Open calls

Open call for COVID-19 related proposals 2020

SciLifeLab welcomes proposals from researchers nationwide with the hope to create a comprehensive program to combat the corona virus pandemic, short- or medium-term, directly or indirectly via scientific approaches. We welcome proposals for i) coordination of samples, studies and data, ii) technology development and iii) research projects. SciLifeLab will consider individual proposals, but will also coordinate the suggestions between applicants to form synergies. All proposals should be placed in an international context and contribute to open science when possible. This call is funded via national SciLifeLab funds as well as external sources, e.g. the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW).

The application process will be rapid (short one-page application, rapid evaluation) and project funding will be granted available primarily for short-term (year 2020) research initiatives. Funding is mainly meant for research costs, such as development of technologies or the use of SciLifeLab infrastructure and data capabilities. In exceptional circumstances it is possible to consider personnel costs, but the expectation is that the work starts soon and does not depend on new people to be hired. A proposal should primarily address one of the focus areas. An applicant may participate in several grant applications.

The focus of the call is these 3 areas:

Area 1- Project plans to facilitate coordination of samples, studies and data
Support is available for joint efforts to collect and share samples and data, in order to facilitate clinical, translational and epidemiological research on the corona pandemic. Coordination of initiatives and studies is central in order to increase efficacy and avoid burden on the health care system. Shared study designs would be critical to also achieve data integration and sharing.

Area 2 – Project plans for technology development
Support is available for technology development projects with a clear relevance for battling COVID-19, including diagnostic and therapeutic tools and data/bioinformatic capabilities or work that will facilitate and support such developments (e.g. protein production).

Area 3 – Project plans for research projects and broad research collaborations
Support is particularly targeted for translational, clinical and epidemiological research. These could involve national or international collaboration (including facilitating the participation of Sweden in key international consortia). Data-driven and data science initiatives are welcome.


Who can apply?

The call is open to all researchers or infrastructure staff scientists in Sweden (SciLifeLab/non-SciLifeLab), affiliated to a university or institute.


Key overall goals with impact on criteria for evaluation

  • Scientifically sound and high-quality in international comparison
  • Clear short-term and medium-term impact in combating the COVID-19 epidemic
  • Synergy with other proposals and overall goals of the SciLifeLab Corona-plans
  • Commitment to open science, sharing data and resources, and real-time sharing of breakthroughs towards the community and in health care



The funding can cover: costs for critical reagents, consumables and materials, and cost from the use of SciLifeLab infrastructure. Personnel costs are allowed in exceptional cases. We typically expect that you have funds available to support your staff. Please confirm that you have the personnel needed for this. The overall funding available for this call is expected to be in the range of 20-25 MSEK, where we expect to fund a few bigger proposals in area 1 and 3 and many smaller ones across all areas. Exact amounts are not yet defined. We expect that the community would get together to fight COVID-19 and use other personal, departmental and university funds to help in this.


Evaluation process and timeline

The call is open from March 25 to March 30.

All applications submitted by March 30 at 23:59 will be considered in this first evaluation round, starting March 31, 2020. The 1-page proposals will be processed by SciLifeLab management representatives in consultation with external experts when needed and interacting with the applicants when required.

Decisions on funding of project proposals will be taken shortly after the deadline. Projects are expected to be initiated as soon as possible.


How to apply 

You apply by filling in the application template (incl. budget and collaborators tables), below, and submitting it, together with a CV or biosketch for the responsible researcher, using the link below. One person can apply to several projects.

Please note: to allow for rapid processing of the applications, the applications template (excl. tables) and CV/biosketch are limited to 1-page each. Only applications adhering to these rules will be evaluated. 

Please use the following application template and name it Area number_Proposal name.docx before submitting it: Application template.

Submit your application HERE

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External Calls

MAX IV Laboratory: Rapid Access Call for Proposals: SARS-CoV-2 and urgent (e.g. health-related) research

In order to support science towards understanding the SARS-CoV-2 virus, MAX IV would like to offer its instrumentation and beamtime – on a short notice base – to facilitate efforts to discover more about the virus and bring us closer to an effective vaccine, diagnostics or treatment. Read more: MAX IV website.