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Swedish Research Council Research Environment Grant within Clinical Therapy 2020, Sweden

Publish Date: Jan 25, 2019

Deadline: Feb 26, 2019

Research environment grant within clinical therapy research

The purpose of the grant is to provide support for clinical therapy studies that are justified by the needs of health and medical care and are expected to lead to patient and societal benefit within a relatively short period of time. Therapy studies refers to both intervention and observation studies. Areas such as prevention, diagnostics, follow-up, implementation, care and rehabilitation are also included. The grant aims to enable a constellation of researchers within county councils/regions and academia to work towards a common research goal. The Swedish Research Council rewards research of the highest scientific quality in national competition.

Type of call

Research environment and collaboration support

Subject area

Clinical Therapy Research


Clinical therapy research


Individual researcher

Participating researchers

No participating researchers may be invited to join the project outline.

Grant period

3 years

Grant amount

The maximum amount is 20 million SEK for 3 years. The minimum amount you may apply for is 400 000 SEK per year.

Budget framework

A total of 240 million SEK over a 3-year period has been set aside for this call.

Publication of grant award

No later than the beginning of December 2019

Start of grant period

January 2020

Application procedure

Applications for research environment grants within clinical therapy research are submitted in a two-step process. First, you as applicant must submit a project outline for evaluation. Applicants whose project outlines are approved shall then submit a full application.

Project outline

In the project outline, the emphasis shall be on the research question and the expected patient benefit and societal benefit. The study design, method and materials shall be described sufficiently clearly to allow the feasibility of the project idea to be evaluated. Please note that there must not be any major discrepancies between the project outline and full application in terms of the research plan or budget.

The Swedish Research Council will make a decision on the project outlines in May 2019. If your project outline is accepted, you will also receive notice via email, including instructions for how to submit a full application. Relevant information from the project outline will automatically be transferred to your draft for the full application.

Full application:

The call for full applications will be open from 12 June to 27 August 2019.

In relation to the project outline, the full application must include information such as

  • a more comprehensive research plan, including specific interim goals to be reported back and evaluated on an ongoing basis
  • more detailed descriptions of “Call-specific information” (see below)
  • a full budget description
  • a full list of publications
  • participating researchers (mandatory minimum is one), plus their CV details and publications.

Contrary to what applies to the project outline, the full application must also be signed by an authorised representative of the administrating organisation.

Eligibility criteria for applicants

The following requirements must be fulfilled in order for you to be eligible to apply for the grant. We carry out checks to ensure unqualified applications are rejected from further processing.


The research shall be clinical-based and assumes access to healthcare structures and resources. Projects of relevance for this call are clinical therapy studies, aimed at producing reliable and implementable results that may be of benefit to patients and society within a relatively short period of time (within 2–10 years after completion of the project). National collaboration is a requirement, and the main part of the research in the application shall be conducted in Sweden. Of the funds set aside for this year’s call, one portion shall be allocated to projects answering to identified and prioritised needs for evidence, which is done in consultation with the Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services (SBU).


The research environment grant within clinical therapy research is open to individual researchers. You are the project leader and have scientific responsibility for the project. You must set aside adequate time for the project throughout the grant period, with a scope (activity level) that corresponds to at least 20 per cent of a full-time equivalent.

You must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or a corresponding foreign degree, awarded no later than the deadline for this call. The degree award date we use is the date you fulfilled all the requirements for a doctoral degree, such as mandatory courses, oral defence and an approved doctoral thesis. For applicants with Swedish doctoral degrees, the award date listed in Ladok applies.

At the time of application and throughout the grant period, you must hold a clinical position in Sweden, such as employment as a physician, nurse, dentist or physiotherapist. The scope of this employment must correspond to a minimum of 20 per cent of a full-time equivalent. You must describe your clinical position in your application (see instructions under “Clinical position” below).

Grants from the Swedish Research Council shall be administered by a Swedish higher education institution or another Swedish public organisation that fulfils our criteria for administrating organisations. Your organisation must therefore be approved as an administrating organisation for you to apply.

If you are awarded a grant, you must be employed by the administrating organisation at the start of and throughout the grant period and any additional availability period, unless the Swedish Research Council approves an exception. The employment must equal at least 20 per cent of a full-time equivalent. You do not have to be employed by the administrating organisation at the time of applying.

Costs and grant amounts

The grant may be used to fund all types of project-related costs, such as

  • salaries (including your own salary, however no more than corresponding to your activity level in the project)
  • premises
  • running costs (such as consumables, travel including stays at research facilities, publication costs and minor equipment)
  • depreciation costs.

Grants may not be used for scholarships. If a doctoral student participates, project funds may not be paid out as salary for the period when the doctoral student is teaching. Only additional costs in conjunction with clinical studies are covered by the grant, not other medical care costs.

The minimum amount you may apply for is 400 000 SEK per year, including indirect costs. The maximum amount you may apply for is 20 million SEK over a three-year period, including indirect costs.

The Swedish Research Council assumes that the administrating organisation will cover any costs in excess of the amount received.

Grant period

The grant period is three years, starting in January 2020. The first payment will be made no earlier than December 2019.

What must the application contain?

Please refer to the application form in Prisma in parallel with reading the instructions below, which describe the call-specific content of the application. More information on what to do in practical terms is available in our Guide for applicants.


Foreign peer reviewers are involved in the scientific assessment of the applications. To ensure fair and equitable assessment and efficient processing, please therefore complete your application in English.

Sections of the application

The application form includes the following tabs:

  • Descriptive information
  • Research description
  • Call-specific information
  • Budget and research resources
  • Publications
  • Administrating organisation
  • Review panels
  • Participants (only administrators in this call)
  • CV

Descriptions of the information requested under each tab follow below.

Descriptive information

The abstract shall include a brief description of the following:

  • what is to be done: purpose and aim
  • how the research problem will be studied in an overall project design, including patient selection, variable selection, data collection and analysis methods, and time plan. For intervention studies: please use PICO (population/intervention/control/outcome)
  • what the direct patient benefit is from the planned research.

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