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Swedish Research Council Tage Erlander Visiting Grant Professorship 2020, Sweden

Publish Date: Jan 25, 2019

Deadline: Feb 26, 2019

Tage Erlander visiting professorship

The Swedish Research Council’s grant for visiting professors aims to give higher education institutions the opportunity to develop a subject area by recruiting an internationally prominent professor during a limited period.

Type of call

Research environment and collaboration support

Subject area

Natural and Engineering Sciences


Researchers who may be nominated for the 2019 visiting professorship shall be active within one or several of the following areas: Subatomic physics, space physics and astronomy, atomic and molecular physics, optics and and condensed matter physics, electronics, electrical engineering, semiconductor physics and photonics, applied physics, materials science.


Organisation. A representative of the host organisation shall be invited to be the project leader for the application.

Grant period

6-12 months

Grant amount

Maximum 1 900 000 SEK for the professorship and maximum 500 000 SEK for funding of a junior researcher linked to the professorship

Publication of grant award

No later than end of September 2019

Start of grant period

No earlier than January 2020

Eligibility criteria for applicants

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

Focus and nominated candidate

Holders of the Tage Erlander professorship are appointed from among nominated internationally very prominent researchers. The research areas from which researchers may be nominated alternates according to a rolling schedule. The researcher who may be nominated for the 2019 visiting professorship shall be active within one or several of the following areas:

  • subatomic physics, space physics and astronomy
  • atomic and molecular physics
  • optics and condensed matter physics
  • electronics
  • electrical engineering
  • semiconductor physics and photonics
  • applied physics
  • materials science.

The researcher proposed for the visiting professorship shall be the holder of a professorship or corresponding at the time of application, and must not already be active in Sweden. The researcher must also be aware of the nomination and what acceptance of the professorship entails. If the nominated candidate declines to accept the professorship, the HEI cannot propose a replacement.

The visiting professor awarded the professorship shall be employed by the administrating organisation throughout the visit.

For upcoming calls over the next few years, the following areas will apply:

  • 2020 (starting 2021): Geology and geophysics, ground, air and water processes, organism biology, ecology, systematics and evolution
  • 2021 (starting 2022): Mathematical sciences, computer sciences, signals and systems, technical mechanics, medical technology
  • 2022 (starting 2023): Analytical, physical and theoretical chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry and structural biology, cell and molecular biology, bioprocess engineering, chemical engineering and environmental engineering.


The applicant for the grant must be a Swedish higher education institution (HEI) that has been approved as an administrating organisation for grants from the Swedish Research Council. The application with a nominated candidate for the visiting professorship shall include a named researcher (project leader), who represents the department wishing to act as host for the visiting professorship. The project leader shall 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.

When the application is registered and signed in Prisma (see below), the HEI and the nominated department undertake to be responsible for the local hosting and all practical arrangements associated with the visiting professor’s visit to Sweden, if the visiting professorship is awarded.

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 contents of the application. More information on what to do in practical terms is available in our Guide for applicants.


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

Sections of the application

The application form includes the following tabs:

  • Descriptive information
  • Research description
  • Nominated visiting professor
  • Budget and research resources
  • Administrating organisation
  • Participants (only administrators in this call)

Descriptions of the call-specific information requested under each tab follow below.

Descriptive information

Under this tab, please state the name of the nominated researcher, their current HEI and country as project title (such as “Anna Smith, University of xx, USA”), project period (the length of the visiting professorship in number of months).


The abstract shall include a brief description of the following:

  • name, university and country of the nominated researcher
  • time (dates) for the visit
  • brief justification for the visit
  • planned programme.

Research description

Describe the ethical issues raised by the research. Also describe the plan on how to address ethical dilemmas that may arise. Please justify why the research should be carried out against the background of the ethical issues identified.

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