How Formas is managing COVID-19


Formas is closely following COVID-19 developments and is adapting to the circumstances at hand. Are goal is that the calls that offer funding from 2020 and onwards to be implemented as planned.

We are aware of the many issues now arising from the current circumstances. Right now we are working intensively so that we can continue to carry out our work in a professional way.

We will update the information on this page continuously as we map out how the work should be done and any changes it could entail.

– We are taking the situation seriously and are doing our utmost to ensure that business continues to take place in a professional manner, says Ingrid Petersson, Director General at Formas.

The application deadline for Formas' annual open call has been extended two weeks to April 16 2020,14.00. The date for decision is still November 18.

In view of the current situation, Formas’ Research Council has decided to reopen its urgent call.

We understand that the corona situation can affect the circumstances in ongoing projects. We are therefore offering the possibility to extend the availability period for projects experiencing a delay due to these circumstances. Request for this is done according to the ordinary process in Prisma. It is important to describe clearly in what way the project is affected and how the delay will be handled to ensure how the project can reach its aims and goals in the new situation.

For projects affected by corona in a way that requires alternative budgets and/or work plans to be developed, please contact your responsible Formas contact person as soon as you see the need for such action.

For projects co-financed by the European Commission, please see the information on this page, under the heading International calls.

The calls that will proceed to the decision-making phase in the spring will be reviewed online. The dates previously announced for each review meeting are still standing. Formas is now preparing for a fully digital process in which review panel members manage the review process online. Of course, we will ensure that we maintain the same high quality in the review procedure as before.

If you are a panel member in a Formas call, we will contact you for more information.

It is important that we maintain continuity of research. Our goal is for the calls that offer funding from 2020 onwards to be implemented as planned.

Analyses, evaluations and systematic research reviews that we are commissioned to carry out will continue as planned.

Collaboration is vital for Formas. We are therefore conducting our meetings online. Check back on each event’s web page for more information about specific events.

Universities and funding organisations across Europe are under pressure, which is why several of our international calls have changed timetables. We are noting that several international calls are extending their application deadlines.

For those Formas projects that are co-funded by the European Commission, there are currently discussions taking place in some of ERA-Nets about how the current situation may affect the projects.

We will update the information on this website as soon as we learn of any changes.

The information on this site will be updated


Updated:7 May 2020