Division of Planning, Enheten för forskning
The Vice-chancellor announces Career grants for especially outstanding researchers in the early stages of their careers ("junior researchers"). The grants amount to SEK 1 million per year for three years. In 2021, five grants will be awarded. The call is scheduled to be repeated every two years.
News in 2020: The announcement of career grants is only directed at junior researchers. The previous career grants for senior researchers will no longer be announced. The lower limit for career age has changed (the current interval is 4-10 years after the doctoral degree). Furthermore, the grants are linked to a career development program.
Proposals are received in the form of nominations, which are made in two stages:
The purpose of the grants, as well as conditions, selection process, assessment criteria and instructions on what the nomination dossier should contain are set out below.
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The purpose of the career grants is to recognize outstanding young researchers with the potential to develop into prominent research leaders, and to provide additional financial resources as well as support for strategic skills development. The grant is intended to facilitate the recipient’s development of independent research and acquiring of further qualifications. It is also an encouragement for increased risk-taking in research.
The career grant is awarded to researchers who have completed their doctorate a minimum of 4 years, and a maximum of 10 years prior to the date when the grant is received, i.e. between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2017. The date on which the diploma is issued applies.
Deviations from the time limit are accepted if the nominee has been on parental leave or taken part in national service since completing the doctorate, or for other valid reasons.
Grants are only given to individuals who are employed by and carry out their entire activities at SLU. Grants can be given regardless of the type of employment of the recipient. If the recipient leaves SLU, funds corresponding to the remaining grant period will be withdrawn.
The grant is valid from 1 July 2021. The funds are paid to the recipient's department but are personal and can be disposed of freely by the recipient. Researchers receiving career grants are expected to continue to apply for external funding.
In addition to the grant, recipients are also provided with a career development program. Through this, the recipients receive training in leadership, pedagogy, etc., designed according to the recipients' common needs, and will take part in a mentoring program.
At the request of the Vice-Chancellor, the recipient is obliged to submit a short report describing the main results and in what manner the grant has contributed to the development of research and the possibilities of establishing independent research. A publication list for the relevant period and financial accounting shall be included. The report will be used to evaluate the grant scheme as a whole in 2023.
The dossier must be written in English (unless otherwise stated) and contain the following:
Please submit the dossier as one single pdf document, marked with the candidate's name.
The dossier from the faculty to the Vice-Chancellor must also include a brief written justification focusing on the assessment of the research area’s importance from a strategic perspective.
The faculties and the Vice-Chancellor will also use the following criterion:
As regards the criterion of independence, reviewers must be made aware of the risk that male and female candidates are assessed differently in this regard (see ‘Observations on gender equality in a selection of VR’s review panels 2012’, report from the Swedish Research Council; in Swedish only).
12 November 2020
The call opens. The Vice-Chancellor invites the departments to nominate candidates.
10 December 2020
Nominations are forwarded from the head of department to the faculty.
22 January 2021
Nominations are submitted from the faculty to the Vice-Chancellor.
February 10, 2021
Decision on proposals to be sent for peer review
Peer review is completed.
The Vice-Chancellor decides on distribution of career grants in 2021
The first payment of grants to the recipients’ departments. In order to avoid build-up of surplus capital at the department, a smaller portion of the grant will be paid in 2021. The full amount of SEK 1,000,000 will be paid in 2022 and 2023, and the remainder of the grant will be paid in 2024.
The Swedish Research Council’s rules for deductible time are applied: “The Swedish Research Council's approved reasons for deductible time are parental leave, positions of trust within trade unions and student organizations, compulsory service in the total defense, longer illness (sick leave or care of children / relatives), general service (AT; maximum 24 months), as well as further education / specialist service for clinically active professional categories (maximum 24 months). Please note that we do not approve other employment, unemployment or holidays as deductible time.”
Background and justification for SLU's investment in career grants is described in the guidelines for SLU career grants for researchers