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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: 2021.05.18

Swedish Research Council: Project grant for research into post-COVID

Deadline: 17.08.2021
Detailed information: Call homepage

The purpose of the project grant is to fund research into post-infectious conditions with remaining or late-onset symptoms following COVID-19 infection (post-COVID).

Applicant: Individual researcher
Participating researchers: Up to 6 other researchers may be invited to join the application
Grant period: 1–4 years. The entire grant amount will be paid out in 2021
Grant amount: Minimum 400 000 SEK per year, maximum 2 500 000 SEK per year
Budgetary framework: 50 million SEK
Start of grant period: January 2022
Application period: 02 June 2021 (14.00/2 pm) – 17 August 2021 (14.00/2 pm)
Publication of grant award: No later than the beginning of December 2021

Swedish Research Council: Proof of concept within the infection area

Deadline: 17.08.2021
Detailed information: Call homepage

The purpose of the grant is to bridge the gap between basic research and commercialisation of research results within the infection area. The proof of concept grant offers persons who are receiving or have received a grant from the Swedish Research Council the opportunity to further develop their research results. This is done by verifying the usability and suitability of a new method, product or process developed from a previous research project and carrying out activities that prepare for innovation or commercialisation.

Applicant: Individual researcher who is receiving or has received a grant from the Swedish Research Council with a grant period ending in 2019, 2020 or 2021.
Participating researchers: Up to 6 other researchers may be invited to join the application
Grant period: 1-2 years
Grant amount: Minimum 500 000 SEK in total, maximum 2 000 000 SEK in total
Budgetary framework: 10 million SEK for the area of antimicrobial resistance, plus 10 million SEM for the area of viruses and pandemics
Start of grant period: January 2022
Application period: 02 June 2021 (14.00/2 pm) – 17 August 2021 (14.00/2 pm)
Publication of grant award: No later than the beginning of December 2021

[CLOSED] Horizon Europe: FAIR and open data sharing in support to European preparedness for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases (HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EMERGENCY-01)

Deadline: 06.05.2021
Detailed information: Call homepage

This action responds to the need to enable researchers, health care professionals and society at large to share, access, analyse, link and process research data and other research digital objects across disciplines and national borders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As seen with other infectious disease outbreaks, such as haemorrhagic fevers, COVID-19 will likely remain a societal challenge beyond the immediate outbreak, considering its destructive and disruptive impact on healthcare systems and the economy. In addition to the ongoing health threat from SARS-CoV-2, the risk from other emerging pathogens also persists, which will also require similar concerted action to identify and characterise infections with pandemic potential, and enable rapid public health action to mitigate health and societal impact. Provision of comprehensive open data on infectious agents and diseases during outbreaks support evidence-based quality assessment - across scientific, medical, public health and policy domains and promotes reproducibility of research outcomes. Particular importance should be placed on mobilising raw viral sequences and identifying and monitoring the spread of SARS-CoV-2 variants. European readiness for future pandemics is of utmost importance and should be addressed to ensure the preparedness of infrastructure building on already existing frameworks for broader use such as the EOSC.

[CLOSED] Horizon Europe: Research infrastructure services for rapid research responses to COVID-19 and other infectious disease epidemics (HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EMERGENCY-02

Deadline: 06.05.2021
Detailed information: Call homepage

Proposals under this action, will integrate research infrastructure services to form a comprehensive and inclusive portfolio to support research in response to infectious disease epidemics or underpinning respective forefront research in the field. As a first immediate challenge, the delivered services should support research targeting newly emerging SARS-Cov-2 variants and addressing the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Proposals will support the provision of trans-national and/or virtual access to researchers as well as training for using the infrastructures, and activities to improve, customise and integrate the services the infrastructures provide, so as to facilitate and integrate the access procedures and to further develop the remote or virtual provision of services.

[CLOSED] Horizon Europe: Vaccines & therapeutic clinical trials to boost COVID-19 prevention and treatment

Deadline: 06.05.2021
Detailed information: Call homepage

Proposals submitted under this expression of interest should aim to further develop promising therapeutic or prophylactic candidates against SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19. The vaccine/treatment candidates should have completed preclinical development, including animal studies, and be ready to enter clinical evaluation in Phase I or II studies. Applicants should have addressed the current viral variants of concern in their pre-clinical work, and/or anticipated the emergence of new variants. Proposals should include a summary of results obtained in the concluded studies (pre-clinical and/or Phase I). Proposals are also expected to include assurances on sufficient and timely access to GMP production of the compound(s) to be trialled (the costs of which can be included in the proposal). In addition, options to upscale production for subsequent development beyond the activities for which funding is requested, should be indicated as appropriate.

[CLOSED] Horizon Europe: Cohorts united against COVID-19 variants of concern

Deadline: 06.05.2021
Detailed information: Call homepage

Proposals submitted under this expression of interest are expected to build on existing large-scale, multi-centre, regional or international cohorts worldwide and/or establish new ones linked to those. These cohorts should aim to rapidly advance the knowledge on SARS-CoV-2 and its emerging variants of concern, with the aim of developing evidence-based strategic and robust recommendations for the effective control and prevention of COVID-19 infection. The regional or international cohort(s) should allow to rapidly and consistently provide estimations on the occurrence and spread of emerging variants of concern in different parts of the world. They should contribute to a better understanding of their transmissibility, virulence and pathogenicity.

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

Deadline: 13.04.2021
Detailed information: Call homepage

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

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

Deadline: 17.03.2021
Detailed information: Call homepage

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

[CLOSED] Swedish Research Council: Research project grant within medicine and health

Deadline: 17.03.2021
Detailed information: Call homepage

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

[CLOSED] Swedish Research Council: Starting grant within medicine and health

Deadline: 17.03.2021
Detailed information: Call homepage

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

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

Deadline: 17.03.2021
Detailed information: Call homepage

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

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

Deadline: 17.03.2021
Detailed information: Call homepage

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.