Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Formas' annual open call 2019

The themes of the panels are broad and it is therefore not uncommon that the scope of a project can be related to several panels. You can choose three panels when you create your application in Prisma. You should select the evaluation panel that best suits your research question. Then you can choose two more panels in descending order of priority. If Formas judges that a different review panel than one of the three proposed is better qualified to assess an application, we reserve the right to transfer the application to another review panel.

This year, Formas has introduced a categorization of the submitted applications according to the UN's sustainable development goals. We have chosen to add this categorization in the application system to facilitate the monitoring and reporting of the research funded by Formas. This facilitates the monitoring of the research we fund and how it contributes to sustainable development and to solve various social challenges. The UN sustainable development goals is an international system and categorization, thus this will increase the usability of Formas data.

Yes, applications for research and development projects and research and development for early-career researchers may apply for funding up to an average of SEK 1 million per year over the total number of years of project duration. If the total amount applied for exceeds an average annual amount of SEK 1 million the application will be rejected.

Yes, it is allowed to subcontract a defined part of the project.

The annual open call consists of the sub-call for Research and Development projects, the sub-call for Research and Development for early-career researchers and the sub-call for Mobility grants for early-career researchers. The rule stating that project leaders are allowed to only have one ongoing project at a time is applied to all three of these sub-calls.

Ett projekt pågår så länge det mottar medel Formas. D v s, om ditt projekt får finansiering för år 2017, 2018 och 2019 så är du kvalificerad att söka i den årliga öppna utlysningen 2019 och har därmed möjlighet till nya medel från och med 2020. Om ditt projekt mottar medel 2018, 2019 och 2020 är du däremot inte kvalificerad att söka i Formas årliga öppna utlysning 2019, eftersom du inte kan ta emot nya medel 2020 då ditt tidigare projekt fortfarande får finansiering av Formas. Med andra ord har du möjlighet att söka för ett nytt projekt under det sista året som ditt tidigare projekt får finansiering av Formas.

Denna regel gäller projekt som mottar medel i Formas årliga öppna utlysning. Om du redan har ett projekt som finansieras i en av Formas riktade utlysningar så är det däremot möjligt att samtidigt ha ett pågående projekt i den årliga öppna utlysningen, så länge din lön inte överstiger 100 % av en heltidsanställning.

You are still allowed to apply for new funding this year. Prolongation of projects does not affect the project period, only the time you as a project leader are allowed to use the money.

Yes, you are. The rule of only one ongoing project per project leader only applies to the sub-calls within the annual open call and not to projects granted within targeted and/or international calls.

Yes, the rule of having maximum one ongoing project does only apply to the role as a project leader.

Yes, you can be involved in several projects as a participating researcher, but you can only be project leader in one of the applications that you submit to the annual open call.

No, there is no upper limit for the number of applications that you can participate in as long as you are not the project leader. However, you are not allowed to receive funding for salary from Formas which exceeds 100 per cent of a fulltime position.

Yes, it is correct. In the budget form you can apply for more than 1 MSEK one year (and then less than 1 MSEK another year), but not more than 3 MSEK in total for a three-year project.

Yes, the host organisation in a mobility grant can be a research institute or potentially also a company or a governmental agency. What should be kept in mind is that the host institution/organisation constitutes a for the applicant relevant and fruitful research environment, and to also describe this clearly in your application. This since for mobility grants the strength and competitiveness of the research environment will be assessed for the home and the host organisation(s) under the criteria for “Scientific competence”.

No, co-applicants (or participating researchers as it is called in Prisma) cannot be included in a mobility grant.

No, in the sub-call for mobility grants you can apply for salary for yourself, OH-costs and direct premises costs. Running costs or costs for equipment is not granted. In appendix L both the home and host organisations ensure that all necessary facilities and resources for the project will be available if the project is granted.

No, there are no such limitations. The only limit is the max budget of 1 MSEK/year on an average over the project.

Appendix J Illustrations is for pictures, tables and figures and can be uploaded as one pdf. The total size of the attachment can be max 4 MB in the format pdf. The appendix is not mandatory.

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Updated:6 March 2019