Infrastructure for research 2017


RJ's support form 'Infrastructure for Research' comprises initiatives aimed at making possible and promoting future research in social sciences and humanities. Grants are awarded for activities involving preparation for research, such as:

  • establishing new research environments
  • creating platforms where cooperation between the research community and other institutions is developed
  • making important archive and library collections available
  • setting up databases.

This year every applicant must register an ORCID (see


  • Each project leader may send in only one (1) application for funding of infrastructure for research.
  • The grant administrator must contribute to funding of infrastructure for research.
  • The applicant must report on permissions and any agreements that are required for the project implementation.
  • By the application date, the applicant must have a plan for long-term management of the infrastructure and a survey of reciprocal legal, institutional and financial obligations and rights must have been completed.
  • Professors can be paid in the project.
  • Researchers aged 67 and over can be paid in the project provided that the researcher is employed by a grant administrator approved by RJ.
  • Costs of non-Swedish project participants working in Sweden or other countries and costs of research stays outside Sweden, may be included.
  • Databases, collections and other material must be made generally available, free of charge.
  • If new research environments are established, grants for costs of premises may be allowed.
  • Indirect costs are not approved.
  • It must be ensured that the research is compatible with the ethical guidelines laid down by the Swedish Research Council and that ethical review is carried out where necessary.

Assessment criteria

RJ encourages innovative thinking and originality in infrastructure for research. The crucial criteria for RJ's decisions are the academic quality of the application, including the design and feasibility of the project, research needs, the international connections of the research and the long-term sustainability of solutions proposed.

Review process

The application process takes place in two stages. Applications are first assessed and ranked in a special review panel. Review in the second stage takes place by means of external experts' examination and, where necessary, the Chair's review panel holds hearings with the project groups.

The Board of the Foundation takes the formal decisions on research grants. Written statements from the external experts are sent, after the decision-making meeting in October, to all applicants whose applications have proceeded to the second stage.

First stage

In the first application stage, the project leader informs the head of department or equivalent that funding from RJ is being applied for. The application must make it clear whether activities in the infrastructure project lie within a central government agency's own area of responsibility.

The summary must be written in Swedish and English and may contain up to 1,500 characters including spaces. It should explain why the research task is important, its purpose and how it will be implemented. The summary should be formulated in such a way as to be intelligible to an interested layman. If the application is approved, the summary will be posted on RJ's website.

The project description may contain up to 19,200 characters including spaces. It is to be in English and list:

  • purpose
  • method
  • the project plan and grounds for the project period
  • how the project relates to existing infrastructures, if any, and how these are to be coordinated
  • infrastructural needs from the viewpoint of the research community
  • how the project relates to the international research front
  • the project participants' relevant skills and qualifications
  • the employment situation of all those involved
  • agreements and cooperation with the parties concerned
  • how the initiative will be received, maintained and developed further in the longer term
  • a plan describing how the infrastructure will be made available to the research community and society at lage.
  • funding from the grant administrator.


  • Name all staff. List them as project participants with their monthly salaries, LKP and working time in the project.
  • Salaries, LKP, operating costs and working time for all staff must be specified and reasons given. Do not specify indirect costs, on the other hand.
  • Specify SEK 0 as the monthly salary of project participants who are not being paid in the project.
  • Report working time for any other staff, such as assistants and technical staff, as well; but do not name them. The costs must be stated under 'Drift' ('Operation').
  • Resource requirements (salaries and operation) must be registered under Comments on the budget.

No unspecified or unexplained costs will be approved.

For conferences, workshops and networks that you personally wish to arrange, apply for funding in the Research Initiation support form.

Second stage

The application in the second stage must be approved by the grant administrator and signed by the project leader and head of department or equivalent and should be sent in by regular mail no later than one week after deadline. Only the cover pages with the budget and signature should be sent in, not the whole application. RJ will process only signed applications.

The project description in the second stage may consist of up to 64,000 characters including spaces, and must contain the same items as the first one but be more detailed and, in addition, cover:

  • account of international collaborationes, if any.

The application must be written in English.

RJ allows only minor corrections of the budget between the first and second application stages. RJ has no obligation to cover the costs that are applied for and, instead, enjoys full freedom to decide on the scale of support that can be awarded.

For further information contact Robert Hamrén.