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Swedish Research Council Research Project Grant for International Collaboration within Rare Diseases 2019, Sweden

Publish Date: Jan 25, 2019

Deadline: Feb 20, 2019

Research project grant for international collaboration within rare diseases (EJP Rare diseases)

This grant aims to support international collaboration within the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (RJP RD) Call for Proposals 2019, with the title “Transnational research projects to accelerate diagnosis and/or explore disease progression and mechanisms of rare diseases”. Sweden, via the Swedish Research Council and Vinnova, is one of the 14 countries taking part in the first call within EJP RD, which rewards research of the highest scientific quality in international competition.

Type of call

Research project support

Subject area

Medicine and Health


EJP RD: Rare diseases


Individual researcher who participates as 1 of maximum 2 Swedish project leaders in a consortium with partners from at least 4 participating countries.

Grant period

3 years

Grant amount

The maximum total is 4.5 million SEK, or 6 million SEK if the consortium includes two Swedish participants.

Publication of grant award

No later than November 2019

Start of grant period

January 2019

Application procedure

Grant applications within EJP RD 2019 are made in a two-stage procedure, where a simplified version of the application, known as an outline application, is first submitted. Applicants whose outline applications are approved shall then submit a full application. Both the outline application and full application are peer reviewed, and ranked in competition with other applications.

The application to the EJP RD 2019 consortium call shall be submitted by the research consortium’s international coordinator.

As project leader representing a Swedish partner in the research consortium, you must submit the corresponding applications (outline application and full application respectively) via the Swedish Research Council’s application system Prisma in parallel with the international coordinator submitting the consortium application.


The applicant for the project grant must be a participant in an EJP RD consortium, with 4–6 partners from at least 4 participating countries. You can see full eligibility requirements for the composition of the consortium in the call text on EJP RD’s website. 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.

Grants from the Swedish Research Council shall be administered by a Swedish university or HEI or another Swedish public organisation that fulfils our criteria for administrating organisations. To apply, your organisation must therefore be approved as an administrating organisation. Please note therefore that Swedish researchers working for a company, for example, cannot be funded and may therefore not submit an application to the Swedish Research Council, even if they are part of a consortium application. However, Vinnova is able to fund these applicants.

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.

The consortium shall submit a joint application in EJP RD’s application system, which can be accessed via. You as the Swedish partner and project leader in an EJP RD consortium must also register in parallel a corresponding application electronically in Prisma , which is the Swedish Research Council’s application system. Please note that for practical reasons, the parallel call in Prisma for you as the Swedish partner will close a few days later than in EJP RD’s application system. This applies for both the outline application and the full application. Please note that following review of the full application, a “rebuttal” stage will apply, where you have the opportunity to respond to questions from the reviewers. Responding to this letter is mandatory. To the application form in PrismaYou create your application in Prisma by filling in the text fields, uploading information from your personal account, and attaching the appendices requested.

Creating a personal account in Prisma
Before you apply, you must create a personal account in Prisma , where you can save your personal and CV data. The information only needs to be entered once, and can thereafter be supplemented or changed as required. As most of the Swedish Research Council’s calls employ foreign reviewers, please use English when entering any descriptive text in you CV data. You can also input your publications for future use. Please note that no publications can currently be uploaded from your account to the application form. Please allow plenty of time to create your personal account. The applications you register in Prisma will be linked to your personal account.

What must the application contain?

Please refer to EJP RD’s call text and the application form in Prisma in parallel with reading the instructions below.


Foreign experts are involved in the scientific assessment of the applications within EJP RD 2019. Please therefore complete your application in English.

Sections of the application

The application form in Prisma contains the following tabs (applies to both outline and full applications):
  • Descriptive information
  • Research description
  • Administrating organisation
  • Participants (only administrators in this call)
  • CV
Descriptions of the information requested under each tab follow below. Mandatory information is marked with an asterisk (*) in Prisma.

Descriptive information

Under this tab, please fill in the Swedish and English project name, project period (3 years), and select SCB codes and key words. Please also fill in the abstract and popular science description as instructed below.


The abstract shall include a brief description of:
  • what is to be done: purpose and aim
  • how the research will be carried out: project organisation, time plan and the scientific methods to be used
  • what is important about the planned research
The abstract shall provide a summary guide to the purpose and implementation of the research. Please use wording to ensure persons with another subject specialisation can understand the information.The description may cover a maximum of 1 500 characters including blank spaces (approximately one third of an A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing).

Popular science description

Describe the project in such a way that a person who is not familiar with the subject can understand it. Describe what is to be done and why, and explain in what way the new knowledge may be important. The popular science description is an important tool when we inform about the research funded by the Swedish Research Council. If we grant your application, we reserve the right to use the description for information purposes.Note: The popular science description must be written in Swedish, unlike the rest of the application. For the outline application, the popular science description may be very brief. For the full application, the popular science description must be detailed and able to be used for information purposes.The description may cover a maximum of 4 500 characters including blank spaces (approximately one A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing).

Research description

Under this tab, please describe any ethical considerations (only for full applications), and attach the consortium’s joint application and any other appendices requested.

Your application shall describe the ethical issues raised by the project or corresponding. You must also describe how you plan to address ethical dilemmas that may arise. Please justify why the research should be carried out against the background of the ethical issues identified. How do your research questions and expected results measure up in relation to the ethical issues? Please also state whether the research involves any handling of personal data, or experiments on animals or human subjects. If no ethical issues are raised, please state this also.

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