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to apply for funding

To apply for funding

SOPHIE HYDEN PICASSO, Karin langborger and Tina Trollås, Research services

structure of the presentation
Structure of the Presentation
  • Research Services
  • Funders and calls for application
  • The application
  • The evaluation
  • Research Professional and the Research Timesaver

Organisation of central administration

at Lund University

Research Services

research services forskningsservice
EU Framework Programmes and US federal funding bodies:


Karin Langborger



Sophie Hydén Picasso

Teresia Rindefjäll

Swedish funding bodies:

Birgitta Larsson

Tina Trollås

Magnus Edblad

Research communication:

Lisa Thelin

Bodil Malmström

Elisabet Jonsson

Research studies, LERU network:

Cecilia Gagné

University-wide research database project:

Karolina Widell

Head of unit:

Klas Malmqvist

Research Services – Forskningsservice
research services areas of activity
Research Services areas of activity

Research funding: help to increase the University’s revenue for research and promote the University’s interests in these contexts

Research strategic decisions: Secretary and rapporteur in the university-wide Research Board. Close collaboration with LU leadership

Research communication: support and encourage the development of LU’s research communication; organise events such as Innovation in Mind

Support for research studies: support for quality enhancement of education of PhD students, business intelligence, etc.

Research database:procurement and implementation of a university-wide research database

Management support: compile factual information, draft consultation responses, participate in benchmarking, process research-related matters

research services target groups
Research Services target groups

Research funding: researchers, administrators, all levels of management

Research communication: researchers, research communication officers, the public, partners

Support for research studies: Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Education Board Committee for Third-Cycle Education, PhD students

Research database:researchers, all levels of management, the public, partners

Management support: management at all levels of the University

support for applications to swedish funding agencies
Support for applicationsto Swedish fundingagencies



Wallenberg Foundations

Vice-Chancellor as principal applicant or signatory ofthe letter of support

Whathelp is provided?

Information on announcements

Seminars and workshops

Time plan and facilitation



Commentson projectdescription


the wallenberg foundations
The Wallenberg Foundations

For more information – visit:

swedish research council vr
Swedish Research Council (VR)
  • When Vice Chancellor’ssignature is required:
  • Research Schools
  • Cooperationwith China
  • Infrastructure
    • Equipment of national interest
    • Large data bases
    • Management ofinfrastructure

Support for applications to EU and international funding bodies

  • Support from application to project completion
  • Dissemination of information on current calls
  • Courses, seminars (researchers and administrators)
  • Help with formalities
  • Budget calculations
  • Assistance with parts of application (e.g. management, impact)
  • Help with contract negotiations and contract signing
  • Training in project management (for administrators)
  • Support funding when LU researchers coordinate collaborative projects:

- Planning grants (SEK 50 000)

- Coordination grants (SEK 100 000 / SEK 200 000)

  • Mediate contact with other units as necessary, e.g. contract lawyers and innovation system
the european framework programme
The EuropeanFrameworkProgramme


Collaborative research

32,4 B €

Ideas - ERC

Individual Research Grants

7,5 B €


Researcher Mobility

4,7 B €


Support to research

4,2 B €

horizon 2020 next framework programme 2014 2020
Horizon 2020 Nextframeworkprogramme (2014-2020)

Three priorities:

  • Excellent Science (31% of budget)
  • Industrial Leadership(22,7%)
  • SocietalChallenges (40%)


EuropeanInstituteof Innovation and Technology (EIT) Joint Research Centres, Euroatom


All projectsfinanced by MC grants must advertisetheir positions at thiswebsite.

Thiswebsite is usefulifyouwishtofind a position withclosecooperationwithindustry.

Each EU memberstate has its national-specific information in the Euraxess portal, which is veryusefulifyouwishtoapply for a position in a certain country.

  • Newsletter. Sign up by
  • Sendlists for different thematic areas. Sign up by emailingus at Research Services
  • Information meetings tailoredto research groups/departmentsneeds.
  • Research Services answersquestions from all researchers and administrators at Lund University.
tools administered by research services
Tools administered by Research Services
  • Newsletter Forskningsnytt – Research FundingNews
  • reSearch for the Future
  • Research Timesaver (Forskningsguiden): a databasewith administrative information on LU, internal rules for certainfundingagencies, templates egcommunication plans, instructions on howtohandleethicalissuesetc
  • Research Professional: fundingopportunities. Possibilitytopersonaliseaccountwithfundingnotices by email.
improve your chances of getting funding strategies
Improve your chancesofgettingfunding – strategies
  • Joinnetworks – local, national, international
  • Identifyfundingopportunities
  • Match the research to the call for applications
  • Look at previoussuccessfulapplications
  • Writing a goodapplicationrequirespractice – start learningalready as a doctoral student
identifying a funder find a call for applications
Identifying a funder – find a call for applications
  • Ask yourcolleagues
  • Contact Research Services for calls within the EU frameworkprogramme and the Wallenberg Foundations
  • Research Professional
  • Acknowledgements in articles
matching the research to the call for application
Matching the research to the call for application
  • Make sure that the project is what the funder wants to fund
  • Findoutwhat the funder valueshighly
    • Basic research?
    • Applied research?
    • Boundary-crossing research?
    • Benefits to society?
    • Cooperation partners?
    • Dissemination of results?
    • Innovation?
writing applications for funding
Writing applications for funding
  • Different from writing an article
  • Part ofacademiclife
  • Plan ahead
  • Yourfunding ID is part ofyourtrack record
  • Preparetofail
process the idea and the application
Process the idea and the application
  • Start in goodtime!
  • Ask colleagues/mentors for reactionsto the idea at an earlystage
  • Allowothersto read the application and give feedback in the courseofwriting
  • Ask someonewithexperienceofevaluatingapplicationsto read and comment on yourapplication
  • Read, analyse and follow the instructions in detail, e.g. in the outline
  • Be concrete. Show that the project is feasible
what should an application contain
Whatshould an applicationcontain?
  • Candifferbetweenfundingagencies, but in general:
  • Research questions and objectives
  • Review of previous research
  • Theory and methodology
  • Expectedresults
  • Budget and CVs
preparing an application practicalities
Preparing an application - practicalities
  • Start in goodtime!
  • Preliminary data?
  • Permission?
  • Forms?
  • Language?
  • Electronic submission – whatfilesize is allowed? Format?
  • Who shouldsign?
  • Doublecheck the deadline
  • Submittwodaysbefore deadline toavoid problems with web portals
  • Get help from the Research Timesaver
a unique application
A uniqueapplication
  • Check that no similar projects have been carried out previously
  • Link to previous related studies if there are any
  • Find your niche! Position in relation to other studies – what is uniqueabout this project?
basics of a good application
Basics of a goodapplication
  • Follow the instructions in detail!
  • Use the headingsindicated in the call
  • Structure the application in a comprehensiblemanner
  • Use simple and clearlanguage
  • Emphasise key sentences in the text (italics, bold)
  • Leteachparagraphhave a clearmessage. Onethought – oneparagraph
  • Don’tboreevaluators with toomuchbackground information – capturetheirinterest from the veryfirstparagraph on the first page!
bad start
Bad start


Concept and objectives

Currently, concrete is the mostfrequentlyused (approx. 6 billion m3 annually)

material out of all thosecreated by man, and second only to water in the entire

group of materials. Evenifconcrete is not considered the mostimportant material,

it consumes 20 billion tonnes of aggregate and, irretrievably, 800 m3 of water

(approx. 5% of total water consumption), as well as 500 billion MJ of energy. At the

same time, the cement industrygenerates 5-7% of global CO2 emissions. Future

development of the industry, whichconsumes so muchenergy and materials,

cannotremainunimportant for any society. Simultaneously, concreteconstitutes a

response to the basicneeds of society and andconcretestructureshavebecome a

permanent element of the landscape.


The aim of the project is to improve the performance as well as in-service life of

materials and structures in extreme conditions.

good start
Good start

B2.1. Concept and objectives

B2.1.1 Introduction

This 48-month projectwill be focused on materials research, the development of

new piezoelectric materials, and electrode materials to be used for manufacturing

actuatorstailored for high reliability under extreme conditions and environments:

humidity and high stress.

Piezoelectricactuators are used in an increasingnumber of applicationsdue to their

unlimited resolution, compactness, high efficiency, fast response time and high force

capabilitycompared to electro-magneticactuators. A verysuccessfulapplication is

the replacement of magneticactuators for diesel fuelinjection. For this application,

piezoelectricactuators offer a 10 timesshorterresponse time and muchbetter

combustioncontrol, saving of fuel, reduction of emissions and more power. In the

future it is anticipated that piezoelectricactuatorswill as well be applied for gasoline

engines for for all automotiveengines, provided that reliability and costrequirements

can be satisfied.

good start1
Good start


Cardiovasculardisease (CVD) is a major cause ofmorbidity and mortality in Europe. By taking advantage of great experience in genetic and cardiovascular epidemiology (Figure 1) (1-7), some of the largest cohorts in the world with linked DNA and plasma biobanks (Table 1) and long clinical experience of CVD and metabolic medicine, the applicant and his team aim to reduce CVD incidence in the population by (1) improving CVD risk prediction and (2) identifyingmechanisms causally related to CVD development in order to provide novel targets for drug discovery and targeted life style interventions for use in primary prevention.


project budgeting
Project budgeting
  • What are the conditions for the application?
  • The work and efforts described in the application has to be reflected in the budget
  • Try to use actual cost estimations
  • Involve your department’s financial administrator
  • Some budget templates are available at Research Services upon request
  • Cost estimates (fullkostnadskalkyl) must be done for all grant applications at LU
  • The head of department must approve of the budget before the application is submitted
evaluation for whom are you writing
Evaluation – for whom are you writing?
  • To write a goodapplication, you need to understand the evaluationprocedure

In general:

  • First check that the applicationmeets the formal requirements, e.g. number of pages
  • The evaluator reads and grades, i.e. he/she is the key person!
  • The evaluator reports to a board/committeewhichdecideswhichprojects are to be funded
the evaluator
The evaluator
  • An active researcher
  • Often an expert in the field, but not always
  • Reads and evaluates at the same time as he/she is conductinghis/herown research
satisfying the evaluator
Satisfying the evaluator
  • Understand the evaluator’s situation
  • Make his/her work as simple and enjoyable as possible
  • Findouthow the evaluator reads your application – whatinstructions has he/shereceived?
evaluation criteria the swedish research council
EvaluationcriteriaTheSwedishResearch Council

Graded on a scale from 1-7:

  • Noveltyand originality
  • Scientific quality of the proposed research
  • Merits ofapplicant(s)
  • Feasibility (graded 1-3)
evaluation criteria project erc starting grant fp7
Evaluation criteria – Project ERC Starting grant – FP7

Research Project

1.0 (Non-competitive)   1.5   2.0 (Very Good)   2.5   3.0 (Excellent)   3.5   4.0 (Outstanding)

Ground-breaking nature and potential impact of the research project

- To what extent does the proposed research address important challenges?

- To what extent are the objectives ambitious and beyond the state of the art (e.g. novel concepts and approaches or development across disciplines)?

- How much is the proposed research high risk/high gain?

Scientific approach

- To what extent is the outlined scientific approach feasible?

- To what extent is the proposed research methodology appropriate to achieve the goals of the project?

- To what extent does the proposal involve the development of novel methodology?

- To what extent are the proposed timescales and resources necessary and properly justified (based on scientific proposal)?

evaluation criteria cv erc starting grant fp7
Evaluation criteria – CV ERC Starting grant – FP7

Principal Investigator

1.0 (Non-competitive)   1.5   2.0 (Very Good)   2.5   3.0 (Excellent)   3.5   4.0 (Outstanding)

  • The PI has demonstrated the abilitytopropose and conductground-breaking research and his/herachievementshavetypicallygonebeyond the state-of-the-art
  • The PI provides abundant evidenceofcreative independent thinking
  • The ERC grant willcontributesignificantlyto the establishmentand/or furtherconsolidationof the PI’sindependence
  • The PI is stronglycommittedto the project and demonstrates the willingnessto devote a significantamountoftimeto the project (min 50% of the total workingtime) based on scientificproposal