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Published: 2019-11-13 09:33 | Updated: 2019-11-13 11:11

Current calls, week 46, 2019

Tips from Grants Office about current calls

Swedish and Nordic calls

Forskningsanslag och stipendier inom allergiforskning – Konsul Th C Berghs Stiftelse

Konsul Th C Berghs Stiftelse delar för 2020 ut anslag om sammanlagt 1 miljon kronor i form av forskningsanslag och stipendier till allergiforskare verksamma i Sverige. Anslag lämnas företrädesvis till yngre forskare och doktorander. Ett särskilt anslag på 100.000 kronor tilldelas en forskare som disputerat 2018/19.

Closing date: 16 December 2019


Innovationsprojekt inom artificiell intelligens – Vinnova

Vinnova inbjuder ansökningar om medel för innovationsprojekt inom artificiell intelligens – kompetens, kapacitet och förmåga. Dessa stöder kortare demonstrationsprojekt inom artificiell intelligens. Projekt kan inbegripa bearbetning av existerande data eller test av AI-funktioner med hjälp av machine learning. Stöd uppgår till högst SEK 500,000.

Closing date: 29 January 2020


Postdoc-scholarships for research in Japan Short term – Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is a Nominating Authority for postdoc-scholarship for stay in Japan 1 to 12 months (Short). All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under this program. Costs for travel and maintenance are covered by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

Closing date: 29 January 2020


Short-term postdoctoral fellowship programme – JSPS/STINT

The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) invite applications for their short-term postdoctoral fellowship programme. This enables PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences to conduct research with leading research groups in Japanese universities and other institutions. The aim is to advance the research of the visiting fellows, and expand opportunities for young researchers to come to Japan.

Closing date: 31 January 2020


Medel till beteendevetenskaplig och social forskning – Clas Groschinskys Memorial Foundation

Dessa stöder projekt av både teoretisk och tillämpad karaktär, inom barns välbefinnande och psykiska hälsa i relation till hemmiljö och pedagogisk verksamhet i förskola. Anslag uppgår till SEK 200,000 var under upp till tre år. Stipendier värda upp till SEK 100,000 finns tillgängligt för doktorander.

Closing date: 31 January 2020


Forskningsstöd – Dr P Håkansson Foundation

Dr Per Håkanssons Stiftelse inbjuder ansökningar om forskningsstöd. Dessa stöder projekt inom medicinsk kemi, fysiologi och livsmedelskemi. Projekt med störst betydelse för de stora folksjukdomarna, samt projekt om kostens betydelse för prevention och behandling, prioriteras. Avgränsade projekt i behov av finansiering ges särskild prioritet. Stöd kan även ges som postdoktoralt utbildningsstipendium med bidrag till kostnader för värdinstitutionen. Sökande måste vara verksamma inom livsmedel och hälsa vid ett svenskt universitet. Yngre forskare eller nyligen disputerade forskare har företräde. Projekt kan ges stöd i upp till två år.

Closing date: 29 February 2020


Grant to host conferences – Scandinavian Society of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine

This supports scientific symposia within a field of clinical physiology or nuclear medicine, intended to stimulate Nordic science and collaboration, and organised in the society’s member countries. Grants are worth up to SEK 150,000, primarily for invited speakers and other fixed costs, for symposia lasting at least two days.

Closing date: No deadline

European calls

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN)-2020

The MSCA-ITN is a training network for Early Stage Researchers (PhD students). The ITN has three program subtypes: European Training Network (ETN); European Industrial Doctorate (EID) and European Joint Doctorate (EJD).  A Consortium is required; each application allows a maximum number of 15 students per project consortium. Applicants are Principal Investigators who are willing to coordinate or participate as a part of a Consortium, to recruit a PhD student(s) to KI. The MSCA-ITN call is open with deadline 14th January 2020.

Link to the call

For more information and how to apply to MSCA-ITN with KI as Host

For MSCA-ITN subtype “European Joint Doctorate” (EJD), you need a Letter of Institutional Commitment from KI, granted on the fulfillment of certain conditions. The internal deadline for submitting the required documents in order to be considered for the Letter of Institutional Commitment is December 8th, 2019, see instructions here for the required conditions.

US calls

Federal Funding agencies

Dysregulation and Proximal Risk for Suicide (R01 Clinical Trial Optional): NIH

A major goal of research on suicide is to improve our understanding of who is at most risk, why people transition from suicidal thoughts to action, and when to intervene (Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention, Short-term Objective 1.C). Risk is a dynamic process and suicide attempts are often preceded by acute stressors. While many studies of suicide risk focus on emotion dysregulation, fewer studies have examined arousal and regulation and how these domains dynamically shape emotional and cognitive functions such as response to reward, frustrative non-reward, cognitive flexibility and control, or decision-making. Very few studies in the NIMH portfolio on suicide risk have focused on proximal risk. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will fund research that will address these gaps by providing an understanding of the mechanisms of how dysregulation interacts with cognition and negative and positive valence in order to determine time-varying risk, and then to identify modifiable targets for timely interventions during highrisk periods.

Deadlines: February 13, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): RFA-MH-20-327 (R01), RFA-MH-20-326 (R21)


Investigations on Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases/Inborn Errors of Immunity (R01, Clinical Trial Not Allowed): NIH

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to advance the discovery and characterization of primary immunodeficiency diseases, also referred to as inborn errors of immunity, to understand the causes and mechanisms of disease, to enable early detection and molecular diagnosis, and to support the development of strategies to treat and eventually cure these disorders. Research areas supported by this FOA include, but are not limited to, identifying the molecular, immunological, genetic and clinical characteristics of primary immunodeficiency diseases/inborn errors of immunity associated with:

  • Predisposition to viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infections;
  • Dysregulation of type I interferon production;
  • Development of allergy, autoimmunity, auto-inflammation, and/or malignancy;
  • Dysregulation of metabolic pathways;
  • Abnormalities in hematopoietic stem cell function, development and compartmentalization.

More information can be found in the FOA.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): PAR-18-712 (R01)


Molecular and Genetic Characterization of Inborn Errors of Immunity (R01, R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed): NIH

The purpose of this FOA is to advance the experimental validation and functional characterization of genetic variants in coding or non-coding genomic regions that result in inborn errors of immunity/primary immunodeficiency diseases and to elucidate the molecular, cellular, and immunological mechanisms of these disorders. Understanding the genetic basis of primary immunodeficiency disorders is essential for their diagnosis, prognosis, and the development of precision therapeutics.

Deadlines: Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. 

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): PAR-19-078 (R01), PAR-19-079 (R21)


Obesity and Asthma: Awareness and Self- Management (R01 Clinical Trial Optional): NIH

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage research that examines the relationship between asthma, obesity and self-management.  It seeks to build the science of obesity, asthma, and self-management awareness.

Research Objectives

Examples of approaches to this opportunity include but are not limited to the following:

  • Test interventions that promote health behaviors for individuals with chronic conditions especially when other family also have chronic conditions and are at risk of exacerbation of their illness.
  • Identify novel technologies or other approaches for individuals, families, and communities to use that promote health behaviors and accessing/imparting/acting on health information and self-management
  • Determine and test effective methods for dissemination of interventions into practice and methods to sustain these interventions in the community
  • Develop outcome measures (short and long term) to assess effectiveness of interventions
  • Examine the use of decision support and personalized self-management interventions for those with existing health disparities and functional disabilities
  • Develop and test interventions aimed at helping the individuals, caregivers, families, or supportive others to better fill their role while improving their own health and quality of life
  • Identify barriers and facilitators to achieving effective control and maintain health and quality of life to inform future self-management interventions
  • Examine environmental factors, including built environments, diet composition, macro and micronutrient availability, total caloric intake, that may trigger, modulate or play permissive roles in the development of asthma and/or obesity and its role on management
  • Design intervention studies to determine the impact of weight loss to include self-management in obese individuals with asthma
  • Examine the gender differences in the prevalence/ etiology/ predisposing factors/ self- management/ drug efficacy of obesity and asthma
  • Determine the possible associations between an asthma-induced low physical activity life style (low energy expenditure) and predilection for obesity and effects on self-management
  • Examine possible relationships between asthma, sleep disorders, and obesity and self-management behavior

Deadlines: Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): PA-18-379


Research on Autism Spectrum Disorders (R01-Clinical Trial Optional): NIH

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage research grant applications to support research designed to elucidate the etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and optimal means of service delivery in relation to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).   Areas of interest include: Studies of the genetic and environmental epidemiology of ASD, Screening, Early Identification, and Diagnosis, Genetic Studies, Studies of brain mechanisms, Shared Neurobiology of ASD with Fragile X Syndrome, and Other Related Disorders, Cognitive Science, Communication Skills, Services Research. Please see the FOA for further details related to every area.

Deadlines: Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): PA-18-401 (R01), PA-18-400 (R21), PA-18-399 (R03)


North American Spine Society, US

Research grants
Research grants should focus on basic science, clinical or translational research. Basic research may focus on projects that further our understanding of the mechanisms of disease and developing novel models for prevention and/or treatment. Clinical research may focus on projects that investigate the epidemiology, prevention, and or treatment of spine disease. Translational research may focus on projects that move findings from the ‘bench to bedside’. NASS research grants provide funding for promising research projects by qualified investigators in the field of spine.
Budget: Funding amount and number of grants are at the discretion of the NASS Research Project Management Committee based upon merit of applications and amount of funding available each year. It is recommended that approved grant budgets range between $20,000-$40,000 per year. In rare cases and at the discretion of the committee, each year may be up to $50,000 per year. INDI max. 10%-15% of the budget.

Young Investigator Grants

One to two Young Investigator Grants may be awarded each year. Principal investigators may be any age.

Eligibility: MD applicants must be within five years of completion of training at the time of application; PhD applicants must be within five years of their post-doc training. Applicants may not have received previous grant funding from the NASS Research Project Management Committee.

Budget: It is recommended that approved grant budgets range between $20,000-$40,000 per year. In rare cases and at the discretion of the committee, each year may be up to $50,000 per year

Research Traveling Fellowship

The Research Traveling Fellowship spans at least five months at one medical center (other than the facility at which the applicant currently practices). The center selected by the applicant should have appropriate research facilities and agree in writing to accept the applicant if he/she receives the Fellowship.

Budget: The Fellowship primarily covers the costs of travel and housing and typically ranges from $3,000-$7,000. If funding for the actual research project is needed, please apply for one of the research grants.

Deadlines: February 10 2020; 11:59 p.m. CST (Letter of Intent), May 11 2020; 11:59 p.m. CDT All applications due (invited grants and fellowships)


Call for KI-Mayo Clinic Travel Grant is open
The Mayo Clinic and Karolinska Institutet steering committee is pleased to announce the availability of limited competitive funds for grant applications by faculty, staff and/or trainees between the two institutions to conduct collaborative interactions.

This year, the Collaborative Travel Award is offered. This award provides support for transportation and designated housing at the host site for the proposed period of interaction. Visits ranging from one week to three months are envisioned for up to two travelers.

Deadline: 1 December 2019

More information and documents about the call