International Network Grants in Sweden

  • PHD
  • Up to SEK 200,000
  • 2 September 2021

Achievement of the SDGs is now less than ten years away. Global cooperation is central to solving the major global challenges we face. Much research is already available from the international scientific community that addresses the challenges of achieving the SDGs.

The call aims to create better conditions for international research collaboration that can eventually help to achieve the SDGs. More specifically, the call aims to give Swedish researchers the opportunity to establish and develop networks together with researchers outside Europe to formulate new common project ideas.

The planned collaboration should be jointly developed by all network partners, focus on mutually identified needs and based on equal collaboration. The funding is intended to be used for networking activities only, not research and innovation projects. The goal is for researchers in these networks to be able to apply for grants for joint research and innovation projects in national and international calls.

Collaboration must take place with researchers in non-EU countries, but the call has no other geographical requirements. Collaborative initiatives can be initiated, for example, with countries that have been previous beneficiaries of aid and for which collaboration must build new forms of sustainable cooperation, or with low- and lower-middle-income countries that face the greatest challenges in implementing the agenda.

The focus of the call is network projects within the areas of responsibility of all participating funders. The projects should run for one year, and you can apply for a maximum of SEK 200,000 per project. Some of the funds may be used to finance expenses for parties outside Sweden.


  • To apply for a grant under this call, the principal applicant must have obtained a PhD degree by the time the call closes
  • Participating researchers must have obtained their PhD degree by the time the call closes. Other staff involved in the project do not need to have a PhD degree.
  • The applicant must be the project manager for the application.
  • Grants may only be administered by a Swedish higher education institution or other Swedish public organisation that meets Formas’ criteria for administrating organisations.
    See Who can become an administrating organisation?
  • There is no upper age limit for the principal applicant and participating researchers. However, researchers who are full-time pensioners are not eligible to receive funding towards salaries.

Please see the link for additional details, such as what costs qualify for fuding.

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Up to SEK 200,000 for network expenses in 2022.


Please see the link for full application details.

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