Applications for grants for scientific research and education shall be submitted at the beginning of February. Notification of the successful applicants is given in June.

The Craaford Foundation invites applications for support primarily for one-year research projects. Some of the funds that the Foundation has at its disposal may be granted for more long-term support in accordance with B (below).

The Foundation particularly welcomes young applicants at the start of their career but may also grant funding to more senior researchers. The projects for which applications are made should be of high scientific quality.

Applications must be completed via our website and submitted electronically. Applications submitted by telefax, post or email will not be considered.

You can only submit one application. However, you can be both the main applicant and co-applicant.

Applications must be submitted electronically and must have arrived at the Foundation by 4 pm on Thursday 2 February 2017 at the latest.

Research grants are awarded to applicants at Lund University, Linnaeus University, Malmö University, Kristianstad University College, the University of Halmstad, Blekinge Institute of Technology, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at Alnarp.

A. One-year research grants

The Foundation will grant one-year research funding of, in general, up to SEK 500,000. The Foundation supports research projects by granting funding for equipment, running costs, technical personnel, post-doctoral researchers, conference trips (with active participation), publication costs, research exchanges and research visits. Funding for printing costs may also be granted (particularly for the humanities and social sciences), although only for direct and indirect costs for publication in peer-reviewed media. Funding can also be for the planning of larger project applications or research programmes with national/international participants but coordinated within the Foundation's area of activities. Funding can be granted for arranging high-quality conferences at an applicant’s home college/university.

Funding for an applicant’s own salary will not be granted, with one exception: Short-term salary grants can be approved for younger researchers in the humanities and social sciences for the purpose of planning larger research projects/project applications.

An applicant can be granted repeated funding (usually not more than three consecutive years) but the Foundation may give priority to new applicants. Applications not fulfilling the above requirements will not be considered.

B. Funding for two to four-year research projects

Funding will primarily be granted to projects covering two years, but with a possible extension of a further two years.

The Foundation welcomes applications for up to SEK 1 million per annum for the financing of, for example, running costs, minor equipment, costs for post-doctoral or guest researchers from other universities/countries, other costs related to own project, and for technical staff. Partial funding of PhD position(s) and grants for postgraduate studies can also be applied for. In such cases, funding is only provided for costs directly related to research activities within the project.

For this type of project, the Foundation will only consider applications from younger researchers whose activities are in a development phase. When prioritizing applications, emphasis will be placed on scientific quality, but the project’s potential to promote the formation and development of a robust research environment at the university or college in question may also be considered. The application must specify whether the project is included in or related to a larger project. The Foundation may transfer applications for two-year funding to one-year funding as per A above.

Funding or partial funding of an applicant’s own post or other academic post (with the exception of a PhD position) will not be granted and should therefore not be included in the application.

Applications must comply with the template for one-year research funding (see below).

In addition, the project Annex should present:

  • any pilot studies and preliminary results
  • planned collaboration, national and international
  • explanation of why the applicant and the applicant’s environment are suitable for the project

The applicant should also account for their published works from the last 10 years.

Applications not fulfilling the above requirements will not be processed.

A project that has been granted funding may be given the possibility, prior to year 3, to apply for an additional two years at the corresponding financial level. The above instructions also apply to such an application but the application must also include a presentation of the work that has been carried out within the project (max 10 000 characters).

C. Larger grants

A minor part of the awarded funding may be approved for larger grants, primarily for

  • medium-expensive equipment
  • more comprehensive, inter-disciplinary and/or inter-faculty projects that are of strategic significance for the college/university.

An application for funding for medium-expensive equipment should include a product description that, as appropriate, briefly outlines the sub-projects that will make use of the equipment. In the case of an application from several researchers, one should be the main applicant.

A faculty, institution or individual researcher can apply for funding for projects of interdisciplinary, strategic relevance. An accountable, principal, individual applicant must be specified.

D. General information

The Foundation does not generally grant funding for postgraduate students or for emeriti. In addition, funding is not granted for study trips, festschrifts or costs for teaching. Funding for personal computers is only granted to a very restricted extent.

Applications cannot be made for costs incurred prior to 1 June 2017.

The Foundation permits a maximum of 35% of costing supplements (incl. rent) that are directly related to the research project.

Oral references will not be taken into consideration. Applicants must be aware of the fact and accept that the Foundation, in the case of a successful application, will publish applicants’ names on the internet. Applicants agree that all information included in applications may be stored electronically for use by the Foundation. In accordance with the Personal Data Act (PUL), applicants are entitled to see the details that have been registered.

Notification of whether funding has been granted or not will be made by letter in June 2017. The Foundation will not comment on approved/rejected applications.

Payment will be made following a requisition in writing submitted in close conjunction with the use of the grant.

Grants may not be used for any other purpose than those that the Foundation approves. Requisitions may not be made until such time as the recipient requires payment. On receipt of a written requisition, the Foundation pays grants within a period of two weeks, but no earlier than August 2017. Equipment funded by the Foundation becomes the property of the recipient institution. Recipients of grants have a duty, within a maximum of nine months after payment, to submit an account to the Foundation specifying how the money has been used. Failure to provide such an account, wholly or in part, results in a duty of repayment of a corresponding sum. The letter confirming the grant specifies how such an account shall be made. The Foundation may grant deferral of such an account if deferral is requested in advance and if the Foundation deems such deferral to be reasonable.

Awarded grants are to be used at the university where the researcher is employed at the time of application.

Grants that have not been requisitioned by 30 June 2018 at the latest will not be disbursed.

The Foundation presupposes that, when the research results are published, it will be clearly specified that the Foundation has contributed funding. The name of the Foundation is The Crafoord Foundation.

E. Format of application in Swedish or English

Mandatory appendices, to be scanned in pdf-format, max 4 MB:

  • a project Annex (max 15 000 characters, or max 5 pages if the application includes images/diagrams)
  • Applicant’s CV (max 2 pages)
  • Applicant’s published papers from the last 5 years (max 5 pages)

The project appendix should have a short introductory summary and should include

  • short background description
  • problem statement
  • newsworthiness of the project
  • methods to be used
  • expected results
  • planned publication of results
  • ethical considerations (if relevant for the project)

The CV should state clearly:

  • university degree (discipline/subject area)
  • PhD (year, discipline/subject area)
  • relevant post-doctoral visits (year and location)
  • docent level (year)
  • current position, period of appointment, proportion of research involved in the position
  • previous academic positions and appointments (specify type of employment)
  • any parental leave etc
  • tutoring experience in the area of graduate education
  • total number (no lists!) of published papers (peer-reviewed original work as well as summaries/book chapters and the equivalent)

An applicant can be granted repeated funding (usually not more than three consecutive years) but the Foundation may give priority to new applicants. Applications not fulfilling the above requirements will not be processed.

All applications must be received latest February 2 at 4:00 PM

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