SSMF Large Grant

Start-up grants for young researchers

 

Note! Application for 2020 is March 15 – April 15!

 

The Swedish Society for Medical Research (Svenska Sällskapet för Medicinsk Forskning, SSMF) announces 4-year start-up grants to support young researchers working full- or half-time. Half-time grants are intended for clinically active researchers; both grants include a sum to cover running expenses.

  • Start-up support is awarded for 2 years with a 2-year extension after approval of a scientific report.
  • The objective is to offer promising young scientists an opportunity to establish themselves as independent researchers. The support is aimed toward PhDs with post-doctoral qualifications.
  • Full-time positions may be combined with a part-time sideline (maximum 20%), for instance clinical work.

The number of research positions is not predetermined, but after the most recent call, 4 full-time and 4 half-time positions were awarded.

SSMF Large Grant

 

Full-time

Qualifying candidates are those who have obtained a doctorate at least 2 and no more than 7 years before the end of the application period. This period may be extended by a maximum of 24 months for military service, sick leave or parental leave, respectively and with time for AT/ST education.

The person who holds or at the time of contract signing has been assigned a teaching service (assistant professor, associate professor, professor) or multi-annual research service funded by national or international funding providers is not authorized to apply.

Clinical half-time

Qualifying candidates are those who have obtained a doctorate at least 2 and no more than 10 years before the end of the application period. This period may be extended by a maximum of 24 months for military service, sick leave or parental leave, respectively and with time for AT/ST education.

The person who holds or at the time of contract signing has been assigned a teaching service (assistant professor, associate professor, professor) or multi-annual research service funded by national or international funding providers is not authorized to apply.

 

About the grant

Start-up support totals 1.7 million SEK per year (full-time) and 1.3 million SEK per year (half-time).

A portion of the grant is intended to cover the applicant’s own salary (800,000 SEK for full-time, 400,000 SEK for half-time); 900,000 SEK is to cover running costs. The grant includes a maximum of 20% to cover rental of facilities and project-related indirect costs. This is framework funding, where a grant recipient who takes up a position as associate professor or professor at their institute during the funding period may use grant money intended to cover their salary for other project-related costs. Such redistribution must first be approved by SSMF, and is only permitted after the first year of the grant.

  • The grant is paid out exclusively to Swedish universities and university colleges.
  • The position is to be started between January 1 and July 1 the year after the application. Allocated funding remains at the recipient’s disposal until 12 months after the contract period.

The application period runs from March 15 to April 15.

NB! 15 April at 24:00, the system will be closed and it will no longer be possible to register applications, print or make changes in existing applications.

 

The application

  • Applications are submitted electronically -> Apply Online
  • Terms of agreement signed by the Head of the Department (or similar) and a copy of the thesis defense protocol or diploma shall be appended to the electronic application as pdf files.

Review process and decision

In a first step, the applications are prioritized  by the respective medical faculty, after which the SSMF review board in a second round ranks the most qualified applicants.

In addition to expert reviews of submitted applications, the most well-credited applicants will be called for a personal interview with the SSMF review board. The purpose of the interviews is to improve the selection process to identify the most suitable candidates among the applicants. For each grant type, seven applicants are called for an interview where they present their project plan and discuss it with the review board. Participation in the interview is mandatory for the grant and the costs associated with the interview are covered by SSMF.

The candidates who have qualified for interviews are called in September and final decisions will be announced by e-mail and mail in early October.

Incomplete applications are not processed.