On this page you will find a selection of funding opportunities and activities related to sustainable development at local, regional and international level.
Calls and activities
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- Lund University internal calls and activities
- National calls and activities
- International calls and activities
Call for applications for funds to develop commissioned education courses
Deadline: 15 October
The University is carrying out a strategic initiative to strengthen and develop commissioned education at Lund University. The idea is to stimulate more collaborations with companies, public authorities and organisations regarding their needs for professional development. To support organisations within LU in developing new commissioned education courses, the University is calling for applications for funds of SEK 150 000 for a six-month period per concept. Apply for funds to develop staff training courses for companies, public authorities and organisations and courses needed for labour market and aid policy reasons (in accordance with the Ordinance on Contract Education at Higher Education Institutions) and all forms of commissioned education (see open courses, tailored courses).
International projects to accelerate energy conversion through heating and cooling
Deadline: 4 October
Sustainable heating and cooling is a key to accelerating the pace of change and meeting the global goals of sustainable development. You can now apply for support within ERA-NET Geothermica and JPP Smart Energy Systems (SES) and to build international consortia that through research and innovation explore how heat and cold can contribute to energy conversion. At least three independent and approved project partners from at least two countries. Project duration may not exceed 3 years.
Support for innovation clusters for a sustainable and bio-based society
Deadline: 12 October
To accelerate the transition to a sustainable and bio-based society, the Swedish Energy Agency is announcing approximately SEK 10 million for the establishment of innovation clusters. The call is aimed at actors who can effectively coordinate the innovation cluster.
Planned calls for proposals 2021
Urgent call 2021
Deadline: 28 Oct
You may apply for funding for an urgent need to ensure future availability of data or other research material in the event of an unforeseen event.
Communication call 2021-2
Deadline: 10 November
Formas has earmarked a total of 20 million kronor to fund communication projects about sustainable development research. The purpose is to support projects that communicate and popularise sustainable development research so that the results can have a real-world impact in society. The projects must be related to one of Formas’ areas of responsibility – environment, agricultural sciences or spatial planning – and must contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Agenda 2030. You can apply for a grant for projects that run for up to 36 months. The maximum funding for a project is 1.8 million kronor.
Knowledge for a socially sustainable housing supply
Opens: 3 November, Deadline: 5 January 2022
Housing issues have been receiving attention for a long time and during the summer of 2021, the issue has been at the center of political development. There is a need for more knowledge on issues relating to socially sustainable housing. During the autumn, we will open a call for knowledge overviews that can contribute to developing Sweden's social housing policy.
Tandem Forest Values 3 – Sustainable value chains from forest raw material
Opens: 6 October, Deadline: 1 December 2021
Together with the Academy of Finland, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland, the Ministry of the Environment of Finland and the Walter Ahlström Foundation, Formas launches a new targeted call for research within the bilateral program Tandem Forest Values. The call aims to support research about new possibilities to use forest raw material for future and more sustainable value chains. The research should focus on ways to maximize the added value in bio-based and wood products, and to stimulate new potential value chains that can strengthen job creation and rural development, and establish Sweden and Finland as global front-runners in the produce and export of truly sustainable wood products.
ERA-Net ICRAD: One Health Approach to Zoonoses Research and Innovation
Opens: 1 Oct, Deadline: 15 December
This is the second transnational collaborative research call of the ERA-Net International Coordination of Research on Infectious Animal Diseases (ICRAD). The overall goal of ICRAD is to support cross-cutting research and innovation to better understand zoonoses focusing on the animal-human-environment interface and to develop novel vaccine and diagnostics technology platforms to improve animal health and by consequence animal welfare. The objective of this second call is to increase preparedness and improve the ability to respond to (re)-emerging zoonotic disease threats and contribute to improved animal and public health.
Future calls for proposals
Conference Grant 2021
Deadline: 30 September (on 1 October the call for 2022 opens)
The grant relates to financial support for holding conferences hosted by a Swedish institution of higher education or scientific/scholarly organisation. The financial support is primarily intended for national conferences held in Sweden, which are however encouraged to have international elements. The intention is to facilitate contacts and exchange of experience between Swedish and foreign researchers, to add knowledge from the international research community to Swedish research, and to contribute to the dissemination of Swedish research internationally. The maximum grant amount is SEK 300,000. This is an organisational call for applications.
Biodiversity and the Financial System
Deadline: 20 December 2021 at 16.00
The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) invites research groups, jointly with the finance industry, other businesses, civil society organizations, the public sector and other stakeholders, to submit proposals for a new research programme. The purpose of the call is to investigate how research and innovation can support the alignment of biodiversity’s needs with the financial system. In line with Mistra’s statutes, the research programme shall be of strategic environmental importance.
The proposed research programme is expected to deliver on the overall aim on the call by addressing a selection of the below focus areas. All areas can be included, but this is not a requirement, and additional perspectives can be integrated.
- Biodiversity markets
- Integrating biodiversity into finance
- Building biodiversity into asset profiles
- Quantifying biodiversity
- Governing market-based approaches
Co-funding with at least an additional 10% from private sector/industrial partners is required. Mistra has a new model for funding of indirect costs from 2021-09-15.
A sustainable blue economy for Sweden
Opens: oktober 2021
In October, Mistra plans to open the call A sustainable blue economy for Sweden. The purpose of a future research program is to support the transition to a blue economy with a focus on improved environmental conditions and increased resilience in Swedish marine areas. Mistra will finance the program with SEK 50 million over a four-year period.
Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK)
Nordic Research Funding Initiative on Sexual Harassment at work
Deadline: 7 October
Spanning 2021-2023, NIKK is administering a research initiative on sexual harassment in the workplace on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The initiative is especially focused on prevention and methods for intervention through industry studies and comparative studies of different industries. There will be two calls for research funding. The second call is aimed at researchers and practitioners who intend to initiate practice-based research activities in collaboration. This call focuses mainly on preventative measures and methods for intervention through industry studies and comparative studies of different industries. The proposals are to be developed in partnership between several Nordic countries.
Information Meeting planned for 2 September 2021.
Planning grant for Scanian applications to Horizon Europe
Opens: 15 August, and is open on an ongoing basis with the exception of summer and Christmas holidays, during 2021-2022.
Region Skåne is launching a planning grant ("EU-card") to support the participation of more Skåne actors in the EU's research and innovation program Horizon Europe. The planning support is directed at projects that lead to increased collaborative research within Horizon Europe and the part of the program that addresses "Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness". The target group for the planning grant is small and medium-sized enterprises and non-profit actors (including HEI) operating within the region's borders. Maximum amount to apply for: 100 000 SEK (co-financing of 25 % from HEI). It will be a two-step process: (1) registration of interest, (2) send in full application to Tillväxtverket.
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)
Research Initiation 2021
Deadline: Funding decisions are made by RJ's Executive committee 6–8 times a year. For this reason, there are no set dates for when decisions are made.
RJ Research Initiation is intended to initiate activities that will in some way result in new research in the humanities and social sciences. As such, RJ Research Initiation is intended to support arranging different types of scholarly meetings, such as conferences, seminars and workshops, and the creation of new research networks through scholarly meetings. The minimum application amount is SEK 50,000.
Stiftelsen Skogssällskapet call for applications
Deadline: 11 October 2021 (stage 1), 17 January 2022 (stage 2)
Stiftelsen Skogssällskapet primarily provides funding for needs-motivated research in forest management and nature conservation. The foundation’s interpretation of the concept ‘forest management’ is management that treats forest as a renewable resource in a way that ensures the forest’s long-term production capacity. The foundation’s interpretation of the concept ‘nature conservation’ with links to forest and use of forest involves ensuring its ecological, social, and aesthetic values. When applications for this year's funding are considered, collaborative projects involving different universities/research institutes and countries (i.e. Sverige and Finland) will be viewed favourably.
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Announcement of funds for research programs - Multifunctionality in the landscape - paths to change
Deadline: Step 1 - 15 October, Step 2 opens in December and closes 15 February 2022
With this call, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Swedish Agency Marine and Water Management want to support a research program that studies how collaboration according to the ecosystem approach can be realized on a broad front in different landscapes.
The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SFF)
SSF invests SEK 200 million in software development in SSF Future Software Systems!
Deadline: 11 October
Digitization is as socially revolutionary as industrialization has ever been. When huge amounts of data are to be processed into useful information, in an ever shorter time and closer to the user, a powerful digital infrastructure is required. But for that, new and innovative software is needed.
The Swedish National Space Agency
Support for future scientific space projects
Applications are processed on an ongoing basis.
This standing call is aimed at researchers in Sweden who are about to get deeply involved in preparations for and proposals for all or parts of future international space research projects. This is often done through participation in an international consortium of scientists (hereinafter referred to as "the consortium") who jointly produce a proposal for a space project or a scientific instrument for space flight. Parts of this call may also be suitable for scientists preparing to participate in projects within the Elips program and at the International Space Station.
The Swedish Research Council (VR)
35 calls in the pipeline for 2021!
Many of the calls are recurrent, e.g. the international postdoc grant, but some changes have been made. Some calls are being issued for the first time, for example a call for multisectoral graduate schools in development research, and a grant for investment in existing research infrastructure.
Promote Swedish participation in Horizon Europe - Sustainable Industry
Deadline (several occasions): 15 Oct, 30 Nov 2021
Vinnova finance planning projects for Swedish actors so that they can turn their project ideas into competitive applications for the Horizon Europe's work program. Project results are expected to contribute to one or more of Sustainable Industry's long-term impact goals: Climate-neutral and circular production, Resource-efficient and resilient value chains, Global competitiveness and A socially sustainable industry. Stakeholder constellations must consist of at least three Swedish project partners, of which at least one company.
Preparation projects for international application within health 2021
Deadline: 5 October
Funding can be applied for to develop the scientific or technical base of the project and to strengthen the project´s business acumen. Activities to strengthen the consortium´s composition and collaboration, such as meetings and discussions with potential international parties, can also be funded. However, external help for writing the proposal itself is not funded.
Strategic innovation program Drive Sweden: Innovations for sustainable, safe and accessible mobility for people and goods - 2021
Deadline: 2 Nov
Do you have an idea that is focused on the transport policy goals for sustainability and resource efficiency? Does your idea also address how connectivity, sharing and automation can contribute to more environmentally friendly and efficient transport systems? In this the offer, we fund the project that will contribute to the smart mobility of people and goods of the future.
Swelife and Medtech4Health - Collaborative projects for better health autumn 2021
Deadline: 24 Nov
The goal is to promote renewal and innovation for a more value-creating healthcare and increase growth in the life science sector in Sweden. Innovation project in collaboration with great potential to contribute to improved prevention, diagnosis, monitoring or treatment. There must be a significant need and demand for the solution from the end user. Actors from healthcare, companies, academia, research institutes and actors in the idea-driven sector. The project consortium must consist of at least three parties from at least two different categories of actors. Up to SEK 3 million per project, but a maximum of 50 percent of the project´s budget.
Mobility for innovation, learning and knowledge exchange 2021
Deadline: 5 Oct
Vinnova offers funding to give people active in research and innovation the opportunity to work in an organization other than their current one. The purpose is to strengthen contacts, insights and collaboration as well as competence, knowledge and experience exchanges between organizations through a stay in another organization.
Sustainable production - FFI
Opens: 19 October, Deadline: 7 December
With this the offer we want to support the project that helps to produce vehicles, powertrains and components in a sustainable process. The goal of the investment is to contribute to new innovations and research results that enable the manufacture of new vehicle solutions with minimized environmental impact. The offer is part of the Vehicle Strategic research and innovation (FFI) program.
Solutions for faster transition to sustainable transport infrastructure
Opens: 2 November 2021, Deadline: 2 February 2022
We finance innovation projects that accelerate the development of sustainable transport infrastructure. Project that is applied for should contribute to it and can be about everything from planning, construction and construction to management.
Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation (MAW) & Marianne and Marcus Wallenbergs Foundation (MMW): Project grants and special grants aimed at a sustainable society
Opens: 1 March, Deadline: 1 April 2022 (internal deadline LU: 5 January 2022)
The Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation and the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Memorial Fund are announcing funding for projects with high scientific potential. The foundations' announcements include regular projects as well as applications within the foundations' targeted grants to a sustainable society. Projects within the targeted call must be located in the borderland between ecology, economics and other social sciences with the aim of expanding the understanding of the interplay between ecology, climate and social and economic development in relation to a long-term sustainable society.
BiodivERsa & NetworkNature: Nature-based solutions
Deadline: 4 October
NetworkNature is currently collecting stakeholder-driven knowledge gaps on Nature-based Solutions to contribute to the development of a roadmap for EU Research and Innovation on NbS and inform European R&I programming efforts. BiodivERsA and NetworkNature invite you to complete a survey to bring NbS knowledge gaps to the attention of major EU Research and Innovation programmers. In addition, respondents will receive a synthetic analysis of gaps collected, including how these relate to the existing European R&I landscape on NbS.
Call for Erasmus+ Ineternational Credit Mobility (ICM) - 2022-2025 project proposals
Deadline: 11 October 2021
Lund University has the opportunity to apply for funding from the EU programme Erasmus+ Inter-national Credit Mobility (ICM) to send and receive students and staff from selected partner universities outside of EU/EEA during a three-year project period. Departments/units within Lund University can suggest mobility projects that include student and/or staff mobility.
Webinars on centralised Erasmus+ programmes with partners outside of the EU/EEA
UHR informs about news in the programmes and higher education institutions present their projects and experiences of applying to and participating in projects:
- Information meeting about Erasmus Mundus (EMJM and EMDM)
Thursday 21 October, 10:00 – 12:30 hours
More information and registration link (in Swedish)
- Information meeting about Capacity Building (CBHE)
Thursday 28 October, 10:00 – 12:30 hours
More information and registration link (in Swedish)
- Information meeting Jean Monnet (JM)
Thursday 18 November, 10:00 – 11:00 hours
More information and registration link (in Swedish)
Parts of the events will be in English.
European Biodiversity Partnership: Supporting the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems across land and sea
Opens: 5 October, Deadline: 30 November
The European Biodiversity Partnership under Horizon Europe will launch its first transnational joint research call on “Supporting the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems across land and sea”. This call will cover the following three non-exclusive themes:
- Knowledge for identifying priority conservation areas, establishing effective and resilient ecological networks, enhancing species-based protection and preserving genetic diversity,
- Multiple benefits and costs of biodiversity and ecosystem protection: synergies and trade-offs,
- Effective management and equitable governance to deliver bold conservation outcomes.
Information webinar for potential applicants
Date: 12 October, from 11.00 to 12.30 CEST.
Registration will open in September.
LU: EU funding for beginners
Date: 29 September
Research Services is pleased to invite you to ‘EU funding for beginners’, a webinar aimed at researchers who are new to European research funding. At this interactive webinar, expert staff from Research Services will present the opportunities available through Horizon Europe, the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and how to apply for funds, covering topics such as:
- What is Horizon Europe?
- What is a work programme, and how do I find relevant funding calls for me?
- Why apply for European funding?
- What support is available for my application?
- How do I use the EU’s online application portal?
The European Commission: Publication of the Horizon Europe first Work programme
The EC recently published the Horizon Europe 2021-2022 Work programme.
Pillar II, clusters:
- Culture, creativity and inclusive Society
- Civil Security for Society
- Digital, Industry and Space
- Climate, Energy and Mobility
- Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment
European University Association provide information on third-country participation, updates to rules for participation, other work programmes under Horizon Europe and Info-Days.
National Contact Points (NCP) are responsible for informing about calls and events, and for answering questions relating to their respective areas of responsibility within Horizon Europe.
ERC deadlines 2022
Synergy Grant 2022: 10/11/2021
Starting Grant 2022: 13/01/2022
Proof of Concept 2022:15/02/2022; 19/05/2022; 29/09/2022
Consolidator Grant 2022: 17/03/2022
Advanced Grant 2022: 28/04/2022
LU: ERC Starting Grant workshop
Date: 28 September
Research Services invites you to our ERC Starting Grants workshop. The workshop is open to researchers who are planning to apply for an ERC Starting Grant (StG) with Lund University as their host institution. The workshop is run by Yellow Research, a consultancy firm with extensive experience in running ERC workshops and in pre-submission review of ERC Grants.
Apart from the ERC workshop on 28 September, Research Services will arrange two connected events with the aim of giving ERC StG applicants an extra boost in the 2022 call.
LU: ERC Consolidator Grant workshop
Date: 26 October
Research Services invites you to a Consolidator Grants workshop. The workshop is run by Yellow Research, a consultancy firm with extensive experience in running ERC workshops and in pre-submission review of ERC Grants.
Opportunities for individual consultations with the Yellow Research consultant will be offered in the days following the workshop.
MSCA - Calls 2021 (preliminary deadlines)
Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF): Deadline: 12 October 2021, call expected to open 22 June 2021.
Doctoral Networks (DN). Deadline 16 November 2021, call expected to open 22 June 2021.
Staff Exchanges (SE). Deadline 9 March 2022, call expected to open 7 October 2021.
COFUND. Deadline: 10 February 2022, call expected to open 12 October 2021.
Humbolt Scholarships for Post-Doctoral Training on Sustainable Development in Germany (all areas)
A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows you to carry out long-term research (6-24 months) in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research. Researchers from outside Germany at the beginning of their academic career with a completed doctorate in the last four years may apply.
Further information at humboldt-foundation.de
Joint Seed funding of Japan-Sweden collaborative projects
Deadline: 1 November
MIRAI 2.0 is a collaboration between Swedish and Japanese universities with the purpose to promote academic collaborations, but also contacts with financiers, authorities, industry, and more. To strengthen collaboration between Japan and Sweden in research, education, and innovation, MIRAI2.0 is launching a call for seed funding to support promising collaborative initiatives. The objective is to encourage further development of existing and new collaborations between MIRAI2.0 member universities based on innovative projects and new ideas. Researchers from MIRAI2.0 member universities will be able to jointly suggest a project in their field that has the potential to lead to e.g. externally funded research, jointly authored papers, larger scale collaborations, joint programs, short course for PhD and Post-Docs etc.
Japan-Nordic Frontier Research Projects for Healthy Longevity
Deadline: 7 October
NordForsk is issuing a call for proposals on Japan–Nordic collaborations on health data research. The call has a total budget of approximately NOK 25 million. The aim of the call is to generate new knowledge on healthy ageing and longevity through Japan-Nordic research collaboration. The thematic framework includes fundamental, translational/basic clinical and epidemiological research on populations in the Nordic countries and Japan.
Novo Nordisk Foundation
Challenge Programme 2022 - Recycling for a Sustainable Society
Deadline: 27 October
The purpose of the NNF Challenge Programme is to make substantial contribution to the development and strengthening of the Danish research environment, within research aimed to solve major challenges in global health, technology and sustainability. The Challenge Programme supports excellent researchers, that will establish and collaborate in a dynamic centre structure with a unifying vision and mission. The Programme provides long-term funding to enable scientific depth and focus and facilitate synergy between the research partners. The Challenge Programme supports excellent research leaders from 2-4 groups (main applicant plus 1-3 co-applicants). The programme leader should be at least 75% employed at a Danish university, hospital or other non-profit research organization, that will be considered the host institution of the project. The research institutions of the co-applicants can be located in Denmark or abroad. The co-applicants should contribute significantly to the advancement of the project and should receive part of the funding. Each Challenge Programme application can request funding for up to approximately DKK 10 million per year for up to 6 years, for a total budget of DKK 30-60 million.
The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT)
Deadline: 5 November
The purpose of STINT’s activity is to strengthen the competitiveness of Swedish universities and colleges through the development of international relationships. The internationalisation of higher education and research is mainly based on concerted, long-term efforts. Sometimes however, it is important to be able to act quickly when the opportunity arises. STINT offers Initiation Grants for this purpose. Initiation grants are given for the implementation of short-term projects targeting the building of new and strategically interesting international relationships.
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