Pappersrullar

Funding guide

Grant policy

The Foundation mainly supports research projects and education related to the humanities and learning.

The Foundation awards grants to Swedish universities and similar research and education institutions within the following areas:

  • Research projects with high scientific potential; researcher-initiated projects of the highest international standards focusing on a coherent scientific issue.

In addition, the Foundation supports children and youth projects run by established non-profit national organizations, academies, museums and universities.

Operating grants are not awarded, nor are funds granted to individuals.

Priority projects include new research areas and research of a cross-border nature, preferably with a focus on IT and digital media.

Applications must be prioritized by the vice-chancellor (or the person designated by the vice-chancellor to represent him or her) at the university where the principal investigator is employed. For other institutions the head of operations must prioritize.

The Foundation sends applications out for peer review.

Publishing

Research funded by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation must be published with open access, that is, published articles must be archived in openly searchable databases. The additional cost for this can be taken up as a direct cost in project applications.

Other

Direct applications to the Foundation concerning travels, conference fees etc. will not be accepted. No grants for individual education are awarded, except for the Foundation’s stipend programs. Grants for reconstruction of buildings or interior design or publishing are normally not accepted. Grants are only awarded to non-profit organizations.
 

Current calls

deadline for applications
25
March 2020

Global Issues - Integrating Different Perspectives on Cultural Heritage and Change

The call is a joint funding initiative of Compagnia di San Paolo (Italy), Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Sweden), The Wallenberg Foundations (Sweden) and the Volkswagen Foundation (Germany).

The participating foundations are part of an overarching framework entitled 'Global Issues – Integrating Different Perspectives', which aims to enable international research collaboration and to generate insights on understudied issues of urgent global relevance. This funding framework is the overarching umbrella for various calls on different thematic areas, all of which reflect challenges that have been acknowledged by the United Nations' sustainable development agenda as requiring specific attention.

Global Issues aims to support and strengthen innovative research in collaboration between researchers based in different parts of the world who usually do not join forces. By offering funding for international collaboration, the foundations intend to unite different research perspectives and approaches, and to allow for the development of a global perspective on the issues under consideration, which may challenge traditional or regionally limited perspectives and open new ways of thinking. The foundations strongly encourage research that moves beyond traditional questions and approaches and significantly advances the current state of the art.

Thematic Call: Integrating Different Perspectives on Cultural Heritage and Change

While much of the discourse surrounding the development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is strongly focused on economic, ecological, and social aspects of development, the cultural dimension has been less emphasised. Yet, culture also plays an important role in fostering sustainable development and should be included in strategies and approaches for reaching a sustainable future. This insight is now motivating a call for funding focusing on cultural heritage and change.

Cultural heritage ranging from the tangible to the intangible, from narratives and practices to monuments, landscapes and objects, is subject to a variety of processes of change and transformation. War, terrorism, environmental change, tourism, and digitalization – these are only a few examples of a wide variety of processes affecting and potentially threatening the world's cultural heritage and impacting upon people's lives, including aspects of self-conception, identity, origin, and socialization.

Based on various exchanges with the research community from a broad set of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, the foundations encourage multilateral research teams from all relevant fields of study to investigate the processes and research questions of cultural heritage –heritage as an agent for and an object of change. While the disciplinary focus within the research groups should be on humanities and social sciences, input from other disciplines is welcome wherever appropriate. The research should address processes performed by a certain sense of urgency resulting from global developments in the 21st century and adopt either a regional or comparative perspective. Furthermore, meta-studies that analyse earlier scientific investigations might be included in order to contribute to cumulative knowledge within this field.

Applications may address one or more of the following areas of special interest:

  • Theoretical development of heritage including conceptual analyses of what is regarded as 'cultural heritage' and 'change' and by whom.
  • Contributions of cultural heritage to an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable future. Conflicts of interest between the preservation of heritage on the one hand and contemporary needs of the respective population on the other hand.
  • Consequences of the use of ICTs in relation to cultural heritage. Today advanced technology enters most domains of the use of cultural heritage through digital communication, media infrastructures and artificial intelligence.
  • Threats to heritage such as war, terrorism, or climate change. Natural and man-made hazards, particularly worsened by the effects of climate change events, are persistently putting heritage, including landscape, under pressure, with an increasing frequency over time. In addition, such disasters and catastrophes impose new and continuously changing challenges and urgently needs innovative safeguarding approaches.

Scope

Global challenges and a sustainable future for all require global approaches. Therefore, all thematic calls within the Global Issues-framework offer support for international multilateral research teams. They also encourage attempts to establish symmetric partnerships.

Each research team may consist of three to five researchers, involving at least one researcher based in Sweden, Germany or Italy and two researchers based in non-European Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) (for a four- or five-person consortium: one or two researchers based in High Income Countries (HICs), two or three based in LMICs). Please note that purely European partnerships are excluded from this call.

Furthermore, in order to encourage creative international research constellations and building networks across the globe, the programme also seeks to strengthen academic capacity development, i.e. the qualification of junior researchers (Junior scholars are here defined as being within 5 years from Ph.D). This call targets applicants at all career levels post-Ph.D. who are employed by a university or research institution. At the same time this call encourages applicants to also include doctoral students in the research activities, even if these costs will have to be financed by other sources.

Budget

The project duration should be up to four years with a maximum gross budget of 1.5 million Euro per project. The budget may include salaries as well as expenses, such as travel costs, consumables, acquisition of data, etc. Personnel costs for the researchers involved will be covered according to local standards. Project participants may include some budget for longer stays at their partner institutions. With respect to the funds granted, the foundations expect a relatively even distribution amongst the different partners.

In addition, funds to finance part time administrative support may be included in the budget to a reasonable extent. Any additional indirect costs that might occur may be included in the proposal and depend on approval.

Project teams can apply for funds to cover science communication measures (beyond academic output such as knowledge dissemination and public engagement activities). Furthermore, projects are also encouraged to include costs related to outreach initiatives and the involvement of various relevant stakeholders outside academia.

Each proposal has one main applicant responsible for the entire project and funds granted to successful projects will only be paid to one grant administrator (based at a research institution in Germany, Italy or Sweden), who will be responsible for financial reporting of the grant in total.

Pre-proposals may also budget for a preparatory meeting of all partners to develop the full proposal (up to 10,000 EUR). These funds will be granted in case the pre-proposal was positively reviewed.

Review process

The application process is organized in two phases. This is a call for pre-proposals to be submitted by 25 March 2020 (midday, CET). Applications must be submitted in English. They will be reviewed and assessed by an international expert panel which will shortlist groups who will be invited to submit a full proposal. The international experts will review the applications using criteria which include scientific quality, potential, and originality of the project as well as the feasibility of the research design, theory and methods. In addition, the make-up of the research group and the envisaged equality of partners will be taken into consideration. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their project at a review panel meeting.

The foundations do not provide any feedback or comments on submitted proposals.

Timeline:

  • Deadline for pre-proposals: 25 March 2020
  • Invitation to submit full proposals: end of June 2020
  • Deadline for submitting full proposals: 25 November 2020
  • Interviews with short-listed research teams: 9-10 February 2021
  • Decisions: Spring 2021

Application Checklist

Applications must be submitted using the Volkswagen Foundation's electronic application system. Please, familiarise yourself with the system prior to the deadline. With your submission, you need to provide the following information: Full name and office address of the applicant, intended grant administrator, and brief information on the project (brief informative title, duration, and total budget). In the application system, you are also required to submit a total budget in Euro (gross amount; project-related costs), separately for each team member. It is sufficient to use the respective form on the application system at this stage and fill in the categories mentioned there (salaries (based on local standards), travel costs, science and communication measures, consumables, technical equipment/acquisition of data, and costs for outreach activities).

In addition, the following documents need to be provided as "enclosures" (pdf-files):

  • Signature Sheet (signed by all team members, scanned or electronic signatures are accepted)
  • Summary of the project (maximum of 2,500 characters, incl. spaces)
  • Description of proposed research project (17,000 characters, incl. spaces/max. 5 pages), including the following information:
    - aim of the project and research questions
    - theoretical framework
    - methodological approach
    - state of the art/significance for the field
    - participants and their tasks within the project
    - organisation of the team and work plan
    - list of referenced literature
  • Short CV's of all team members (no more than 2 pages each)
  • In addition to the general budget, pre-proposals may also include extra costs for an optional preparatory meeting of all partners to develop the full proposal (up to 10,000 EUR). These funds will be granted in case the pre-proposal was positively reviewed.

 

deadline for applications
1
April 2020

Project grants including WASP-HS

The Foundation mainly supports research in the humanities and learning.

The application period begins March 1.

The Foundation mainly supports research projects with high scientific potential. Projects should be focused on a coherent research question.

The grant must not merely constitute auxiliary funding for current operations or other projects in progress. Projects normally have a budget of between SEK 1 million and SEK 5 million. Projects can have a duration of three to five years.

The Foundation mainly supports research in the humanities and learning. Priority projects include new research areas and research of a cross-border nature, preferably with a focus on IT and digital media.

WASP-HS

MAW is supporting the program WASP-HS within humanities and society. As a complement to this initiative the Foundation is, in the 2020 call for project grants, interested to receive applications within the field of  human and social consequences and challenges of AI and autonomous systems with focus on: 

  • Human wellbeing, healthcare, welfare, and environmental sustainability
  • Equality, inequality, fairness, inclusion and diversity
  • Democracy, social trust, governance, justice, data protection and privacy
  • Economy, business, organization and work
  • Human learning

Who can apply?

An application can be made by individual researchers or research groups connected to a Swedish institution of higher education or other scientific research institutions. An application can also be submitted by the management of a Swedish institution of higher education or other scientific research institutions.

Applications from individuals without a long-term connection to a Swedish academic institution are not considered.

 Application period

The application period begins March 1. Last day of application April 1 until midnight.

Guidelines

  • The Foundation mainly supports research in the humanities and learning
  • Priority projects include new research areas and research of a cross-border nature, preferably with a focus on IT and digital media
  • The Foundations supports investigator-initiated projects of the highest international standard
  • Projects should be focused on a coherent research question
  • The application must have undergone internal prioritization and be prioritized by the vice-chancellor (or the person designated by the vice-chancellor to represent him or her) or equivalent
  • The grant must not merely constitute auxiliary funding for current operations or other projects in progress
  • PIs must have a long-term association with a Swedish institution of higher education, and spend at least 70 % of their position/working time in Sweden. Co-investigators must spend at least 50 % of their position/working time in Sweden
  • An individual researcher is only allowed to participate in two ongoing projects, and act as a PI on one of these
  • Projects normally have a budget of between SEK 1 million and SEK 5 million with a duration of three to five years
  • Grants for equipment necessary to the project are approved through financing of depreciation costs
  • A project can only be subject for reviewing at two separate application periods

Grants for equipment are normally awarded as part of a project in which the cost of the equipment is directly related to the scientific operations of the project. Equipment is financed through depreciation, which must be calculated linearly across its entire economic/scientific life, not merely across the project period sought. Procurement must take place no later than 2 years after the project starts, and depreciation can thereby commence and be sought for 2 years longer than other costs.

Application

In the e-application the compulsory data and appendices are stated. It is important that the application is extensive and complete for a correct handling of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

In the application the following must be stated/attached:

  • The vice-chancellor’s or equivalent’s certification
  • CVs of the PI and the co-investigators
  • A list of ten selected  publications per applicant
  • A comprehensive project description in English, must not exceed 10 pages, 12 p font
  • A popularly pitched summary in English, max 2 000 characters incl. space
  • A popularly pitched summary in Swedish, max 3 500 characters incl. space
  • A text (max 1 A4), with a specification of the expected significance of the proposed research for the understanding of autonomous systems and AI
  • A project budget, using the Foundation’s template 
  • If the project is co-funded by the applicant’s own higher-education institution and other financiers
  • If funding has been applied for, will be applied for, or has been received for the same purposes from another organization

Decision

The decisions of the Board of Directors will be sent to the applicants by letter and information about approved grants will be posted on the Foundation’s web site when the board minutes have been approved.

Publishing

Research funded by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation must be published with open access, i.e. published articles must be archived in open searchable databases. Extra costs for open access may be included as a direct cost in the application.

Processing of personal data

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deadline for applications
1
June 2020

Program for art history and archeology

With focus on research that concerns Swedish and Nordic material.

The application period begins May 1. 

The Foundation announces a call for a program for research within art history and archeology with focus on research that concerns Swedish and Nordic material. 

Who can apply?

An application can be made by a Swedish institution of higher education or other scientific research institutions. The PI must have a Ph.D. in archeology, art history or other topic within cultural history with focus on research that concerns Swedish and Nordic material. The PI must have a long-term connection to a Swedish academic institution.

Application period

The application period begins May 1. Last day of application June 1 until midnight.

Application

In the e-application the compulsory data and appendices are stated. It is important that the application is extensive and complete for a correct handling of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

In the application the following must be stated/attached:

  • The vice-chancellor’s or equivalent’s certification
  • CVs of the PI and the co-investigators (max 2 A4s per person)
  • A list of ten selected  publications per applicant A comprehensive project description in English, must not exceed 10 pages, 12 p font
  • A popularly pitched summary in English, max 2 000 characters incl. space
  • A popularly pitched summary in Swedish, max 3 500 characters incl. space
  • A project budget, using the Foundation’s template 
  • If funding has been applied for, will be applied for, or has been received for the same purposes from another organization

Decision

The decisions of the Board of Directors will be sent to the applicants by letter and information about approved grants will be posted on the Foundation’s web site when the board minutes have been approved.

Publishing

Research funded by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation must be published with open access, i.e. published articles must be archived in open searchable databases. Extra costs for open access may be included as a direct cost in the application.

Processing of personal data

See the Foundation’s Privacy Policy

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Requisitions

Please observe the following for requisitions: 
 

  • Remuneration is for actual costs incurred. Advances are granted only in exceptional cases.

  • In requisitions, consideration must always be given to budget, grant letter, and special conditions

  • A Profit & Loss statement (P&L) for the project from the accounting system for the project must always be enclosed

  • The balancing requisition form must be completed and enclosed

  • In connection with the final requisitioning, a financial summary of the entire grant must be appended.

Note that the grant recipient always has full responsibility as employer as well as responsibility for any scholarships awarded.

Funds may only be used for the purpose stated in the grant letter. Administrative costs or additional costs for unspecified purposes may not be offset against the grant.

The utilization period for the grant is stated in the grant letter. Prolongation will be accepted only in exceptional circumstances, and only upon written request.

Any funds remaining undisbursed upon maturity of the grant period will automatically revert to the Foundation.

Disbursement

Disbursement requisitions received by the Foundation prior to the 10th day of each month are paid out at the end of that month, provided the requisition is correct.

Requisitions are to be sent by ordinary mail to the address below.

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Reporting

Funded projects must be started on January 1 or July 1 of the year following the date of the decision. If this is not feasible, the Foundation must be informed in writing and a new projected starting date be assigned.

Financial reporting is to be done in conjunction with the requisitioning of funds. Furthermore, in connection with the final requisitioning, a financial summary of the entire grant must be appended. The Foundation reserves the right to review the project with the purpose of controlling that the funds have been used to the approved purpose.

In accordance with the conditions in the grant letter and without notice, a scientific report must be submitted to the Foundation along with, where appropriate, a list of scientific publications that mention the support provided by the Foundation.

All reports are to be submitted via e-mail to maw@wfab.se

The reporting requirement also applies to equipment projects and must contain information about the placement and level of utilization of the equipment as well as the names of the investigators who are its principal users.

Scientific publications where access to the equipment has played a central role in the execution of the research project must be listed. If the equipment is moved, the Foundation must be informed.