Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Formas' annual open call 2020

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.

Yes, in the Annual open call you can be a main applicant on one application and a co-applicant on another. There is no upper limit for the number of applications that you can participate in as long as you are not the main applicant on more than one. However, you are not allowed to receive funding for salary from Formas which exceeds 100 per cent of a fulltime position.

Formas also have targeted/thematic calls and you can be the main applicant for a thematic call at the same time as you are the main applicant for the Annual open call.

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, you may apply for funding up to an average of SEK 1 million per year over the total number of years of project duration for one of the sub-calls Research projects or Research projects for early-career researchers. If the total amount applied for exceeds an average annual amount of SEK 1 million the application will be rejected.

For Research projects funding can be applied for a maximum of three years. For Research projects for early-career researchers funding can be applied for a maximum of four years.

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

The Annual open call now consists of two sub-calls: Research projects and Research projects for early-career researchers. The rule stating that project leaders only can have one ongoing project at a time is applied to both sub-calls.

Project managers (the main applicant) are only allowed to have one ongoing project grant under Formas’ open call which is within the pay-out period. A project is ongoing as long as it receives funding from Formas (pay-out period). If your Annual open call project is funded for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020 you are qualified to apply for the Annual open call for 2020 and thus have the opportunity for new funds from 2021.

However, if your Annual open call project is funded for 2019, 2020 and 2021 you are not qualified to apply in Forma's annual open call for 2020. This is because you cannot receive new funds in 2021 as your previous project still receives funding from Formas. That is, you have the opportunity to apply for a new project during the last year that your ongoing project receives funding from Formas.

It is, however, fine to have an ongoing project from an open call if the project’s pay-out period has passed but the availability period is still ongoing in 2021.

Yes, 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. However, you are not allowed to receive funding for salary from Formas which exceeds 100 per cent of a fulltime position.

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

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, it is no longer part of the Annual open call. Instead the Mobility grant will be a separate call and announced two times per year.

Yes, you can apply for one of the Annual Open Calls’ sub calls and the mobility grant. However, you can only be granted one. Remember to check that you are eligible to apply.

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 if it is for a three-year project.

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

Appendix 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. It is not allowed to use the appendix for uploading a CV.

Yes, it is possible to have co-applicants from different countries and universities. However, grants can only be administered by Swedish universities, university colleges, research institutes or authorities with research undertakings. It means that the main applicant must have an employment at a Swedish university while utilizing the funds.

If funds will be transferred from the grant administrating organisation to another organisation that participates in the project, the overhead cost of each organisation can be applied. Declare and specify the different overhead costs in the budget specification. The total overhead costs for the project should be stated in the budget table.

Yes, it is correct that an average value should be calculated for the entire project time. Then specify the salary cost per year in the budget specification.

It is possible to calculate salaries for doctoral students according to the doctoral student salary agreement (doktorandtrappan); you can add the sum per year or calculate an average. It is important that this is further explained in the budget specification.

Updated:12 August 2020
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