Mobility grants for early-career researchers


Research projects in which you formulate your own research question based on identified societal needs in the fields of environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning.


Researchers who have obtained their PhD, diploma issued, no earlier than 1 January 2018 and no later than 31 December 2021.


You can apply for funds to cover your own salary, overhead and premises expenses. The projects can last 24 to 48 months.

Future: Open for applying: 2021-03-15 11:00
Last day of application: 2021-04-01 11:00

Opening and closing dates are preliminary. Dates will change.

When researchers move between different research environments, they disseminate their knowledge while learning new tools and methods, discovering new directions for their research and expanding their networks. For early-career researchers, such experiences are especially valuable. On an overall level, researcher mobility contributes to the creation of dynamic research environments that carry out high-quality research.

Formas’ mobility grants are targeted to individuals who have obtained their PhD (diploma issued) no earlier than 1 January 2018 and no later than 31 December 2021. Deductible time, as parental leave, sick leave, military service, political duties or other similar circumstances, may be cause for granting exceptions to the time rule.

The call welcomes research projects in which researchers formulate their own research questions. It covers all of Formas’ areas – environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning – including transdisciplinary projects. The research we fund should be of the highest scientific quality and can be basic research or needs-driven research for the ecological, economical and socially sustainable development of society. The call covers both national and international researcher mobility.

The annual mobility grant for researchers early in their career is scheduled to open for applications in March 2021.


Åsa Frisk

Senior research Officer

Updated:21 December 2020