The Crafoord Foundation invites applications for grants primarily for 1-year research projects, in accordance with A (below). Some of the funds that the Foundation has at its disposal may be awarded for more long-term grants, 2–4 years, in accordance with B (below), and for larger grants in accordance with C.

Applications must be submitted via the Foundation’s website by 4pm on Thursday 6 February 2020 at the latest. You can only submit one application. However, you can be both the main applicant and co-applicant in two separate applications.

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


Approved costs

  • Equipment
  • Running costs
  • Personnel costs for technical staff, post-doctoral or guest researchers from other universities/countries, and partial funding of PhD position. Please note that a post-doctoral applicant must have defended their thesis when submitting their application.
  • Planning of larger project applications or research programmes with national/international participants.
  • Arranging high-quality conferences
  • Conference trips with active participation
  • Publication costs
  • Research exchanges and research visits

Costs must be directly related to research activities within the project.

A supplement for overheads is permitted for personnel and running costs up to a maximum of 35%. Costs for premises are

included in the supplement for overheads. Supplement for overheads may not be used for equipment.

Equipment becomes the property of the receiving institute.

Costs may be counted from 1 June 2020 at the earliest.

Unapproved costs

  • Applicant’s own salary
  • Scholarships
  • Personal computer and mobile phone
  • Study trips
  • Festschrifts
  • Teaching at basic and advanced level


The Foundation awards 1-year grants up to SEK 500.000. An applicant can be granted repeated funding but the Foundation may decide to give priority to new applicants.

The Foundation welcomes young applicants but may also grant funding to more senior researchers.


The Foundation awards primarily 2-year grants of up to SEK 1 million per annum, with the possibility to apply for an extension of a further two years.

The Foundation gives priority to applications from younger researchers whose activities are in a development phase.

When assessing applications, emphasis is placed on scientific quality.

An additional important factor is the project’s potential to promote the formation and development of a robust research environment at the university or college in question. The application must specify whether the project is included in or related to a larger project.

The Foundation may transfer applications for 2-year funding to 1-year funding as per A above.

Applications for 2-year funding must comply with the template for 1-year funding. In addition, the project Annex must include:

  • 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 present a list of their published works from the last 5 years.

If the application is for an extension of a previous application, the above instructions apply. However, such an application should include a presentation of the work that has been carried out within the project (max. 10,000 characters).


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

  • Equipment
  • Interdisciplinary projects that are of strategic significance

An application for funding for equipment should include a project description that briefly outlines the sub-projects that will make use of the equipment.

A university, faculty, institution or individual researcher may apply for the above. The application must specify an accountable principal applicant.


The main applicant must be an individual, with the exception of that stated in C.

The Foundation does not grant funding for doctoral students nor emeriti.

Applications not fulfilling the above requirements will not be considered.

Applicants are aware of and accept that, in case of grants being awarded, the Foundation publishes applicants’ names on the Foundation’s website.

The Foundation presupposes that, when results are published, it must be clearly specified that funding has been received from the Foundation. The name of the Foundation is Crafoordska stiftelsen in Swedish and, in English, The Crafoord Foundation.

Application format 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)


Notification of whether or not funding has been granted will be given by letter in June 2020. The Foundation will not comment on approved/rejected applications.

Applicants are aware of and accept that, in the case of grants being awarded, the Foundation publishes applicants’ names on the Foundation’s website.

The Foundation presupposes that, when results are published, it shall be clearly specified that funding has been received from the Foundation. The name of the Foundation is Crafoordska stiftelsen in Swedish and, in English, The Crafoord Foundation.


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 not earlier than August 2020. The letter confirming the grant specifies the details to be included in the requisition.

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 2021 at the latest will not be disbursed.


Recipients of one-year grants have a duty, within a maximum of 12 months after payment, to submit an economic statement to the Foundation specifying how the money has been used.

Recipients of two-year grants have a duty, within a maximum of 24 months after payment, to submit an economic statement as well as a brief popular science-based account of the results achieved.

Failure to provide such statements/accounts, wholly or in part, will result in a duty of repayment of a corresponding sum. The letter confirming a grant specifies how such accounts 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.

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