SSMF Large Grant

Start-up grants for young researchers

 

 

The Swedish Society for Medical Research (Svenska Sällskapet för Medicinsk Forskning, SSMF) announces a four-year start-up grant to support young researchers working full-time or half-time, half-time grants being intended for clinically-active researchers, as well as a grant to cover operating expenses.

  • The start-up support is awarded for two years, with a two-year extension subject to 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 at PhDs with post-doctoral qualifications.
  • Full-time positions may be combined with a part-time occupation (maximum 20%), such as clinical practice.

The number of research positions is not predetermined, but four full-time and four half-time positions were awarded in the most recent call for applications.

SSMF Large Grant

 

Full-time – eligibility

Persons who were awarded a doctorate at least two and no more than seven years before the end of the application period are eligible to apply.  This period may be extended by a maximum of 24 months for sick leave or parental leave, medical internship/specialist residency (AT/ST service) or military service.

Persons who, at the time when the research grant agreement is signed, hold a teaching post (assistant senior lecturer, senior lecturer, professor) or a research post extending over a number of years funded by a national or international funding provider are not eligible to apply.

Clinical half-time – eligibility

Persons who were awarded a doctorate at least two and no more than ten years before the end of the application period are eligible to apply.  This period may be extended by a maximum of 24 months for sick leave or parental leave, medical internship/specialist residency (AT/ST service) or military service.

Persons who, at the time when the research grant agreement is signed, hold a teaching post (assistant senior lecturer, senior lecturer, professor) or a research post extending over a number of years funded by a national or international funding provider are not eligible to apply.

 

About the grant

The grant includes funds for salary for employment as a researcher or equivalent.   For full-time employment, the amount is SEK 800,000 per year.  For half-time, salary costs equivalent to 50% of current clinical practice are covered, though up to a maximum of SEK 800,000 per year and this is combined with half-time clinical practice. In addition to funds for salary, the grant recipients receive SEK 900,000 per year as a grant to cover operating expenses.  A maximum of 20% of the grant might be used to cover indirect project-related costs.  The grant is a framework grant and if a grant recipient takes up a position as a senior lecturer or professor at their higher education institution during the term of the agreement, the funds intended to cover their own salary may, subject to approval, be used for other purposes within the research project, though no earlier than one year after the beginning of the grant period.

  • The grant is paid out only to Swedish universities and university colleges.
  • The post begins no earlier than 1 January and no later than 1 July of the year after the application. The period of availability for the grant may be extended by a maximum of 12 months, subject to approval by SSMF.

Application period

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

Review process, review criteria and decision

After submission of the application to SSMF, a first ranking is done by the respective medical faculty, after which the SSMF Review Board identifies the most qualified applicants in a second round of review. Innovation, the scientific quality of the project, the applicant’s skills and the practicability of the project are taken into consideration when assessing the applications. The different categories are graded on the basis of a 5-point points scale: 1 not sufficient, 2 adequate, 3 good, 4 very good, 5 excellent.

In addition to expert reviews of submitted applications, the most highly-qualified applicants will be called for a personal interview with the SSMF Review Board.  The purpose of the interview is to improve the selection process to identify the most suitable candidates.  Six to eight applicants for each grant type are called for an interview, which includes a presentation by the applicant followed by a discussion. Participation in the interview is mandatory and the costs associated with the interview are covered by SSMF.

The applicants who have qualified for interviews are called in September and final decisions on the award of grants will be announced by e-mail and mail at the beginning of October.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.