Formas is planning a call for proposals for major projects that will conduct research that is highly relevant to the UN’s global sustainable development goals in Agenda 2030. In this call, Formas encourages researchers to provide major steps forward within their research fields that can guide society towards transformative changes that will help to achieve these global goals. The total budget for this call is SEK 100 million.
The UN’s global sustainable development goals, also called Agenda 2030, provide policy-makers, researchers and beneficiaries with a shared blueprint for goal setting, planning and implementation of measures for sustainable development. In principle, the goals bring together all the major global challenges. They address society’s development and people’s living conditions, as well as the safeguarding of nature. Efforts to achieve these goals must be grounded in a scientific approach that is developed during the research process and is based on experiences and new insights from sustainability efforts in practice.
In 2018, Formas implemented the call Perspectives on the Sustainable Development Goals. Seventeen projects were awarded planning grants for preparatory work on leading major research projects related to the sustainable development goals. Formas encourages project participants who were awarded planning grants to apply for funding under this call. However, you do not need to have a planning grant to apply.
The call aims to:
- Promote and make visible the contribution of research to the sustainable development goals.
- Create the conditions for major advances in research and transformative changes through a larger project budget.
- Strengthen the position of Swedish-led consortia in international sustainability research.
The call consists of two parts:
- Synergies and conflicts:
Part 1 of the call aims to fund research into how different sustainability goals and the efforts to achieve them overlap. Research in this call should focus on the linkage between at least three of the sustainable development goals.
- Humanistic and social science perspectives:
Part 2 of the call seeks a humanistic or social science perspective on challenges within one or more of the sustainable development goals.
Before you apply
Principal applicants must have completed their doctorate degree and be affiliated with a Swedish university, college, research institute or government agency that has a research assignment. Formas expects collaboration with beneficiaries to be part of the project, but co-funding is not required. Interdisciplinary and/or international collaboration is encouraged, but is not required.
Costs that qualify for funding
When you apply for project funding, you can apply for grants to cover both direct and indirect costs. Direct costs include costs for salaries, equipment and travel. Indirect costs are costs that are shared with others in your organisation, such as for administration, IT and renting of premises. Indirect costs are sometimes called overhead.
Grant amount and project duration
You can apply for a maximum of SEK 20 million for one project. The project can run for a maximum of four years and can start 1 July 2020 or later. Funds can be appropriated for 12 months after the end of the project.
We recommend that you write your application in English, since the review panel that will assess your application is international. You can write your application in Swedish, but it will then be translated prior to the assessment.
To apply for a grant, you need to use our application system Prisma. In Prisma, you must create a personal account where you will add the information you need for your application. The primary applicant organisation must also have an organisational account.
Read more about how to apply in Prisma.