Application workshop: Swedish research funding agencies and councils

Do you want help developing your research proposal ideas or receive feedback on already formulated applications to the Swedish research funding agencies and councils? In that case, you are most welcome to our application workshop.

Take the chance to get feedback on your novel research idea or an existing application via online meetings with us at the Research Support Office.

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Every Thursday afternoon, from 19 January to 25 May, the Research Support and Collaboration Office offers all researchers employed at Umeå University the opportunity to get help with developing their research proposal ideas and/or receive feedback on already formulated, but perhaps rejected, applications to the Swedish research funding agencies and councils, including e.g.:

  • Energimyndigheten – Swedish Energy Agency
  • Formas – Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning
  • Forte – Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
  • Vetenskapsrådet – Swedish Research Council
  • Vinnova – Sweden's Innovation Agency

The application workshop is held digitally, either via Teams or Zoom.

What are the conditions for attending the application workshop?

The only conditions are:
1. You have to have an employment at Umeå University.
2. Umeå University has to be the planned administrating organisation (medelsförvaltare) for the project.

What will happen at the application workshop?

During a 30-minute session with a research coordinator from the Research Support Office, you will receive advice and feedback on your research idea or an already formulated application.

Do I need to have a complete research proposal in order to attend?

No, you are welcome with everything from a first draft to a previously submitted, but rejected, application. You will however have to send some sort of written documentation to us. Kindly state what kind of document it is that you wish to receive feedback on in the application form.

If you have yet to formulate your idea in writing, we will provide you with a template for a one-page-proposal once your booking is confirmed. By answering the questions in the template, a short idea summary is created which we can use in order to give you advice on, e.g., suitable funding bodies and calls.

How do I sign up?

Please fill in this form and choose which Thursday afternoon you would like to come (the English version is found by clicking the little globe in the right hand corner). 

In order to give all researchers an equal chance to attend the application workshop, the principle is one booking per researcher.

NB! When you select a date, please keep in mind that you must send your application documents to us one week in advance of the requested session in order for us to have enough time to read them. 

What will happen after I have filled in the form?

We will contact you, suggest a time slot, provide further instructions regarding the submission of documents to us, and send you a link to the digital meeting.

Am I guaranteed to get a time?

We will do our best to accommodate everyone who signs up for the application workshop. However, if it turns out that the demand is higher than the available time-slots, we will prioritize researchers who have not previously attended our application workshop.

Who can I contact if I have further questions or if I simply cannot attend on Thursdays?

Then you are most welcome to contact us at the Research Support Office by emailing

See you during the spring! 

Lena Holmberg