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Lund University School of Economics and Management

Research grants

apply for external research funding

Below, you will find a selection of funders of particular interest for researchers at Lund University School of Economics and Management.

Bankforskningsinstitutet (BFI)/The Swedish Bank Research Foundation

BFI supports PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. The grants are awarded as personal stipends and as grants to cover certain expenses directly associated with candidate's research. Travel grants may also be considered.

Application deadline: 12th April

European Research Council (ERC)

ERC grants support individual researchers of any nationality and age who wish to pursue their frontier research. The ERC encourages in particular proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries, pioneering ideas that address new and emerging fields and applications that introduce unconventional, innovative approaches.

Read more at ERC's webpage

Special rules apply for applications to the ERC as these require a commitment of the host institution signed by the vice-chancellor – please contact Research Services.

FORMAS/The Swedish Research Council Formas

FORMAS, the Swedish research council for sustainable development, promotes and supports research within the areas Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning. The research comprises basic research, need-driven research and innovation. Formas may also fund development projects to a limited extent.

Information meeting about FORMAS yearly call 2017: 8th March, 13:15–16, LUX Aula, Helgonavägen 3, Lund
Register here, before 5 March.

Application deadline: 6th April, 2017, at 14:00

FORTE/Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Forte is a government agency financing research in the areas of health, labour and welfare. Forte distributes around 550 million Swedish kronor every year to both basic and needs-driven research. This ranges from individual project grants to larger efforts to build world-class research environments.

Read more at Forte's webpage

Handelsrådet/The Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council

One of Sweden’s largest financiers of research in the area of wholesale and retail, the council annually pays approximately 20 million SEK to various research projects. The main purpose is developing and strengthening the academic retail and wholesale research. The aim is also to increase the knowledge of wholesale and retail, for the benefit of companies, employees, customers and society.

Read more at the council’s webpage

Hans Werthén Fonden/Hans Werthén Foundation

The foundation annually awards 15 stipends of 100,000–200,000 SEK to postdocs or PhD students for one year of scientific work. Applicants are to be 25–35 years old and hold an academic degree (at least master), preferably in science, business/economics or law. Preferably, the applicant has post-degree experience from research or business.

Application deadline: 13th March, 2017

Jan Wallanders och Tom Hedelius Foundation – Programmes (Handelsbanken)

The foundation mainly supports research groups, including PhD students, at academic institutions.

Application period for Wallander stipends (postdoctoral research), Browaldh stipends (international recruitment), Hedelius stipends (PhD studies abroad), and Research exchange grants: 10th August, 201715th September, 2017

Read more at Handelsbanken’s webpage (in Swedish) and in the call (pdf, in Swedish)

Konkurrensverket/The Swedish Competition Authority

The Swedish Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket), together with the Council for Research Issues, works to stimulate research within competition and public procurement and to contribute towards the qualitative and quantitative development of research in this area. For this reason we provide funding for research projects, commissioned research, seminars and the like.

Application deadline: 1st February each year.

Kronofogdemyndigheten/Swedish Enforcement Authority

The Swedish Enforcement Authority conducts research in order to promote research at universities and university colleges within areas that relate to the Authority's activity. Individual researchers or groups of researchers from different scientific disciplines can apply.

Application deadline: 31st March, 2017, at 18.00.

Read more in the call (pdf, Swedish)

The Lars Erik Lundberg Foundation for Research and Education

The Foundation supports projects within company management and technical development. Support may be granted to either senior researchers or doctoral students, and is normally granted for a project period of one to three years.

Read more at the foundation’s webpage

Ragnar Söderberg Foundation – Ragnar Söderberg Project in Economic Sciences

The foundation supports junior researchers with a PhD that have innovative ideas, proven scientific excellence and high ambitions to develop economic sciences.

Read more at the foundation's webpage

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) supports research in Humanities and Social Sciences. Support is provided in several forms: programmes, projects, infrastructure for research, and also for research initiation.

Read more at RJ’s webpage

Sten K Johnson Foundation

The foundation wants to reach out to individuals, organizations and companies (with a link to Skåne) who have vision and drive to develop projects in education, culture, technology, medicine, entrepreneurship, literature and music.

Read more at the Foundation's webpage

Stiftelsen för främjande av ekonomisk forskning vid Lunds universitet

The purpose of the foundation is to promote such economic research at Lund University that is of interest to industry and trade.

For the spring of 2017, the foundation has decided to assign SEK 200,000 for stipends and research grants. Applications for travelling for fieldwork and conference participation, and other costs associated with certain research projects, will be prioritized.

Application deadline: 10th April, 2017

Read more about the foundation and how to apply

Stiftelsen Lantbruksforskning/EH Hügoths foundation

Grants for higher studies in agricultural economy, marketing and administration. The foundation also promotes experimental work of importance for agriculture.

Application deadline: 31st December each year

Torsten Söderberg Foundation

The foundation supports research in the areas of medicine, business and economics, and law.

Read more at the foundation’s webpage (in Swedish)

The Wallenberg Foundations

The Wallenberg Foundations is the collective name for the public and private foundations funded by individual members of the Wallenberg family. The Foundations grant funding to excellent researchers and research projects beneficial to Sweden, and have since 1917 granted over 25 billion Swedish kronor.

Read more at the foundations’ webpage

– Peter Wallenberg Foundation

The Foundation supports projects related to economics and technology, preferably projects involving collaboration between Swedish and Finnish scientists.

Application deadline: 1st April and 1st October every year.

– Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

The Foundation primarily grants funding for projects related to law, social science and other social sciences together with fellowships in clinical medicine. The Foundation mainly funds research projects of high scientific potential and provides individual support to outstanding scientists. From time to time, the Foundation also initiates strategic projects and scholarship programs.

Application deadline: 1st April every year.

Requires central management of applications and accounting – please contact LU Research Services.

– Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation

The Foundation primarily grants funding for the humanities and learning. Individual scientists or research groups affiliated with a Swedish university or other academic and non-profit organizations, may apply for grants. All applications to the Foundation must first pass the internal prioritization process of the relevant university or institution.

Application deadline: 1st April every year.

Requires central management of applications and accounting – please contact LU Research Services.

Vetenskapsrådet/The Swedish Research Council

The Swedish Research Council allocates around SEK 6,4 billion in funding for basic research of the highest scientific quality in all areas of research each year. All applications for funding are subject to rigorous quality testing, known as peer review.

Both those who are early in their research careers and those who are more established may apply for grants from the Swedish Research Council. They have a specific mandate from the government to support young researchers and to encourage research to be renewed.

Read more at the Research Council’s webpage


Vinnova develops a number of programmes and activities within strategic areas. Most programmes involve active cooperation between the private business sector, universities and/or research institutes as well as the public sector.

Current announcement: Innovation Management and Organization
Private, public and non-profit organizations can in collaboration with researchers apply for funding for research and development projects in innovation management.

Application deadline: 25th April, 2017

Read more at Vinnova’s webpage