Funding Opportunities

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Research grants in Sweden are given by several different agencies and organisations. For more information about the different opportunities see the list below.

The four major research councils and agencies in Sweden:

Vetenskapsrådet, Swedish Research Council

The research grants are open for all applicants – as long as the applicant is/will be employed by a Swedish Approved Administrating Organization co-signing the application. There are a few grants that more specifically promote mobility or international cooperation.

Some grants are open for researchers in all fields, others are linked to one of eight areas of science:

  • Artistic research
  • Clinical Therapy Research
  • Development Research
  • Educational sciences
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Medicine and health
  • Natural and engineering sciences
  • National Coordination of Clinical Studies

All grants are regularly announced on the web site: The web site provides instructions for applying as well as forms, contacts and the Research Council’s general terms and conditions.

Link to an overview of calls.

Grants explicitly promoting mobility:

Grants for Distinguished Professors

This grant is part of a programme to enable long term planning and secure prominent researchers the conditions to focus on their research. The Council plans to launch this grant every two years.

Visiting Professorships

The Swedish Research Council's calls on visiting professorships are: Kerstin Hesselgren Visiting Professorship; Olof Palme Visiting Professorship; and Tage Erlander Visiting Professorship. The purpose of the visiting professorships is to enrich and develop the work of Swedish University departments in a manner that benefits the department's own activities, and can lead to continued international cooperation.

Grants promoting international co-operation:

Research Network Grant – Swedish Research Links

The purpose of the Swedish Research Links programme is to support the development of long-term research partnerships between Swedish researchers and researchers within low income and lower middle-income countries. The program is open to researchers from all academic disciplines, covering theoretical as well as empirical, basic as well as applied fields of research. The countries eligible for these forms of collaborative research are on the OECD/DAC list (columns Least Developed Countries, Other Low Income Countries and Lower Middle Income Countries and Territories).

NOS-HS Workshops

The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NOS-HS) invites proposals for funding covering series of Nordic workshops. The aim of the grant is to promote research collaboration and development of new research areas and programmes within the humanities and social sciences in the Nordic countries.

The GROW programme

The Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) enables NSF Graduate Research Fellows to gain international research experience and establish collaborations with counterparts at Swedish university departments, by working in Sweden for a shorter period of time. This grant is the result of cooperation between the American National Science Foundation and the Swedish Research Council.


VINNOVA, Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems

If you are an academic researcher or if you work with research and development in the private or public sector, Vinnova could offer you the opportunity to spend up to 3 months in another sector. The aim of the mobility is both to increase and sustain the collaboration between the two organisations as well as giving the individual the experience of working in another sector. Vinnova could cover up to 50% of expenses for salary, travel and accommodation in association to the mobility. The up to 3 months spent in another organisation could be distributed over a period of up to 18 months. The call “Mobility for innovation and societal benefit” will open at the end of November 2016. Both national and international mobility is eligible, but the grant can only be given to Swedish organisations.


Forte – Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare


Formas, Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning