Published: 2021-06-16 12:58 | Updated: 2021-06-16 13:03

Current calls, week 24, 2021

Tips from Grants Office regarding current calls

Swedish and Nordic calls


EU Horizon Europe Research Application Support: Leverage of Swedish Research – the Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF)

Aims to support Swedish researchers in the work of applying for EU grants in the Horizon Europe (HEU) program. The foundation allocates SEK 10 million for applicants who already have ongoing SSF projects or have completed such projects after January 2018. Selected projects will receive SSF-grants maximized to SEK 300 000 or SEK 500 000, depending on the applicant’s role in the proposed future HEU-project. 

Closing date: 1 Sep 2021

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International network grants for the sustainable development goals - Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS)

Supports joint projects with one or more global partners outside Europe related to achieving the sustainable development goals. Grants are worth up to SEK 200,000 for up to one year. 

Closing date: 2 Sep 2021

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Mobility for innovation, learning and knowledge exchange - Vinnova

Vinnova offers funding to give people active in research and innovation the opportunity to work in an organization other than their current one. The purpose is to strengthen contacts, insights and collaboration as well as competence, knowledge and experience exchanges between organizations through a stay in another organization. Grants are worth up to SEK 500,000. 

Closing date: 5 Oct 2021

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Project grant - Swedish Society of Nursing

Supports nurses who conduct development and research work, want to start clinical development projects or who are at the beginning of their doctoral education. The total budget is SEK 80,000.

Closing date: 15 Oct 2021

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European calls


ERC-2021-AdG Advanced Grants -- Horizon Europe: Excellent Science, EU and other funders

These support established, leading principal investigators who want long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project. Applicants should be exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions, with a track record of significant research achievements in the last ten years.  Applications may be made in any field of research, with an emphasis on the frontiers of science, scholarship and engineering.

Advanced Grants may be awarded up to €2.5 million for a period of 5 years, though an additional € 1 million can be made available under certain circumstances.

If you are interested in applying for an ERC Advanced Grant with KI as host institution, please contact KI Grants Office for further information.

Closing date: 31 August 2021


COMING SOON: ERC-2022-SyG Synergy Grants -- Horizon Europe: Excellent Science, EU and other funders

These enable groups of 2-4 principal investigators and their teams to bring together complementary skills, knowledge, and resources in new ways, in order to jointly address ambitious research problems. Each principal investigator must present an early-achievement track record or a 10-year track record. The aim is to promote scientific advances, to cross-fertilise scientific fields, and to encourage new productive lines of enquiry and new methods and techniques, including unconventional approaches and investigations at the interface between established disciplines.

As with individual ERC grants, Synergy Grants fund high-risk high-gain projects, and the sole evaluation criterion is scientific excellence, which in the case the ERC Synergy Grants takes on the additional meaning of outstanding intrinsic synergetic effect.

Synergy Grants can be up to a maximum of €10 million for a period of 6 years. An additional €4 million can be requested under certain circumstances.

If you are interested in applying for an ERC Synergy Grant with KI as host institution, please contact KI Grants Office for further information.

Call dates: The next call is expected to open on 15 July and to close on 10 November 2021.

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Workshops -- European Molecular Biology Organisation, EUR

These enable the organisation of workshops that cover different and evolving aspects of life-science related subject areas, and bring scientists together to present their findings.

Workshops should last between two and a half and five days and attract between 80 and 450 participants. Organisers may be of any nationality and can be based in any country.

Up to €39,000 is available per workshop, where €4,500 are allocated to travel grants and registration fee waivers and €1,000 for childcare grants.

Closing date 1 Aug 2021

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COMING SOON: Global engagement seed grants -- International Brain Research Organization, INT

 These support neuroscience societies, groups and organisations that would like to conduct outreach events and activities in their local areas. The events can include activities such as public lectures and public fairs; advocacy events with policymakers, educators, the media and the public; the development of educational videos or multimedia products to increase awareness; and other similar activities.

Closing date 1 Aug 2021 (Forecast)

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ECCO grants -- European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation, EUR

These support innovative scientific research in the area of inflammatory bowel diseases in Europe.

Young basic or clinical scientists up to the age of 40, or above if within five years of finishing gastrointestinal training or PhD graduation. They must be members of the society

A total of eight awards, worth €80,000 each, are available for one year.

Closing date 2 Aug 2021

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ECCO pioneer award -- European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation, EUR

This aims to encourage and support innovative basic or clinical scientific research in the area of inflammatory bowel diseases across Europe. Projects must be new, original and not yet be launched.

A multi-centre project group or a single centre may apply. All applicants must be members of the organisation.

Two awards €300,000 each for a duration of two years are available.

Closing date 2 Aug 2021

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US calls


Federal Funding agencies

Lupus Research Program (LRP) - Department of Defense, US

The US Department of Defense, under its lupus research programme, invites pre-applications for its idea award. This supports high-risk, high-reward research that could lead to a critical discovery or major advancement relevant to lupus. Clinical trials are not allowed and preliminary data are not required. Research must address at least one of the following focus areas:

  • understanding how lupus disease heterogeneity impacts risk of disease, disease presentation, clinical course and outcomes, including biopsychosocial studies, personalised medicine, variation in treatment studies, health economics, socioeconomic studies, environmental studies, and epidemiological studies;
  • understanding lupus disease heterogeneity, including strategies and technologies to subtype patients and understanding lupus disease mechanisms;
  • improving quality of life for individuals living with lupus;
  • understanding how the underlying genetic components and gene-environment interactions of lupus relate to clinical disease characteristics using functional genomic studies;
  • determining the pathobiology of lupus disease in target human tissues, including imaging studies, genomics of lupus in particular tissues and metabolomics.

The total budget is worth USD 1.2 million to fund approximately four awards. Awards are worth up to USD 300,000 each for up to two years.

Deadline:  Pre-proposals due by August 24, 2021, Full proposal due by September 22, 2021.

Funding Opportunity Number: W81XWH-21-LRP-IA (Idea Award).

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Idea Award, Prostate Cancer Research Programme (PCRP), Department of Defense, US

The Department of Defense, under its prostate cancer research programme, invites pre-applications for its idea development award. This supports new ideas that represent innovative approaches to prostate cancer research and have the potential to make an important contribution to the PCRP mission. Applications must address one or more of the following challenges:

  • improve quality of life to enhance outcomes and overall health and wellness for those impacted by prostate cancer;
  • develop treatments that improve outcomes for men with lethal prostate cancer;
  • advance health equity and reduce disparities in prostate cancer;
  • define the biology of lethal prostate cancer to reduce death.

The total budget for this programme is USD 36 million to fund approximately 30 awards worth up to USD 750,000 each. The maximum is three years.

Deadline: Pre-proposals due by 5pm ET, 2 September; applications due by 11.59 ET, 23 September 2021.

Funding Opportunity Number: W81XWH-21-PCRP-IDA

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High Resolution Mapping of Biomolecules in Brain Cells in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed), NIH

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will use the R01 funding mechanism to support discrete, specified, and circumscribed projects on novel molecular imaging approaches to establish high-resolution mapping of biomolecules in brain cells and regions during the course of aging and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Deadline: October 28, 2021 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): RFA-AG-22-019

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BRAIN Initiative: New Technologies and Novel Approaches for Recording and Modulation in the Nervous System (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed), NIH

Understanding the dynamic activity of brain circuits is central to the NIH BRAIN Initiative. This FOA seeks applications for proof-of-concept testing and development of new technologies and novel approaches for recording and modulation (including various modalities for stimulation/activation, inhibition and manipulation) of cells (i.e., neuronal and non-neuronal) and networks to enable transformative understanding of dynamic signaling in the central nervous system (CNS). This FOA seeks exceptionally creative approaches to address major challenges associated with recording and modulating CNS activity, at or near cellular resolution, at multiple spatial and/or temporal scales, in any region and throughout the entire depth of the brain. It is expected that the proposed research may be high-risk, but if successful, could profoundly change the course of neuroscience research.

Proposed technologies should be compatible with experiments in behaving animals, validated under in vivo experimental conditions, and capable of reducing major barriers to conducting neurobiological experiments and making new discoveries about the CNS. Technologies may engage diverse types of signaling beyond neuronal electrical activity such as optical, magnetic, acoustic and/or genetic recording/manipulation. Applications that seek to integrate multiple approaches are encouraged. If suitable, applications are expected to integrate appropriate domains of expertise, including biological, chemical and physical sciences, engineering, computational modeling and statistical analysis.

Deadline: October 29, 2021, May 02, 2022, October 28, 2022, May 01, 2023, October 27, 2023 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): RFA-NS-21-026

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Transatlantic networks of excellence in cardiovascular and neurovascular research, Leducq Foundation, US

The Fondation Leducq invites letters of intent for its transatlantic networks of excellence call. This supports collaborative basic, translational and clinical research coordinated by centres in North America and Europe in the fields of cardiovascular and neurovascular disease.

Each application must involve a North America-based and a Europe-based coordinator. Investigators worldwide may participate in the network. A network should have a minimum of three institutional members and a maximum of six. Network coordinators cannot participate in more than one network. Interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged.

Four grants, each worth up to USD 7 million over five years, are available.

Deadline: September 7, 2021 (LOI); November 1, 2021(Notification); February 14, 2022 (Full proposal); January 1, 2023 (Funding Start).

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Postdoctoral research fellowship, Dravet Syndrome Foundation, US

These awards are designed to support early-career researchers under the mentorship of an independent investigator. These fellowships are awarded to qualified applicants whose proposed projects investigate hypotheses directly related to Dravet syndrome. Proposals are scored according to NIH guidelines based on the quality of preliminary data, research design, feasibility, investigator’s qualifications, and overall impact. Grants are awarded for $50,000 (beginning January 1 of each year), intended to support a full-time research effort with salary and benefits (no indirect costs).

Applicants should ensure their proposed project addresses the needs of the Dravet syndrome community and DSF’s mission to support research toward better treatments and a cure for Dravet syndrome.

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree and be a clinical or postdoctoral fellow at an academic institution anywhere in the world.

The fellowship is worth USD 50,000 for one year.

Deadline: 10 September, 2021 .

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Research grants, Concern Foundation, US

The Concern Foundation is inviting letters of intent for the conquer cancer now awards. These are for young and innovative cancer researchers focused on cancer genetics, cancer biology and cancer immunology. Applicants must be junior faculty at the level of assistant professor and may not be in receipt of any major funding.

A total of 20 grants, worth USD 60,000 each per year for two years, are available.

Deadline: accepting applications starting from July 1, 2021 and with the forecast deadline on 5 September, 2021. This call is repeated every 2 years.

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