All dates are preliminary.
Formas has earmarked a total of 15 million kronor to fund communication projects about sustainable development research. The projects must be related to one of Formas’ areas of responsibility – environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning – and must contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Agenda 2030. You can apply for a grant for projects that run for up to three years. The maximum funding for a project is 1.8 million kronor.
Complete call text will be available when the call opens for applications.
Formas is tasked with communicating research and research results within our areas of responsibility. Since 2015, we have been issuing special communication calls for proposals to support the real-world impact of research and research results.
The purpose of the communication call is to support projects that communicate and popularise sustainable development research and research results for the benefit of society.
The communication projects must be related to one of Formas’ areas of responsibility – environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning – and must contribute to achieving the SDGs. For example, a project might communicate information about climate issues, environmental concerns, the circular economy, food, agriculture, water use, forestry or sustainable urban planning. Applications from previous calls have involved popular science seminars, exhibitions, film/video productions, theatre productions, various kinds of publications, digital educational materials, games and other communication activities.
The grants in this call are intended to enable robust, innovative solutions for spreading knowledge about sustainability research to relevant target groups defined by the project.
Higher education institutions, research institutes, private companies, municipalities and other organisations can apply for a grant under the call. Note that Formas will not award grants to companies that are sole proprietorships.
Private companies and other organisations engaged in economic activity that want to apply for grants from Formas are subject to state aid regulations – for private and public organisations that engage in economic activity See “Provisions on de minimis aid” on the above webpage.
All communication projects that apply for a Formas grant must have a responsible project manager. In order to secure both the scientific and the communicative quality of the output, we require that the project group has both research expertise and communication expertise.
At least one person with a university-level communications degree or equivalent professional experience must participate in the project group. In addition, at least one researcher with a doctoral degree or a scientific committee associated with the project must be associated with the project. The project must be carried out by the individuals stated in the application.
We do not award grants for the operating costs of an organisation’s regular communication efforts, or for internal courses or projects that mainly relate to an organisation’s own educational activities. The grant must therefore be clearly linked to the project you wish to fund and must be used to fund activities that are not part of your ordinary activities or operations.