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

Applications must be completed and submitted via our website by 4 pm 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.

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


The Foundation supports research projects by granting funding for equipment, running costs, technical personnel, post-doctoral or guest researchers from other universities/countries, and other costs connected to the researcher’s own project. Partial funding of PhD position can also be applied for. In such cases, funding is only provided for costs directly related to research activities within the project.

Funding can also be for the planning of larger project applications or research programmes with national/international participants. Funding can be granted for arranging high-quality conferences.

The Foundation may also grant funding for conference trips (with active participation), publication costs, research exchanges and research visits.

Equipment funded by the Foundation becomes the property of the recipient institution.

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

Unapproved costs

  • Applicant’s own salary
  • Scholarships
  • Study trips
  • Festschrifts
  • Costs for undergraduate and advanced education

Oral references will not be taken into consideration.

Applications cannot be made for costs incurred prior to 1 June 2020.

A. One-year research grants

The Foundation will grant one-year research funding of, in general, up to SEK 500,000. An applicant can be granted repeated funding but the Foundation may give priority to new applicants.

The Foundation particularly welcomes young applicants at the start of their career but may also grant funding to more senior researchers.

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 this type of project, the Foundation will give priority to applications from younger researchers whose activities are in a development phase. When prioritising 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.

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

If an 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).

C. Larger grants

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

  • equipment
  • inter-disciplinary 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.

General information

The projects for which applications are made should be of high scientific quality. The main applicant must be an individual, with the exception of that which is stated in C. Applications from doctoral students will not be considered. The Foundation does not grant funding for emeriti.

An applicant may be granted repeated funding (generally 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.

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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