Changes in Formas’ annual open call for 2023

Are you the main applicant (project manager) for an ongoing research project that Formas is funding? We are in the process of implementing changes in the application procedure for the 2023 annual open call. This might affect you if you want to apply for a grant from us.

You must not be the main applicant in the annual open call for 2023 if you meet these criteria:

  • You are the main applicant (project manager) for an ongoing project grant whose grant period includes the year 2024. Note that the grant period is not the same as the grant availability period. This restriction applies only to main applicants, not to participating researchers.

and

  • Your project has been awarded a grant through one of Formas’ calls with any of the following focus areas (exceptions are listed under the next heading):
    • Targeted calls.
    • Any of the national research programmes for oceans and water, sustainable spatial planning, or climate.
    • Calls for researcher-initiated projects where the grant form is a research project, a mobility grant for early-career researchers, or a research project for early-career researchers.

As before, main applicants (project managers) can only have an ongoing project grant in one of Formas’ annual open calls (for research projects and early-career researchers). This is still applicable for 2023.

Project applications for the 2023 open call will be rejected if the main applicant (project manager) has the role of project manager for a previously awarded project whose grant period includes the year 2024 in any of the calls to which the restriction applies.

Main applicants can apply for project funding in the 2023 open call if they have an ongoing project grant (regardless of grant period) from any of Formas’ calls with the following focus areas:

  • Global collaboration
  • EU collaboration
  • Communication activities
  • Smart Built Environment strategic innovation programme
  • Impact innovation
  • Planning grants
  • Researcher-initiated urgent grants
  • Travel allowance grants
  • Real-world impact projects, planning grants or syntheses within a national research programme
  • Real-world impact projects, innovation projects or innovation competitions in a targeted call

The restriction does not apply in reverse. As the main applicant (project manager) for an ongoing project with funding from Formas’ open call, you can apply for and be awarded funding in other Formas calls. But you can only have one ongoing project grant as a main applicant if the grant form is a research project or research project for early-career researchers.

The document “Sign the approval of terms” (Godkännande av villkor in Swedish), which the main applicant (project manager) received in Prisma when the grant decision was taken, contains information about the focus area under which the project was funded. It also states the grant period’s end date. An ongoing project grant in 2024 means that the project has a grant period in 2024. See the examples below.

To find “Sign the approval of terms” in Prisma, follow these steps:

  1. In Prisma, open the Applications and grants tab in your account.
  2. In the left-hand menu, click Grants.
  3. Under “Granted applications”, access the current project by clicking View.
  4. Under “Signing”, click Download to download the approval form.

Example 1

Example 1. The project’s grant period – the years in which the grant is paid out – is 2021–2023. In this case, you are not subject to the restriction and can be stated as the main applicant (project manager) on an application for the 2023 open call.

Example 2

Example 2. The project’s grant period – the years in which the grant is paid out – is 2022–2024. If the project was awarded a grant in a call that cannot be combined with an ongoing project in the open call, then the restriction applies to you and you cannot be a main applicant (project manager) in the 2023 open call.

Updated:11 January 2023
Page manager: Katrin Danerlöv