RJ Programmes 2022

2021/11/23

Each year, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond announces programme support for the humanities and social sciences.

Summary

  • Area: Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Applicants: larger research groups with a Swedish connection
  • Granted for: six to eight years
  • Application amount: The average size for previously approved programmes is approximately SEK 35 million, including LKP (employer’s social-insurance contribution top-up) and indirect costs.
  • The application system opens: 11 January 2022 at 09:00
  • The application system closes: 1 February 2022 at 15.00
  • Decision for first round:  week 17
  • Decision for second round: 27 October 2022
  • Programmes start: 2023

Focus

RJ Programmes are joint, well-integrated research tasks in the social sciences and humanities that a larger group of researchers connected to Sweden conducts over a relatively long period.

Programmes require a highly developed research environment or researcher network, with advanced expertise on the part of the researchers and the research leader. Typically, these types of research groups are well-established in the international research community and make significant contributions to national and international research.

Requirements

  • All participating researchers applying for salary funding must have completed their PhD by the application date (doctoral students may participate in the programme but may only receive a salary after completing their PhD).
  • When submitting an application, the research leader must have submitted final reports for any previous research grants from RJ.
  • The research leader may only submit one application to RJ Programme.
  • A connection with Sweden is required. This means that researchers active in Sweden (with a formal link to a Swedish higher education institution) participate in the research or that a Swedish research institute is actively involved.
  • There is some flexibility for budgeting recruitment of as yet unnamed project participants who are planned to be included in the programme. In those cases, describe why this person’s expertise cannot be identified for the moment.
  • Costs may be included for researchers active abroad.
  • The programme is to last six to eight years.
  • Each researcher may work with the programme at most 75% per year.
  • The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the research is compatible with the ethical guidelines established by the Swedish Research Council and that ethical review is carried out where necessary.

Applications

Applications are submitted through RJ’s application system. Familiarise yourself with the application form while reading the instructions below. The application must contain the following parts:

Summary

Write the summaryin Swedish and English. The summary may contain up to 1,500 characters including spaces and should explain why the research task is important, its purpose and how it will be conducted. Formulate the summary so that a layperson can understand it. If the application is approved, the summary will be posted immediately on RJ’s website.

Project description

Write the project description in English. The description may contain up to 80,000 characters including spaces. Include the following:

  • The research question
  • The purpose
  • The theory and method
  • The programme plan with subprojects and a description of the implementation of the programme
  • The plan for coordinating the programme and keeping it coherent
  • The contribution to the international research front
  • The researchers’ roles in the programme
  • The research leader’s and the researchers’ relevant skills and qualifications
  • The current employment situation of all the researchers
  • The plan for how information about the programme and the research results will be communicated, both within the academic community and in society at large. Learn more about RJ’s guidelines for open access to scientific production.

Budget

  • Name research staff. List them as project participants with their monthly salaries, employer’s social-insurance contribution top-up (LKP) and working time in the programme.
  • Add any salaries for unnamed researchers, including LKP, under Operating costs.
  • Specify SEK 0 as the monthly salary of project participants who are not being paid in the programme.
  • Report working time and salary costs, including LKP, for any non-research staff, such as assistants and technical staff, under Operating costs. Do not name them.
  • Specify and explain resource needs (salaries and operating costs) and working time for non-research staff.
  • Specify costs for disseminating results, including costs for open access and production support.
  • Do not list any indirect costs or university-wide fees (e.g., IT, premises and administration) in the application.
  • RJ adds an additional amount to each grant for indirect costs and costs of premises based on RJ’s own model for determining such costs. This also includes costs arising at other research units, both in Sweden and abroad.

Budget specification

Write the budget specification in Swedish or English. Specify and explain all budgeted costs. Unspecified or unexplained expenses will not be approved.

The grant administrator must approve the application and the project leader and head of department or equivalent must sign it. Mail the pages with the budget and signatures to RJ, or email these to the responsible research manager no later than one week after the deadline. RJ will process only signed applications.

Assessment criteria and review process

The crucial criteria for RJ’s decisions are the scientific quality, the international standard of the research and the feasibility of the programme.

A special review panel assesses applications. The panel consists of researchers from countries other than Sweden with wide-ranging subject expertise. The review process takes place in two rounds. In the first round, several applications are shortlisted for closer review. External reviewers assess the short-listed applications in the second round and conduct interviews with the research groups. Formally, RJ’s board of directors makes the final decision. No explanations for decisions are provided, but the external reviewers’ written reports are sent to all applications who proceeds to the second assessment round.