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Upcoming funding calls on COVID-19 by major Swedish funding agencies

This is a list of upcoming funding opportunities offered by major funding agencies in Sweden relevant for COVID-19 research. Specifically, we present calls for proposals from the Swedish Research Council, NordForsk, Vinnova, Horizon Europe, and SciLifeLab/Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation grants.

Last updated: 2021.03.03

Swedish Research Council: Research environment grant for follow-up studies of COVID-19 vaccines

Deadline: 13.04.2021
Call homepage: vr.se/english/applying-for-funding/calls/2021-03-03-research-environment-grant-for-follow-up-studies-of-covid-19-vaccines.html

The purpose of the grant is to give researchers the opportunity to collaborate nationally to conduct follow-up studies of COVID-19 vaccine that are justified by the needs of health and medical care and that contribute to a permanent infrastructure for future follow-up studies.

Applicant: Individual researcher with a clinical position covering a minimum of 20 per cent of a full-time equivalent
Participating researchers: A minimum of 3 and maximum of 10 researchers shall be invited to join the application
Grant period: 3–4 years. The entire grant amount will be paid out in 2021
Grant amount: Minimum 10 million SEK in total, maximum 25 million SEK in total
Budgetary framework: A total of approximately 50 million SEK
Start of grant period: Preliminarily June 2021
Application period: 23 March 2021 (14.00/2 pm) – 13 April 2021 (14.00/2 pm)
Publication of grant award: No later than end of June 2021

Swedish Research Council: Project grant for research on viruses and virus-caused disease conditions

Deadline: 17.03.2021
Call homepage: vr.se/english/applying-for-funding/calls/2020-11-10-project-grant-for-research-on-viruses-and-virus-caused-disease-conditions.html

The purpose is to give researchers the freedom to formulate their own research ideas, methods and implementation, and to solve a defined research task within a limited period of time. The focus of this call is on long-term research into basic virology and fundamental disease mechanisms caused by viruses.

Applicant: Individual researcher
Participating researchers: Up to 6 other researchers may be invited to join the application.
Grant period: 1–3 years
Grant amount: Minimum 400 000 SEK per year, Maximum 2 500 000 SEK per year
Budgetary framework: A total of approximately 50 million SEK.
Start of grant period: January 2022
Application period: 10 February 2021 (14.00/2 pm) – 17 March 2021 (14.00/2 pm)
Publication of grant award: No later than the end of November 2021

Swedish Research Council: Research project grant within medicine and health

Deadline: 17.03.2021
Call homepage: vr.se/english/applying-for-funding/calls/2020-11-10-research-project-grant-within-medicine-and-health.html

The purpose of the project grant is to give researchers the freedom to formulate their own research idea, method and implementation, and to solve a specific research task within a limited period.

Applicant: Individual researcher
Participating researchers: Up to 6 other researchers may be invited to join the application.
Grant period: 1–5 years
Grant amount: Minimum 400 000 SEK per year, Maximum 2 500 000 SEK per year
Start of grant period: January 2022
Application period: 10 February 2021 (14.00/2 pm) – 17 March 2021 (14.00/2 pm)
Publication of grant award: No later than the end of November 2021

Swedish Research Council: Starting grant within medicine and health

Deadline: 17.03.2021
Call homepage: vr.se/english/applying-for-funding/calls/2020-11-10-starting-grant-within-medicine-and-health.html

The purpose of the grant is to give junior researchers the opportunity to establish themselves as independent researchers in Sweden.

Applicant: Individual researcher who has completed a doctoral degree more than 2 years ago and up to 7 years ago.
Participating researchers: No participating researchers may be invited to join the application.
Grant period: 4 years
Grant amount: 1 500 000 SEK per year
Budgetary framework: Approximately 30 grants will be awarded under the call
Start of grant period: January 2022
Application period: 10 February 2021 (14.00/2 pm) – 17 March 2021 (14.00/2 pm)
Publication of grant award: No later than the beginning of November 2021

Swedish Research Council: Grant for half-time research position in a clinical environment

Deadline: 17.03.2021
Call homepage: vr.se/english/applying-for-funding/calls/2020-11-10-grant-for-half-time-research-position-in-a-clinical-environment.html

The purpose of the grant is to give clinically active persons the opportunity to conduct research on a half-time basis in parallel with developing their clinical skills. The aim is to reinforce and renew medical and clinical research.

Applicant: Individual researcher who has completed a doctoral degree no more than 10 years ago.
Participating researchers: No participating researchers may be invited to join the application.
Grant period: 3 years (with the opportunity of a 3 year extension)
Grant amount: 1 850 000 SEK per year
Budgetary framework: Up to three grants may be funded under the call.
Start of grant period: January 2022
Application period: 10 February 2021 (14.00/2 pm) – 17 March 2021 (14.00/2 pm)
Publication of grant award: No later than the beginning of November 2021

Swedish Research Council: Grant for half-time research within healthcare sciences

Deadline: 17.03.2021
Call homepage: vr.se/english/applying-for-funding/calls/2020-11-10-grant-for-half-time-research-within-healthcare-sciences.html

The purpose of the grant is to give healthcare professionals the opportunity to conduct research on a half-time basis and to establish themselves as independent researchers in parallel with developing their professional competence. The call aims to promote international collaboration and mobility within Sweden.

Applicant: Individual researcher who has completed a doctoral degree no more than 10 years ago.
Participating researchers: No participating researchers may be invited to join the application.
Grant period: 3 years
Grant amount: 1 850 000 SEK per year
Budgetary framework: Up to 5 grants may be funded under the call.
Start of grant period: January 2022
Application period: 10 February 2021 (14.00/2 pm) – 17 March 2021 (14.00/2 pm)
Publication of grant award: No later than the beginning of November 2021

[CLOSED] SciLifeLab/KAW: COVID-19 pandemic research and preparedness

Deadline: 15.01.2021
Call homepage: scilifelab.se/covid-19/call-research-preparedness/

SciLifeLab is opening five calls for proposals on COVID-19 research that are announced at the same time to help scientists plan their efforts in light of the funding possibilities. Two calls represent the continuation of the ongoing KAW-supported SciLifeLab coordinated COVID-19 research program initiated in the spring of 2020. One call is specifically targeting effects of vaccination. One call will focus on suggestions (letter of intent) for ideas on pandemic preparedness and one on suggestions for data-driven research on COVID-19 (letter of intent). Detailed instructions for the applications for these calls will be made available in the next few weeks.

  1. Proposals from existing research areas (RAs) in the SciLifeLab-KAW COVID-19 program
    Application accepted from: existing PIs of the ongoing research areas can participate, along with new PIs from anywhere in Sweden who wish to join and have relevant new contributions.
    Budget per project: 5-10 MSEK for the period 2021-2022.
  2. Proposals from individual scientists with new contributions to the SciLifeLab-KAW COVID-19 research program
    Application accepted from: all PIs at a Swedish university.
    Budget per project: 1-2 MSEK per year for 2021 and 2022.
  3. New KAW supported COVID-19 research program on vaccine effects
    Application accepted from: team science applications by PIs at any Swedish university and collaborators in health care.
    Budget per project: 7.5 MSEK for the period 2021-2022.
  4. Laboratory preparedness for pandemics
    Application accepted from: all PIs and teams of PIs across Sweden.
    Budget per project: 2-5 MSEK per year for a single well-established facility; 10+ MSEK per year for platforms with a broad repertoire of technologies.
  5. Data-driven life science (DDLS) on COVID-19
    Application accepted from: all PIs or teams of PIs at Swedish universities or other stakeholders.
    Budget per project: up to 1 MSEK for the year 2021.