Seed Money

Last changed: 17 November 2020

If you are coordinating a large, collaborative proposal or project, the Grants Office can support you with seed money. We have three different funds available - a coordinator’s premium, proposal review support, and training support - and you must apply for each separately. Please send us your seed money applications at least four weeks before the proposal submission deadline or course date. There are also other sources of seed money at SLU, which you will find below.

Coordinator's premium

Coordinating a large collaborative research proposal involves a lot of work. The Grants Office can support you, and we strongly recommend that you contact us early in the process to discuss how we can help. The coordinator’s premium is financial support when you are coordinating a large research proposal with substantial national or international collaboration beyond the academic sector (multi-actor projects). Your proposal may respond to a call from either a Swedish or international funder, including the European Commission, Life, InterReg, Vinnova, Mistra etc. The premium can cover costs associated with the application process, such as travelling and organising workshops; however, you are free to use the seed money as you find appropriate.

Premiums of 25-50,000 SEK are available, and the level of premium that we will award to you depends on the type of grant you are applying for and the total project budget:

  • Projects with international collaboration and a total budget of 10-20 million SEK = 25,000 SEK
  • Projects with international collaboration and a total budget exceeding 20 million SEK = 50,000 SEK
  • Projects with only Swedish collaboration and a total budget of at least 20 million SEK = 25,000 SEK

We will pay the premium directly to your department after you have successfully submitted the proposal and sent a copy to us at grantsoffice@slu.se.

For two-stage applications, the premium is divided in two. You are entitled to half for stage one and half for stage two. The first half of the money will be paid to you after your stage one proposal is submitted. Please note, if you do not apply for the premium at stage one, we can only pay you the second half of the premium at stage two - the total amount does not accumulate.

Please send your application to us at grantsoffice@slu.se at least four weeks before the proposal deadline. For two-stage applications, you are not required to re-submit an application for the second stage

Proposal review support

A proposal review can help to improve the quality of your application. The Grants Office offers this service for large individual grants and large collaborative grants where SLU is the coordinator - we encourage you to contact us early in your preparations to find out more. As the lead researcher of an SLU-coordinated proposal, you can also apply for seed funding for an external expert to provide feedback during the proposal development phase. This expert should either have in-depth thematic knowledge or extensive proposal writing experience.

If your proposal is coordinated at SLU and has a total budget of at least 10 million SEK, an external proposal review is available to you (for both national and international calls). The funding can only be used to cover the actual costs of the external expert, up to a maximum of 30,000 SEK per proposal. We maintain a list of external experts; however, you are also welcome to suggest your own.

Once we have confirmed that your application for seed money is successful, you should make arrangements with the external reviewer directly. If you would like some advice on selecting a reviewer, we can help with that. The reviewer can send their invoice to the Grants Office directly, or your department can re-direct it to us within SLU’s accounting system - please contact us if you need any assistance.

Where the application process is in two stages, you may split the funding between stages one and two, in whatever proportion you find appropriate.

Please send your application to us at grantsoffice@slu.se at least four weeks before the proposal deadline. For two-stage applications, you are not required to re-submit an application for the second stage.

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 offers in-house training events for SLU staff, which we encourage you to attend. There are also many fantastic companies providing training courses and workshops which can help you to develop your proposal writing and project implementation skills.

If you are coordinating a proposal or project, you can apply for financial support to cover the costs associated with an external training course for yourself and/or any other SLU staff member in your project team (researchers and support staff). We offer up to 10,000 SEK per proposal/project, which can only be used to fund the course fee, your department must cover the remaining costs, such as travel expenses.

Once we have confirmed that your application for seed money is successful, you should make arrangements with the training provider directly. If you would like some advice on selecting a course, we can help with that. The course provider can send their invoice to the Grants Office directly, or your department can re-direct it to us within SLU’s accounting system - please contact us if you need any assistance.

Please send your application to us at grantsoffice@slu.se at least four weeks before the course date.

Other sources of support at SLU

Several platforms and forums at SLU offer seed money for various purposes, and many include support for writing research proposals. You will find some of these below. If you know of an initiative that you would like to add to this list, please contact us at grantsoffice@slu.se

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