Programmes 2017


Programmes are joint, well-integrated research assignments in social sciences and humanities carried out over relatively long periods (six to eight years) by groups of advanced researchers who have connections with Sweden. The researchers are free to define their own research task.

Programmes require a highly developed research environment or researcher network, and advanced expertise on the part of the researchers and research leader. Research groups of this kind are characterised by being well established in the international research community, with active networks and high productivity in terms of publication, both national and international.

The average size of programme grants to date has been approximately SEK 35 million, including LKP (employer's social-insurance contribution top-up) and indirect costs. RJ budgets for up to three programmes annually.

This year every applicant must register an ORCID (see


  • Each research leader (applicant) may send in only one (1) application for programme funding.
  • The programme period must be six to eight years.
  • The maximum project working time is 75% for each individual researcher per year.
  • Every participating researcher applying for salary funding must have obtained a PhD by the application date (PhD students who are already funded can take part in the programme and be paid from the programme funds after obtaining their PhDs).
  • The research leader (applicant) must have issued a final report on any previous research project for which RJ awarded support.
  • 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.
  • Costs of non-Swedish project participants working in Sweden or other countries and costs of research stays outside Sweden, may be included.
  • Some scope can also be budgeted for international recruitments of project participants who have not yet been identified whose activities in the programme are planned.
  • 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

The crucial criteria for RJ's decisions are the academic quality of the research content, the international standard of the research and the feasibility of the programme.

Review process

Applications are assessed in a programme group composed of researchers from countries other than Sweden. The assessment process takes place in two stages. On the first assessment occasion, a number of applications are shortlisted for further review. The applications proceeding further are examined on the second assessment occasion by external experts and through hearings. The Board of the Foundation takes the formal decisions on research grants.


The application must be approved by the grant administrator and signed by the research leader and head of department or equivalent. Only the cover pages with the budget and signature should be sent in, not the whole application. RJ will process only signed applications.

The summary, to be written in Swedish and English, may comprise 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 80,000 characters including spaces, must be written in English and must cover:

  • the research assignment
  • the purpose
  • theories and methods
  • the programme plan, with subprojects and a detailed account of the implementation of the programme
  • a plan for coordinating the programme and keeping it coherent
  • contribution to the international research front
  • the researchers' functions in the programme
  • the research leader's and research group's skills and qualifications of relevance to the research assignment
  • the research environment's strengths and weaknesses, and external evaluations carried out to date
  • the current employment situation of all the researchers
  • the publication strategy
  • plan for how programme information and research results will be disseminated, both within the scientific community and society at large, and the costs for this


  • Name all research staff. List them as project participants with their monthly salaries, employer's social-insurance contribution top-up (LKP) and working time in the project. Salaries for unnamed researchers, including LKP, should be added under 'Drift' ('Operation').
  • Report working time and salary costs for any non-research staff, such as assistants and technical staff, under 'Drift' as well; but do not name them.
  • Specify SEK 0 as the monthly salary of project participants who are not being paid in the project.
  • Reasons for resource requirements (salaries and operation) and working time for non-research staff must be registered under Comments on the budget.

Unspecified or unexplained costs will not be approved.

RJ's grants for indirect costs will be settled finally after negotiations with the grant administrators concerned. Even before these grant decisions are taken by the Board, a survey of the reciprocal institutional and financial obligations and rights must have been completed. This must also include costs that arise at other units where research is carried out, both in Sweden and abroad.

For further information, contact Fredrik Lundmark.