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National research programme for food: Research projects and Proof-of-Concept

Last day of application: 26/04/2018

Day of decision: 14/11/2018

The call consists of two parts. The first part calls for research projects studying food in a circular and bio-based economy. The second part is a call for Proof-of-Concept projects for previously funded research projects. The research funded is expected to contribute with new knowledge to meet societal needs. The call opened on March 8.

Part 1: Research projects

Formas invites researchers from all disciplines to design research projects that focus on food in a circular and bio-based economy. The projects should examine issues related to:

  • Food products and/or processing, or
  • the Consumer and/or the food market.


Formas encourages projects based on multi- or interdisciplinary collaboration in particular. Partnership with business or other stakeholders is strongly recommended and will be taken into account in the assessment of the application. The potential societal value of the project and its expected impact on identified needs of stakeholders within the food sector or the broader society will be considered in the evaluation.

Who can apply: The main applicant should be a researcher who holds a Ph.D. and is currently employed at a Swedish university, university college, research institute or a governmental agency that engages in research. Formas strongly encourages other stakeholders to participate in the projects.

Each project can apply for: Up to 2.5 million SEK/year.

Length of project: Up to 3 years.

Formas allocates: Up to 75 million SEK.

Part 2: Proof-of-Concept

Formas invites applications for Proof-of-Concept (PoC) projects to initiate the utilization / commercialization of research results from research projects previously funded by Formas or The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) between 2010 and 2017. The aim of the PoC call is to bridge the gap between basic research and utilization / commercialization. The funding in the PoC project may be used to verify the usability and appropriateness of a new method, product or process developed from a previous research project and to establish a strategy for utilization / commercialization.

Who can apply: The main applicant should be a researcher who holds a Ph.D. and is currently employed at a Swedish university, university college, research institute or a governmental agency that engages in research. Formas recommends that projects communicate with commercialization experts and users of the results to confirm the need for utilization / commercialization.

Each project can apply for: 200.000 to 1.5 million SEK/year.

Length of project: Up to 1 year.

Formas allocates: Up to 7.5 million SEK.

Call texts

In the full call texts you can find guidelines for your application and other information about the calls.

Part 1. Research projects

Part 2. Proof-of-Concept

Would you like to know more about the call?

Formas will host a dialogue and matchmaking event about the call on March 23 in Stockholm. The meeting will be held in Swedish, but you are of course welcome to attend, ask questions and network in English. More about the event and signup in Formas calendar (in Swedish).

How to apply

Prisma

The application should be submitted through the application system Prisma.
Guidelines for what your application should contain and information about evaluation criteria will be provided in the full call texts. 

Links

General instructions for applicants to Formas
Formas requirements for grant administrating organisations 
Formas instructions for using Prisma 
Prisma user support 
Apply in Prisma 

Contact information

Responsible for part 1 (Research projects)

Erika Ax, Senior Research Officer
Telephone: +46 (0)8-775 40 26
E-mail: Erika.Ax@formas.se

Responsible for part 2 (Proof-of-Concept)

Katarina Nordqvist, Senior Analyst
Telephone: +46(0)8-775 40 12
E-mail: Katarina.Nordqvist@formas.se

Administrative support

Thao Le, Research Administrator
Telephone: +46 (0)76-102 18 80
E-mail: thao.le@formas.se  


The National Research Programme for Food

This is the second call of the National Research Programme for Food. The first call, Syntheses within the food area, was launched in 2017. The National Research Programme for Food was initiated by the government within the framework of the National Food Strategy (2016/17:104). It is a ten-year research programme coordinated by Formas. The aim of the programme is to support the knowledge and innovation system so as to contribute to increased productivity and innovation in the food supply chain and the sustainable production and consumption of food.

More information about the National Reseach Programme for Food and the National Committee for Food Research on this link (in Swedish)

Erika Ax

3/8/2018