Infrastructure for research 2019


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.


  • Each project leader may send in only one application for funding of infrastructure for research.
  • The grant administrator is to contribute to funding of infrastructure for research.
  • The applicant is to report on permissions and any agreements that are required for the project implementation.
  • By the application date, the applicant is to have a plan for long-term management of the infrastructure and reciprocal legal, institutional and financial obligations and rights are to have been determined.
  • 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 are to be made generally available, free of charge.
  • If new research environments are established, grants for costs of premises may be allowed.
  • For every project grant, RJ adds a grant for indirect costs and costs of premises according to the model applied by RJ.
  • It must be ensured that the research is compatible with the ethical guidelines established by the Swedish Research Council and that ethical review is carried out where necessary.

Assessment criteria

RJ encourages innovative thinking and originality within research infrastructures. 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’ assessment and, where necessary, the review panel holds hearings with the project groups.

RJ’s Board makes 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 is to clarify whether activities in the infrastructure project lie within a government agency’s own area of responsibility.

The summary is to 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 is to 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 is to include:

  • Purpose
  • Method
  • The project plan and reasons 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
  • Tow 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
  • Local funding from the grant administrator.


  • Name all 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, LKP, operating costs and working time for all staff are to be specified and explanations 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 within the project.
  • Report working time for any other staff, such as assistants and technical staff, as well, but do not name them. The costs are to be stated under ‘Drift‘ (operation).
  • Resource needs (salaries and operation) are to be specified and explained under Budget comments.

No unspecified or unexplained costs will be approved.

Second stage

The application in the second stage is to be approved by the grant administrator and signed by the project 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 project description in the second stage may consist of up to 64,000 characters including spaces, is to be written in English and is to contain the same points as the first stage but be more detailed and, in addition list international contacts, if any.

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.

For further information, contact Robert Hamrén.