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Funding opportunities

Here you find a selection of open calls, and below that a list of relevant funders. Note that all calls and news related to Horizon Europe will be posted on the Horizon Europe support page (left margin).


Open calls and opportunities

This list contains open calls that has come to our knowledge. We are specifically monitoring FORMAS, VR, Swedish EPA, Fysiografen, the facultys travel grants, Stiftelsen Oscar och Lili Lamms minne, and Crafoord foundations for open calls and opportunities. Other funders (see full list list below) are monitored to a limited extent.

News flash

  • IMPORTANT - Due to the changes in Formas annual calls, the deadlines for VR Starting grants + Project grants and the deadline for Formas Early career grants will coincide April 9 and April 10, see table below (links in the calendar below as always. NOTE that Formas deadlines may still change):

    Table VR and Formas annual calls 2024
    VRInternational postdocFeb 20
    VRResearch environmentFeb 20
    VRDistinguished professorMar 5
    VRConsolidatorMar 5
    VRStarting grantApr 9
    VRProject grantApr 9
    FORMASEarly career researchersApr 10
    FORMASResearch projectsFall 2024
    VRInternational postdocSept 17


  • NEW: Formas - Smart Build Environment: Digitalt samhällsbyggande i praktiken is a organisational call with an internal deadline for LU Jan 23 - contact Marianne immediately if you are applying! Deadline : 6 Feb 2024
  • Early career researcher (no more than 8 yrs after PhD) Discover the opportunities of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Deadline to express interest May 31 Link to
  • The Fulbright Arctic Initiative is open. Deadline March 1. Information Webinar Jan 31. Link to
  • Biodiversa+ upcoming call 2024-25 will be on the topic of Societal Transformation, pre-launch spring/summer, indicative deadline Nov. Link to
  • VR has released its planned calls for 2024. Link to
  • Formas has released its planned calls for 2024. Link to (in Swedish)
  • Formas i planning to open for 25 milj. SEK in the first call for partnership Agroecology (Accelerating farming systems transition: Agroecology living labs and research infrastructure). Link to (page linking further in english)
  • NAT100NS (EUfunded) provides support, matchmaking etc to facilitate the deployment of the EU Soil Mission (Living Labs and Lighthouses etc), and has a newsletter. Read more and sign up: Link to

  • Crafoord - Scientific research. Deadline Feb 1. Link to
  • Lund University - call “Get Started Funding” aimed at early career researchers from LU and UK-based LERU universities. Deadline Feb 1.Link to
  • Formas - Smart Build Environment: Digitalt samhällsbyggande i praktiken. Internal deadline LU Jan 23 - contact Marianne if you are applying! Deadline 6 Feb 2024. Link to (in Swedish)
  • Sten K Johnsons Stiftelse - Scholarships in seven different areas. Deadline 15 Feb 2024. Link to
  • VR - International postdoc, spring call. Opens Jan 17, deadline Feb 20. Link to
  • VR - Research environment grant interdisciplinary research. Opens Jan 17, deadline Feb 20. Link to
  • Fysiografen Travel grant, Young researchers - for PhD students (Last day to apply is February 26 2024, for travels started from March 25 until May 19, 2024.)
  • LU - Funding for initiatives for equal opportunities, gender equality and preventive work against discrimination within Lund University. Deadline: 29 Feb 2024. Link to
  • Energimyndigheten - Cirkulär ekonomi och resursanvändning inom planetens gränser. Deadline 29 Feb. link to
  • SFF - New support for writing an EU application. Deadline Feb 29. Link to
  • Forte - Annual call for project grants 2024. Deadline: February 2024. (Call not published yet)

  • VR - Starting grant. Call open Mar 6. Deadline April 9. Link to
  • VR - Project grant. Call open Mar 6. Deadline April 9. Link to
  • FORMAS - Career grant for early-career researchers. Note that the procedure has changes! Opens Feb 14, deadline April 10. Link to
  • LU - Stimulus funding – financing of visiting professor of the underrepresented gender. Deadline: 30 April 2024. Link to

  • Formas - Centrumsatsningar för ökad beredskap och konkurrenskraft i livsmedelssystemet. In Swedish only. Opens Feb 1, deadline June 14. Link to

  • VR - International postdoc, autumn call. Opens Aug 21, deadline Sept 17. Link to

Guest professorships relevant for Environmental Sciences and related disciplines


Yearly calls, information regarding next call (2024) is expected in January 2024. Previous years, it has been a 2-step with Step 1 submitted to LU March 1 latest, and Step 2 submitted to KSLA June 1st. A successful applicant is expected to spend a full academic year (9 months) at the host institution. The funding from KSLA is maximum SEK 1.3 million per visiting professorship. The total visit may be spread over a maximum of two years, if so agreed with KSLA. During the time in Sweden, the professor and the host department are expected to arrange a public seminar to highlight their research and its societal impact.

Source and further reading: Link to

- Invitation is expected during February 2024 - LU internal handling procedure has previously been developed and sent out by Research Services.
- Internal selection of nominees, deadline for internal pre-application usually in May.
- Decision on who can submit the application in July.
- Deadline for full application September 15
- Announcement usually in December

The guest professorship covers an entire academic year, i.e. approx. 9 months. However, the professorship can for special reasons available is used over a maximum of three semesters. Holders of the visiting professorship can, if deemed necessary expediently, divide their time between several universities. One of these must, however, be administrative and financially responsible. The foundation King Carl XVI Gustaf's 50-year fund grants a one-off grant of a maximum SEK 1.5 million as contribution to costs for the visiting professor's salary, accommodation and travel as well as family trips. Other costs such as management fees etc. must be paid for by the host university.


The purpose of the Swedish Research Council’s grant for visiting professors is to give higher education institutions the opportunity to develop a subject area by recruiting an internationally prominent professor during a limited period. Next call expected to open mid January and close late February (based on the procedure previous years). The call in early 2024 will have a starting date in 2026. Grant period: 6-12 months; Grant amount: Maximum 1 900 000 SEK for the professorship and maximum 500 000 SEK for funding of a junior researcher linked to the professorship.

Source and further reading: Link to

List of funders:

(Some may also fund experienced researchers)

Under construction

  • BECC. Link to
  • LU Faculty travel and research grants (February, September) Link to
  • LU Faculty of Science grants and scholarships Link to
  • LU Funding for commissioned education
  • LU Funding for equal opportunities initiatives
  • LU Infrastructure (March)
  • LU Oscar II scolarship
  • Pufendorf Theme (January), ASG (May, November). Link to

  • KSLA - several prices and awards. Deadline for nominations April 15 each yaer. Link to
  • Cefic-LRI Innovative Science Award (no award to be granted in 2022). Link to
  • The L’Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science Sweden Prize with support of The Young Academy of Sweden (September). Link to
  • The KTH Great Prize (proposals can be submitted on an ongoing basis). Link to


In Pivot-RP you can search for research funding opportunities in all scientific fields, from both national and international sources. You can also search for funding to participate in research conferences, and for post-doc funding. And you can sign up for e-mail updates etc. Read more and log in via the LU Finding research funding page:

Link to


Sustainability Forum Funding page

Sustainability Forum has a collection of funders and funding news in the For researchers section:

Funding opportunities on


Grants calendar

The Grants Calendar is presently not updated by CEC staff, so relevant calls may not be included.

The Grants Calendar lists calls according to the deadline date, and you can easily select the calls according to categories, type of funding or search by free text. To access the Grants Calendar you log in with your Lucat ID. 

Grants Calendar on


CEC Research coordinator
Marianne Hall
marianne [dot] hall [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se (marianne[dot]hall[at]cec[dot]lu[dot]se)
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