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Applying for funding

Welcome to the CEC guide for funding applications to external and internal funders. Here you find information about the CEC's internal process - who you need to contact, when and why - along with information on open calls and opportunities, and links to funders and support pages.

work flow funding applications

When you apply for research funding or other funding that is to be placed in full or in part at the CEC, in most cases you must get an approval from the CEC's director before the application is submitted. 

This applies for:

  •  all projects that include salary costs
  • applications for running costs over 40.000 SEK 

Example of applications that do not require approval from the Director: travel grants or consumables up to 40.000 SEK excl. OH.
(However, bear in mind that you still need to cover the OH, so in your proposal to the funder you have to include OH if they allow that. Year 2024 the OH is 45%, so if you apply for 40 kSEK running costs you add 16 kSEK OH.)

To get approval from the Director, you need to contact CECs Research coordinator. Please do that early in the application process. This is 1) to make sure that CEC can host your project and to address questions that in some cases may arise, for example funders not covering full overhead or require other kinds of co-funding, and 2) as a starting point for your full cost application. 

If you are a postdoc or a researcher it is very important that you contact the CEC Research coordinator early, since we have to make sure your planned project is compatible with your employment contract and Swedish employment laws and regulations ("LAS-regler").

Documents needed are:

  • A completed "checklist" (bullet points) which is sent to CECs research coordinator 1 month before call deadline if possible, see details in the link:
    Link to CEC Checklist on
  • A full-cost application which ideally is finalized 2 weeks before the call deadline. The full cost calculation is prepared together with one of CECs finance officers. Information and spread sheet templates are available on our Full cost application page.
    Full cost application on

Support to funding applications

CEC provides support before, during and after the application phase:

  • In the page Funding opportunities we have collected links to funders, and a News-section where we post open calls and opportunities. The page is found in the left margin or via this link:
    Link to Funding opportunities on
  • CEC provides general assistance to researchers applying for external grants which contribute to integrated environmental and climate research. The support can be in kind and financial, and is provided within the network CEC Fellows. More information in this link:
    Link to Support to research applications on
  • In the Horizon Europe Support page you find General information and a compilation of support available for researchers connected to CEC, CEC Fellows, BECC, MERGE and LU Land, Checklists for the CEC internal process, and a News-section with information on call drafts and and events connected to HEU applications. The page is found in the left margin or via this link, NOTE that HEU applications now have separate Checklists:
    Link to HEU General information -


CEC Research coordinator
Marianne Hall
marianne [dot] hall [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (marianne[dot]hall[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)
+46 73 046 16 73

Finance officer
Louise Berglund
louise [dot] berglund [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (Louise[dot]Berglund[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)
+46 46 222 15 65


Career development

Improve your tools for funding applications with a course:

A logical start of an academic career - getting that external funding (for early career researchers)

What is overhead and how does it work (approx. 30 min)

Access these and other courses through the Professional and Career development Portal (Kompetensportalen) at LU. There are also courses in Career planning, Time management, Academic writing - from procrastination to flow, Creating an elevator pitch, or why not an intensive course in Danish.

Click this link, log in to Kompetensportalen and scroll away