Time to apply for funding in the annual open call


Our biggest call, which allows you as the researcher to identify your own research question, is now open once again. New for this year is increased funding for early-career researchers through an extension of the project duration, from three to four years.

Increased funding for early-career researchers

We are now providing increased funding, a long-awaited change, to early-career researchers. We are doing this by expanding the project duration from three to four years and the total budget from 3 to 4 million SEK.

“The extended project duration allows for full funding for a doctoral student, for example. We see the opportunity to hire and supervise a doctoral student in the project as an important part of the development of researchers early in their careers,” says Alexandra Jeremiasson, Senior Research Officer at Formas.

We look forward to receiving your application

In the annual open call, we welcome applications within our three areas of responsibility: environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning. The purpose of the call is to enable you to tackle the research needs that you yourself have identified. Your application can relate to the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences or technology and take a cross-disciplinary approach or cross the border between research and society.

Annual open call

The 2020 annual open call in brief

What can you apply for?

You formulate your own question based on identified societal needs in the fields of environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning.


16 April: The call closes for applications.

Formas’ Scientific Council is expected to reach a decision on 18 November 2020 concerning which projects will be granted funding.

Mobility grants have their own call

Mobility grants for early-career researchers, which were previously part of our annual open call, will have their own call, with two application deadlines per year. The dates have not yet been determined, but more information about the call for mobility grants will be available in the spring. Do you have questions regarding mobility grants, please contact Lisa Granelli.

Updated:20 March 2020
Page manager: Alexandra Jeremiasson