Seed money

Last changed: 31 January 2019

The Grants Office provides support for coordinating large collaborative grant applications and projects in the form of seed money. There are three different funds available, each applied for separately. Please send in your seed money applications at least 4 weeks before the proposal submission deadline. At the bottom of the page you find more information on other sources of support at SLU.

 

 

Coordinators' premium

Coordinating the preparation of a large collaborative research proposal is often a lot of work. The coordinator’s premium financially supports you when you are coordinating a large research proposal with substantial collaboration. The proposal may respond to calls from either Swedish or non-Swedish funding bodies, including collaborative EU grants (RIA, IA, CSA), Life, InterReg, Vinnova, Mistra etc. The premium may be used to help you cover costs associated with the application process, such as travelling and organising workshops; however, you are free to use the premium as you find appropriate.

The level of premium available depends on the type of grant you are applying for and the total project budget:

  • Projects with international (i.e. non-Swedish) collaboration and a total budget of 10-20 million SEK will be supported with a premium of 25,000 SEK.
  • Projects with international collaboration and a total budget exceeding 20 million SEK will be supported with a premium of 50,000 SEK.
  • Projects with national (i.e. Swedish) collaboration and a total budget of at least 20 million SEK will be supported with a premium of 25,000 SEK.

The premium will be paid after the proposal is submitted and a copy is sent to the Grants Office. Where the application process is in two stages, half of the money will be paid to you after stage one is submitted and the remainder after stage two.

In short:

  • A coordinated proposal with substantial national and/or international collaboration
  • A total project budget of at least 10 million SEK
  • 25,000 to 50,000 SEK is available, depending on your project
  • Half of the money is received after stage one is submitted, if it is a two-stage process
  • You must submit your application to the Grants Office at least four weeks before the proposal deadline
  • The premium will be paid after the proposal is submitted and a copy is sent to the Grants Office

 

Proposal review support

A proposal review can help to improve the quality of large SLU-led research proposals. The Grants Office can provide this service and we would encourage you to contact us early in your proposal preparation process to find out more. As lead researcher of a proposal, you can also receive funding for an external expert to provide feedback during the proposal development phase. This expert can have either in-depth thematic knowledge or extensive proposal writing experience. The engagement of an external reviewer may reduce the involvement of the Grants Office in the proposal review process, depending on staff availability - this will be reviewed on a case-to-case basis.

Proposal review support is available for all proposals answering to national or international calls, with a total budget of at least 10 million SEK. The funds can only be used to cover the actual costs of the external expert, up to a maximum of 30,000 SEK per proposal. The Grants Office maintains a contact list of external experts; however, you are also welcome to suggest your own. Where the application process is in two stages, you may split the funding between stages one and two, in whatever proportion you find appropriate.

In short:

  • A coordinated proposal to either a national or international funding body
  • A total project budget of at least 10 million SEK • Up to 30,000 SEK is available
  • The money can be split between stages one and two, if it is a two-stage process
  • You must submit your application to the Grants Office at least four weeks before the proposal deadline

 

Training support

Strengthening the competence of researchers and administrative staff in the skills required for achieving, coordinating and managing large international research proposals and projects is the focus of this seed money fund. The Grants Office arranges regular training events for SLU staff and you are encouraged to attend.

When no suitable in-house training is available, you may apply for financial support to cover the costs associated with an external training course. The maximum support available is 10,000 SEK per proposal/project and can only be used to fund the course fee, you and/or your department must cover the remaining costs, such as travel expenses. Training support can be applied for by both researchers and support staff involved in the proposal/project.

In short:

  • Up to 10,000 SEK is available per proposal/project
  • Only course fees are covered, travel costs are not included
  • You must submit your application to the Grants Office at least 4 weeks before the scheduled course date

 

Other sources of support at SLU

The strategic platform for interdisciplinary research and collaborations SLU Future Animals, Nature and Health has funds to support initiatives in four areas:
Funding for detailed analyses, Seed money to stimulate interdisciplinary research applications, Young researchers - funding for research exchange and Funding for organizing conferences, workshops and seminars.

SLU Future Animals, Nature and Health