Funding opportunities

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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Information meeting: research programme for excellence

Date: 10 March at 3-4 pm

Lund University commits up to 100 MSEK in support of research programmes for excellence at the university, focusing on Agenda 2030 and sustainable development. Now Pro Vice-Chancellor Per Mickwitz invites LU staffmembers to an information meeting concerning the call and programme.

One part of this sum is intended to increase the number of PhD positions connected to the graduate school Agenda 2030, and another part is earmarked for post-doctoral positions within various cross-disciplinary projects. The purpose of the programme is that Lund University shall attain international excellence in research. 

The meeting will be held in English (but questions in Swedish are welcome) over Zoom.  Note that the last day to register is 8 March.

Read more on Staff Pages 

Lund University: Cross-disciplinary project call - Post-doctoral positions

Opens: 16 March, Deadline: 7 May 2021
The call is aimed at post-doctoral positions within various cross-disciplinary projects. The projects are not merely intended to be platforms for the post doc´s career development, but shall also constitute a base for national and European research funding applications and for future excellence centres.
Potential projects are to be proposed by researchers at Lund University. A project must involve a minimum of three faculties. A ranking will be implemented by an external evaluation panel.
Overall time plan

  • 10 March 2021: Information meeting
  • 16 March: Call is published and distributed
  • 7 May: Application deadline
  • 24 June: Vice-Chancellor’s decision on funding
  • 30 August: Call for all PhD and post-doctoral positions open, about 20 positions in total.

More information will be provided shortly. 

Lund University: Call for applications for funds to develop commissioned education courses

Deadline: 15 April 2021
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. Next call will open in the autumn 2021. 

Call text at

Lund Univerisity Research Conference: Knowledge for Sustainable Development

Date: 4 May 2021
Lund University invites to its first official research conference on sustainable development. This conference is aimed at all researchers at Lund University who want to increase their knowledge about the challenges that lie ahead, learn how their research can contribute to change, and strengthen their contacts with researchers from other disciplines. 

Call for abstract, deadline 21 March -

Read about the conference -

SMHI: Participate in an expert review of the IPCC's interim report on Limiting Climate Change

Deadline: 7 March 
"Limiting climate change" is one of three final sub-reports in the sixth work program, AR6, for the UN IPCC Climate Panel. From 18 January to 14 March 2021, the second draft of this interim report will be available for expert review. Experts need to register their interest, which will be possible until March 7. It is not necessary to comment on the entire material. As an expert, you are welcome to focus on the parts in which you have the deepest knowledge.

All information needed to participate in the expert review at (in Swedish)

Viable Cities: ENUTC - Urban adaptation capacity for sustainable urban development

Deadline project outline: April 15, 2021
Deadline complete application: 23 Sep 2021
You can now apply for support within the ERA-NET Cofund Urban Transformation Capacities (ENUTC) to build European consortia that explore how research and innovation in urban transformation processes can contribute to sustainable urban development. At least 3 parties from 3 different countries. This call welcomes researchers, municipalities, companies, civil society and other relevant stakeholders to apply for funding for projects in the following areas:

  • Urban circular economy
  • Population-based development and urban ecosystems for innovation
  • Robust and resilient urban infrastructure and built environment

Call text on (in Swedish)

Matchmaking platform in ERA-NET Cofund Urban Transformation Capacities is now open

This open call for project proposals on urban transformation capacities offers opportunities to find and connect with consortia partners from different countries and sectors. In the matchmaking platform B2Match you can create a profile and use the search function to look for suitable consortia partners for a joint application. The platform offers a meeting scheduling function so that you can send meeting requests and have 1:1 meetings directly in the platform between 26 Feb and 15 April. 

Register in the matchmaking platform at

Matchmaking event and intro to the open matchmaking platform on 9 March

Date: 9 March
In the matchmaking event, participants are invited to learn about the call and hear good advice for the application process from JPI Urban Europe projects. The event provides an opportunity for a networking activity and guidance in the B2Match tool. We recommend that participants to this meeting have created a profile in B2Match prior to joining this event.  

Register to the matchmaking event at

Energy Agency: ForestValue Era-net cofund - ForestValue utlysning 2021

Deadline: 13 April 2021
The call aims to support international cooperation on how the forest, the use of the forest and forest raw materials can best contribute to the UN's global sustainability goals. Both basic and applied research are welcomed. The call is part of the European collaboration ERA-NET ForestValue and is carried out in collaboration with Vinnova and Formas. At least 3 parties from 3 different countries. Projects in the following areas are welcome:

  • Sustainable and multifunctional use and management of forests.
  • Construction with wood from different perspectives.
  • Analyzes of benefits, synergies and trade-offs when using forest biomass.

Call text on (in Swedish)

Energy Agency: Competence center for a sustainable energy system

Deadline: 31 May 2021
Our energy system is facing major changes, which places new demands on its players and the knowledge and skills that will be needed for the transition. By forming a competence center, you can contribute to increasing collaboration, relevance in energy research and a faster implementation of the results. At the same time, you are training a new generation of researchers with deep knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of the energy transition.

The call text on (in Swedish)

Formas: Planned calls for proposals 2021

Overview - planned calls for proposals 2021 at

Formas: The Food Research Days 2021

Date: 15-16 April 2021
For two half days the Swedish Research Council Formas and the National Research Program for Food invite you to a digital event for actors in the Swedish food system. The annual event is a meeting place, a dialogue forum and a platform for disseminating new knowledge and research results. Together, we strengthen the conditions for collaboration and innovation on the road to a sustainable and competitive food system.

Read more at (in Swedish)

Formas: Mobility grants for early-career researchers

Open: 9 March, Deadline: 14 April 2021
When researchers move between different research environments, they disseminate their knowledge while learning new tools and methods, discovering new directions for their research and expanding their networks. For early-career researchers, such experiences are especially valuable. On an overall level, researcher mobility contributes to the creation of dynamic research environments that carry out high-quality research.

Call text on

Formas: The role of Swedish forests in the climate transition

Deadline: 20 April 2021
Research project that provide in-depth knowledge about the use of Swedish forests from the perspective of climate change and sustainability. Applications should be multidisciplinary and include multiple perspectives. You can apply for a maximum of SEK 16 million for one project. The call has a total budget of SEK 140 million.

The call text at

Formas: Rural and regional development

Open: 17 March, Deadline: 22 April
More knowledge is needed about the conditions for people to be able to live and work in a sustainable way throughout the country. Research-based knowledge development can strengthen and clarify the regions and rural areas conditions for contributing to sustainable development. In the long run, such knowledge development leads to strengthened opportunities for promoting business development and employment, but also to increased knowledge about gender equality and other social perspectives linked to rural development and regional development.

Call text at (in Swedish)

Formas & Vinnova: Climate adaptation of the built environment

Open: 31 March, Deadline: 19 May 2021
This call is part of a joint call between Formas and Vinnova within the framework of the national research programmes for sustainable spatial planning and for climate. The joint call consists of two separate calls where it is possible to apply for up to 4-year research projects via Formas and for 2-year innovation projects at Vinnova.

Call text at
Call text at

Vinnova: Design coworking and hybrid work for the public sector

Deadline, drafts of proposals: 15 March, Deadline, full proposal: 30 April
Develop, execute and test a sustainable concept for coworking in and for the public sector, including offering suitable spaces, as well as creating learning about hybrid work in the public sector.

Call text at

Vinnova: AI in the service of the climate 2

Open: March 2021
The offer is aimed at those of you who want to carry out the project which, with the help of artificial intelligence (AI), contributes to Sweden by 2045 have no net greenhouse gas emissions. The call is a joint effort by Vinnova, Formas, the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Space Agency within the national research program on climate, with an international assessment group.

Call text at

Lund University internal infrastructure funding: call open 

Deadline: 31 March 2021, at 9 am
The annual call regarding funding of LU internal infrastructure is now open. This call, managed by the university-wide Research Board, focuses on strategically important and cross-disciplinary research environments. 

Applications are to be sent to ansokan [at] fs [dot] lu [dot] se

Questions are to be directed to Johanna Mellgren (johanna [dot] mellgren [at] fs [dot] lu [dot] se).

Call text on (in Swedish)

The Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies call: Advanced Study Group 2021-2022

Deadline: 10 May 2021
Employees at Lund University are hereby invited to suggest scientific problem areas, suitable for work in an Advanced Study Group (ASG) at the Pufendorf IAS.This call invites applications for autumn 2021 - spring 2022. An ASG gathers a group of researchers from different disciplines around a shared research problem.

The call text for ASG at

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. 

All upcoming calls are available at

VR: Research environment grant interdisciplinary research

Deadline: 17 March
The purpose of the Research environment grant Interdisciplinary research is to give research groups the possibility to develop interdisciplinary research and research environments where new ground breaking knowledge can be expected. The support is long-term and is primarily intended for new interdisciplinary research constellations consisting of researchers from genuinely different scientific fields.

The call text on

VR: Network grant for international collaboration - Swedish Research Links

Opens: 10 March, Deadline: 13 April
The purpose of the network grant Swedish Research Links is to establish a network around a specific research idea, aimed at a joint research project. The grant shall support the development of long-term joint research between Swedish researchers and researchers from low income countries and lower middle income countries.

Call text at

Forte: Social and Cultural Dynamics in the Digital Age

Opens: March 2021
In March a call will open from CHANSE (Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe) for international research projects on the interplay between digitization and socio-cultural processes. Focus for the call “Transformations: Social and Cultural Dynamics in the Digital Age” is the ongoing digitalisation of society. It can lead to economic progress and new opportunities, but also raise anxiety and feelings of insecurity. The project team should be composed of at least four Principal Investigators, i.e. partners, from four or more different countries participating in the call. Recommended cap on funding is 1 500 000 EUR per project.

Information on the upcoming call at

Forte: Challenges of Working Life 2021

Opens: 4 March
The Swedish labour market is facing major challenges in the coming years. The pandemic has made these particularly clear. In this call for applications, Forte is requesting that applicants focus on one of the following sub-challenges:

  • Ensuring a well-functioning labour market in times of structural change
  • Increasing the inclusion of under-represented groups in working life
  • Reducing the incidence of threats, violence and harassment in the workplace
  • Creating the conditions that make it possible to work throughout one’s professional life

Information on the upcoming call at

Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research call for proposal on research projects: Biotechology and plant breeding - food, feed and forest products

Deadline: 16 March 2021
SSF is investing SEK 120 million to increase Swedish self-sufficiency and food exports and at the same time reduce climate impact. Four interdisciplinary projects with clear plant breeding strategies, in the areas of food, feed and forest products are funded. The research must be at the forefront and be of strategic importance to Swedish society and industry.

The call text on

Mistra Innovation: Call 2

Deadline: 12 April 2021
Mistra Innovation 23 (MI23) invites small and medium-sized Swedish companies to submit an application for research projects together with academic research organizations. The projects must contribute to solving environmental problems and contribute to sustainable development in society.

Call text on (in Swedish)

ERC: Call dates

Starting Grant (25 Feb-8 April)

Starting grant is aimed at you who are at the beginning of your career and have completed a doctorate 2-7 years ago. You can apply for grants of up to EUR 1.5 million for a maximum period of 5 years.

Consolidator Grant (11 March-20 April)

Consolidator grant is aimed at those of you who have recently started a research group and want to strengthen your role as a research leader (7-12 years after completing a doctoral degree). You can apply for grants of up to EUR 2 million for a maximum period of 5 years.

Advanced Grant (20 May-21 Aug)

Advanced grant is aimed at you who are an established researcher. You can apply for grants of up to 2.5 million euros for a maximum period of 5 years.

Read more about the calls on

ERC instruction videos available for you who plan to apply for grants at

Contact Research Services at LU for support and tips in the application process -

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.
Deadline: anytime
Further information at