Planning for transformation (Stage 1)


The purpose of this call is to contribute knowledge and solutions for developing Swedish spatial planning so that it creates the conditions to transform towards a sustainable society.

The call is devided into two stages. In Stage 1, you can apply for a planning grant to develop a project concept and create collaborations for a larger project application.


Researchers, municipalities and other public-sector organisations


You can apply for a planning grant for between SEK 100 000 and SEK 300 000.

Given decision: 2020-04-30 00:00


Preliminary decisions. Please note that only decisions published in Prisma is a guarantee of granted funding.


Formas is announcing grants to fund research that contributes knowledge and solutions for developing Swedish spatial planning that supports the transformation to a sustainable society.

Under this call, projects can receive funding in two stages. In this stage, Stage 1, you can apply for planning grants for preparatory work on developing a project concept as well as for initiating and developing collaborative partnerships, both interdisciplinary and between academia and practitioners. You can apply for a planning grant for between 100,000 and 300,000 Swedish kronor (SEK). In Stage 2, which opens in autumn 2020, you can apply for funding for up to 4-year projects with a total maximum budget of SEK 8 million per project.

Projects must relate to one or more of the perspectives and themes in the research agenda Research for integrated and sustainable spatial planning External link..       

Sweden faces major challenges in its transformation to a sustainable society. The challenges include environmental issues such as our overconsumption of resources, the risk of climate change and how to adapt to the climate change we are actually facing, and the widening gaps between different groups in society and different geographies. Spatial planning plays a vital role in managing these challenges and achieving a sustainable built environment. Planning can promote resource-efficient, climate-friendly, inclusive and safe cities and communities where people can and want to live.

The purpose of this call is to contribute knowledge and solutions for developing Swedish spatial planning so that it creates the conditions to transform towards a sustainable society. Your project should focus on how spatial planning could be done differently today in order to contribute to the transformation of cities and communities.

The call is divided into two stages. In Stage 1, you can apply for a planning grant for your work on describing the project concept, the stakeholders you will involve and the potential benefits to society. The purpose of Stage 1 is to provide the time and resources needed to prepare for an application in Stage 2. It is not a requirement to apply in Stage 1 in order to be able to apply for Stage 2 funding.

Before you apply

Formas welcomes applications for funding from researchers in any discipline at Swedish universities, research institutes and government agencies with research assignments, as well as public-sector stakeholders such as municipalities, county administrative boards, regional/county councils and other government authorities.

In the first part of this call, Stage 1, the project leader (principal applicant) can be employed at a Swedish higher education institution or a public organisation as described above. Research practitioners and public-sector organisations can apply for funding under this call as co-participants in the project. Project leaders or project participants do not need to have a doctorate degree.

To qualify for a grant in Stage 2 of the call, however, the project leader must have completed their doctorate degree and be affiliated with a Swedish university, college, research institute or government agency that has a research assignment.

The grant amount sought for a project must be at least SEK 100 000 and a maximum of SEK 300 000. Projects must start on 1 May 2020, and funds can be sought for a maximum of 6 months. The funds can be used for up to two months after the project ends.

In the call text you will find everything you need to know when applying. For example what the application shall contain, how the application is registered in the application system Prisma, information about administrating organizations, evaluation criteria and the assessment process.


A digital application is submitted in the Prisma application system. Guidelines and information about what your application should contain can be found in the call text.

Read more about how to apply in Prisma.

Information meeting

A webinar with information about the call were held on November 29. The meeting were held in Swedish.

Contact Person

Updated:5 November 2020
Page manager: Jon Loit