swedish Research Council call 2020
TEMCAS, TEMA-House, Campus Valla
Register by 4 March

Friday 6 March
Seminar: Swedish Research Council call 2020
K21, Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping
Register by 4 March

Tuesday 17 March
Meet Grants Office at the Welcome Fair for new international staff
Colosseum, C-house, Campus Valla

Tuesday 24 March
Grants Office in your Coffee Room at IFM
Coffee Room Zenit

Please contact grantsoffice@liu.se to set up a visit/seminar at your division or department.


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: 2020-05-04