Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Formas' annual open call 2022

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.

Research projects that are judged to be outside of Formas’ areas of responsibility are ineligible to be granted funding and will be rejected before review. This includes research projects that do not clearly relate to environment, agricultural sciences or spatial planning.

Sustainable energy is a central part of sustainable development. However, within the Annual open call, certain delimitations are made with reference to the three areas of responsibility. The call does not include research projects that aims to/at:

  • develop methods or materials for the capture and storage of carbon dioxide (CCS) or the capture and use of carbon dioxide (CCU)
  • develop methods for energy conversion or energy storage
  • develop new or improved energy carriers, such as fuels, fuels and electricity networks
  • energy efficiency of processes where there is no clear and close connection to any of Formas’ three areas of responsibility
  • energy efficiency in the transport sector

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

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

You can apply for funding for Research projects for a maximum of three years (36 months). You can apply for funding for Research projects for early-career researchers for a maximum of four years (48 months).

No, a project must run all year round, that is 12, 24, 36 or 48 months (Grant for Research projects for early-career researchers only).

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

The Annual open call now consists of two grants: Research projects and Research projects for early-career researchers. The rule stating that main applicants (project managers) only can have one ongoing project at a time is applied to both grants.

Main applicants are only allowed to have one ongoing project grant as a main applicant under Formas’ Annual open call (Research projects or Research projects for early-career researchers) 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 2020, 2021 and 2022 you are qualified to apply for the Annual open call for 2022 and thus have the opportunity for new funds from 2023.

However, if your Annual open call project is funded for 2021, 2022 and 2023 you are not qualified to apply in Formas’ Annual open call for 2021. This is because you cannot receive new funds in 2022 as your previous project is still receiving funding from Formas. You have the opportunity to apply for a new project during the last year your ongoing project receives funding from Formas.

It is, however, fine to have an ongoing project from an Formas’ Annual open call if the project’s pay-out period has passed but the availability period is still ongoing in 2023.

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 main applicant are allowed to use the money.

Yes, you can. The rule of only one ongoing project per main applicant 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 full-time position.

Yes, the rule of having maximum one ongoing project only applies to the role of main applicant (project manager)

Weave is a bottom-up, cross-European initiative developed by European research funders to support excellent collaborative research projects across borders. It is supported by Science Europe, the European association of research funding and performing organisations. It is the first time that such a large number of funders develop an initiative to facilitate structured bilateral and trilateral scientific cooperation. It aims to simplify the submission and selection procedures of collaborative research proposals that involve researchers from up to three European countries or regions. It does this by making proposals go through a single evaluation procedure.

Each applicant needs to meet the participation requirements and eligibility criteria defined by their funder. The main applicant must meet the requirements and eligibility criteria defined by their national funder (Lead Agency) and each co-applicant must meet the requirements and eligibility criteria defined by their own national funder (Partner Agency). Formas is part of Weave through the Annual open call and the grant ‘Research projects’. Formas has started the collaboration with Switzerland (SNSF) and Luxembourg (FNR).

Weave – Simplified funding procedures for projects across European borders

Weave is for those that are interested and want to make a collaboration with countries within Weave. It is just an implementation on the existing Annual open call - simplifying funding procedures for research projects across European borders.

Yes, you can be involved in several projects as a participating researcher/co-applicant, but you can only be a main applicant (project manager) in one of the applications that you submit to the Annual open call.

No, since 2020 it is no longer part of the Annual open call. Instead, the Mobility Grant is now a separate call which opens in the autumn 2022 this year.

Yes, you can apply for one of the Annual open calls’ grants as well as in the Mobility call. 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 main applicant. However, you are not allowed to receive funding for a salary from Formas which exceeds 100 per cent of a full-time position.

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

The salary amount applied from Formas cannot exceed 100% of a full-time employment.

The appendix, Illustrations, is for pictures, tables and figures and can be uploaded as one PDF. The total size of the attachment can be a maximum of 4 MB in PDF format. The appendix cannot be used for uploading a CV. The appendix is not mandatory.

It is the date you were conferred and is on your certificate/diploma.

You may still be eligible to apply if you have been prevented from doing research during the period 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2020. Deductible time that may be grounds for granting an exemption from the eight year rule can include parental leave, sick leave, military service, political duties or other similar circumstances (which Formas deems equivalent). To claim deductible time, you must specify the approved reason(s), time interval(s) and scope with dates, in the CV section of your application.

Formas only performs eligibility checks on registered applications after the call has closed, so, you as an applicant are responsible for calculating the deductible time yourself.

Yes. In the budget you can add the salary increase per year or calculate an average. It is important that you explain this in the budget specification.

No. Salary costs only refer to staff for whom there is an employment relationship. All purchased services must be reported as running costs and they must be reported excluding VAT.

When a project is carried out in other countries, you must follow the laws and regulations that apply in that country and this is what you must confirm in the description of the project. This may, for example, be about which means of transport are permitted in an area where one is to travel to in order to measure biological diversity or which animal welfare laws apply if one is to carry out an animal experiment.

Updated:10 March 2022
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