The dates for the call are preliminary and are subject to change. The content will be further developed and finalised when the call opens.
Formas is a partner in the first call: "The way forward: a thriving sustainable blue economy for a brighter future" within the European Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership External link. (SBEP) with a total budget of 20 million SEK.
The first Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership (SBEP) Co-funded call pools national and regional financial resources through the participation of 36 funding organisations from 23 countries (19 Member-States: Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, 4 Associated Countries: Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, Türkiye and 1 third country: Brazil) responsible for funding research and innovation actions in the blue economy, with financial support from the European Commission. The total budget is about 50 Million Euros.
To be eligible, research consortia must include partners from a minimum of three independent legal entities from three different countries participating in the call. Self-funded partners including partners from countries (and/or regions) not participating in this Co-funded call are allowed but do not contribute to the minimum eligible consortium size. Stakeholder engagement as partners or self-funded partners is encouraged (according to national/regional regulations) to enhance innovation, policy, and societal relevance and ultimately the impact of the projects.
Before you apply
When writing the proposal, you need to read the call text and the national requirements.
Below the requirements when applying funding from Formas.
With regards to this call for research projects, grants can only be administered by a Swedish university, institution of higher education, research institute, government agency with a research mandate, or other primarily researchfocused organisations.
To apply for a grant in this call, the following criteria must be met:
- The principal applicant has obtained a PhD by the call's closing date.
- Participating researchers have obtained a PhD by the call's closing date. Other staff involved in the project do not need to have a PhD degree.
- The proposed grant recipient is identified as project manager on the application for the Swedish applicants.
- There is no upper age limit for the principal applicant and participating researchers. However, full-time retired researchers are not eligible to receive funding for salaries.
When applying for project funding, you can seek to have both direct and indirect expenses covered. Direct expenses include salaries, equipment and travel. Indirect expenses are those shared with others in your organisation, such as administration, IT and renting of premises. Indirect costs are sometimes referred to as overhead.
The projects must run over 36 months. Maximum funding from Formas is 300,000 EUR per proposal, or a maximum of 500,000 EUR per proposal if the Swedish applicant is also the project coordinator (regardless of how many Swedish partners participate in the project). The budget for the consortium depends on the available funding from other participating Funding Agencies.
Your application (including attachments) submitted via Prisma is considered a public document under Swedish law when it has been received by us. According to Swedish law, your application and its appendices are considered public upon receipt. This means that anyone can request and read your application. Information can only be concealed if it is confidential as defined in the Public Access to Information and Confidentiality Act (2009:400).
Formas has limited capacity to keep personal data confidential. Therefore, your application should not contain the personal data of anyone who is not a participating applicant.
If the project is granted funding, the popular science description and project abstracts, written in both Swedish and English, will be published in open-access project databases without a confidentiality review. Therefore, the contents of these sections should not contain sensitive information.
This is a recommendation: It is of great importance to Formas that the projects we finance are carried out in a way that maximises positive impacts and minimises negative impacts on the environment and climate. Therefore, we encourage grant applicants to design their projects to prioritise collaboration that takes place primarily through online meetings and ensure any necessary travel is as climate-smart as possible. We also suggest that measures for minimising energy use and other resource consumption, emissions and waste are included in your project planning. However, this will not be a part of the application assessment at this time.
How to apply
You apply first to the transnational call’s submission platform and then for Swedish applicants in Prisma
The coordinator of the consortium submits the application to the transnational call’s submission platform. The applicant applying funding from Formas must be a part of a consortium with at least three partners from three countries applying funding from Funding Agencies participating in the call. You find the information regarding the transnational call’s submission platform in the call text.
You, both as a Swedish coordinator or a Swedish partner, will be invited to submit your application to Prisma when you have been invited to step 2. You will receive an invitation from Formas and Prisma after the decision from the Call Secretariat that you have progressed to step 2. To do this, you need to create an account.
Information to be included in your application
You will receive an e-mail from Formas with information of the content of the application to that you will submit in Prisma after the submission of the pre-proposal.
After submitting your application
First, Formas verifies that the application meets the procedural requirements set out in the call for the Swedish appliants. If it does not meet these requirements, it is rejected.
The following requirements will be verified in this call by Formas:
- The requirements for project managers, project participants and organisations under “Applicant and organisation requirements” are met.
- The principal applicant who is responsible for other projects or activities funded by Formas has submitted any requested reports by the stated deadline.
The following requirements will be verified by the call secretariat:
- The focus of the application falls within the calls area of responsibility
- The focus of the application falls within the call’s topics. areas.
- The application is complete and contains all mandatory information.
- That the requirements of the consortium are fulfilled.
Read more about the application verification in the call text External link..
All applications are assessed by an external review panel based on the contents of the application. It is therefore important to write the application as clearly as possible and include all important and relevant information.
The applications are assessed based on the evaluation criteria described in the call text.
A decision on which projects are granted funding is expected to be taken in June or in September 2023. The decisions will be published on the Formas website the following day, at the latest, and you will get later an email saying that the decision is available in Prisma. Grant decisions cannot be appealed.
All approved projects must report financial and project findings to Formas within three months of the end of the disposition period. An annual financial statement must be submitted to Formas for projects that are longer than 18 months. All reports are submitted in Prisma.
Formas may impose requirements on how projects must be reported in terms of content and findings to enable distribution and utilisation. In such cases, more information will be presented with the approval decision. Formas may also require you to participate in conferences and similar events in order to create synergies and platforms for learning and knowledge sharing.
Results of research funded by Formas must be published using open access.
You must also have a management plan for the data produced in the project. If you receive funding from us, you must develop such a plan. This plan does not need to be submitted to Formas but should be presented on request. By signing our grant terms and conditions, you certify that a data management plan will be available before the research begins and that it will be maintained.
Formas shares information about awarded grants to SweCRIS External link., a national database of grant-funded research instituted by request of the government.