Att skriva en konkurrenskraftig ansökan för Formas kommunikationsutlysningen

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Under våren 2021 ansökte SLU Future Food om medel i  Formas kommunikationsutlysning för att finansiera en kommunikationssatsning inom samarbetet Table. Projektet “Framtiden för kött – storytelling och dialoger för bättre beslut” blev beviljat och här vill vi berätta om hur vi tog oss an ansökningsprocessen. SLU Future Food satte ihop en liten arbetsgrupp för att… Continue reading Att skriva en konkurrenskraftig ansökan för Formas kommunikationsutlysningen

Ingredients of successful European Research Council proposals

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Last month, the Grants Office organised a discussion involving experts who have won grants from the European Research Council (ERC) or served on evaluation panels. Here we distil the most important insights that emerged and supplement them with our own thoughts. ERC funds ground-breaking basic research in all disciplines. The various grants, open to individual… Continue reading Ingredients of successful European Research Council proposals

Impact: demonstrating the value added by research

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Both public and private funders of research expect a return on their investment: the potential impact of a proposed project is often an explicit evaluation criterion, so you should describe it as clearly and effectively as possible. This post is a slightly modified version of the text on the Grants Office website (also available in… Continue reading Impact: demonstrating the value added by research

Analysing failure to uncover the ingredients of success

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None of the proposals from two Gothenburg-based universities tasted success with a big Formas call from 2019/2020. A recent analysis comprehensively probes the possible causes to explore ways of improving performance in the future. Competition for research funding is fierce, with barely two proposals out of ten succeeding with even the “bread-and-butter grants” from funders… Continue reading Analysing failure to uncover the ingredients of success

A promising approach for assessing research quality and impact

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The Swedish Research Council has just published an evaluation of political-science research in Sweden. The approach used for the evaluation is arguably as interesting as its outcomes. The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet; VR) is the nation’s largest research funder and is mandated by the government to assess the quality and impact of research in Sweden.… Continue reading A promising approach for assessing research quality and impact

We have a blog!

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Traditionally, we at the Grants Office have used our web pages and newsletters to communicate with the SLU research community. These media include the latest information about calls for funding, as well as guidance on proposal writing and a host of relevant topics such as sex/gender perspectives and science communication. Those media are not very… Continue reading We have a blog!