Projects 2017


Projects are well-defined research assignments in social sciences and humanities carried out by groups of individual researchers, and by small research groups, who have connections with Sweden. The researchers are free to define their own research task. Projects are approved for up to three years.

This year every applicant must register an ORCID (see


  • The project manager or participants who are rejected in the first stage of the application process two years running may not apply for project grants the following year.
  • Every participating researcher applying for salary funding must have obtained a PhD by the application date.
  • All project participants must, by the application date, have issued final reports on previous research grants awarded by RJ.
  • It is only possible to participate in one (1) project application, irrespective of whether you are a project leader or a participant.
  • The maximum project working time is 75% for each individual researcher per year.
  • Costs of non-Swedish project participants working in Sweden or other countries, and also costs of research stays outside Sweden, may be included.
  • 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.
  • It must be ensured that the research is compatible with the ethical guidelines laid down by the Swedish Research Council, and also that ethical review is carried out where necessary.
  • Since RJ fully funds approved projects, we normally do not accept co-financing of projects with other external sources of funding. Normally projects that have already begun cannot receive partial or full funding from RJ. The applicant is required to report any existing, ongoing external funding, and grants obtained in parallel with a project grant from RJ.

Assessment criteria

The crucial criteria for RJ's decisions are the academic quality of the research content, the feasibility of the project and its contribution to international research.

Review process

The application process takes place in two stages. Projects are assessed and ranked in terms of priority in one or more of RJ's review panels, which comprise Swedish and international researchers as well as some Board members. For the projects selected for further review, more detailed applications are submitted and then scrutinised by external experts from Sweden or abroad, whose statements pave the way for the review panels' assessment in the second stage.

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 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 9,600 characters including spaces. It is to be in English and list:

  • the research assignment
  • the purpose
  • theory and method
  • the project plan and grounds for the project period
  • contribution to the international research front
  • the internationally most important work in the research area concerned
  • the function of the researcher(s) in the project and their relevant skills and qualifications
  • the current employment situation of all research staff involved


  • Salaries, LKP (employer's social-insurance contribution top-up), operating costs and working time for non-research staff must be specified. Do not, on the other hand, state indirect costs and costs of premises.
  • Name all research staff. List them as project participants with their monthly salaries, LKP and working time in the project.
  • Specify SEK 0 as the monthly salary of project participants who are not being paid in the project.
  • 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.
  • For every project grant, RJ adds a grant for indirect costs and costs of premises according to the model applied by RJ.
  • For every project grant, RJ also awards a grant for internationalisation. This may be used for research stays abroad; inviting foreign research colleagues; travel to attend conferences abroad, as well as in Sweden; and language editing of manuscripts in languages other than Swedish. These costs should therefore not be included in your application.
  • For every project grant, RJ also awards a grant for publication with open access. These costs should therefore not be included in the application either.
  • specification of and reasons for resource needs (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.

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 32,000 characters including spaces, and must contain the same points as the first one but be more detailed and, in addition, cover:

  • account of international collaborations, if any.
  • plan for how the project and the research results will be disseminated, both within the scientific community and in society at large

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 reported and, instead, enjoys full freedom to decide on the scale of support that can be awarded.