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Rules governing the endowments of the Society

General Instructions

  1. It is incumbent on the applicant and also the supervisor to acquaint themselves with the details of the instructions below, and with the information given under the heading “Advice for applicants”.
  2. In the application form all squares have to be filled in. Incomplete applications will not be dealt with.
  3. The confidentiality of the contents of an application cannot be guaranteed.
  4. Grants to cover wages, or for the rent of premises of any kind, are not awarded. Applications that, in any form whatsoever, apply for resources to cover stipends, rent for premises, etc., will therefore not be treated in their entirety.
  5. Grants are not given for the cost of travel or investigations etc., which have already begun or have been undertaken. Further, grants are not given for courses, either at the undergraduate or the postgraduate level.
  6. An application for a research grant must give a clear specification of the intended use of the grant. Resources can be awarded for materials, laboratory animals, costs for special studies and trips to special laboratories, data processing costs, costs related to field work etc., which can be characterised as running expenses, but they must be plainly specified under each main heading. A claim for daily allowance during travel can be made if the sum is reasonable, and this must only cover living costs (such as meals) while travelling. Applications lacking a clear specification for the requested funds, for example by heading them as “Indirect Costs” will therefore not be accepted. The costs shown for each item must include value-added tax (VAT or MOMS). This should not to be requested separately.
  7. Funds are not granted for unspecified requests intended for use as general financial support for a person, a research group, a department or similar recipients. An application is to be submitted by a researcher/research student, and must be intended for use in a well-defined research project.
  8. The application form associated with each specific endowment must be used. 
  9. In those cases where a supervisor's recommendation letter for reseach students is required, this letter is to be signed personally by the supervisor in question. Applications which do not fulfil these requirements will not be considered. Regarding the formulation of the supervisor's recommendtation letter, see Memo for supervisors for research students.
  10. At the latest 2 years after the date of the application, a report on the work financed by the grant is to be submitted
  11. Certain donations require that “the research is to be based at the University of Lund”. This refers to the researcher, and, in the case of a research student, to the institution at which the student is registered. Further requirements for each specific donation can be found under the link to the donation of interest. Under the heading “Advice for applicants”, help can be found for formulating a curriculum vitae 
  12. In the case of expensive equipment, where other financial support is involved, this information must be supplied and the quotation for the purchase must be enclosed with the application. Priority will be given for such equipment /apparatus if it can be expected to come into wide use.
  13. Where the grant is intended for research at an institution outside Sweden, the research programme must be included, as well as a formal invitation to work at the institution in question.
  14. Financial support is intended primarily for research students (who have been accepted at a university institution), and for younger researchers with a doctoral degree. However, professor emeriti are also eligible for research grants, based on relevant stipulations, and under the general requirement that the research results are published.
    A younger researcher with a doctoral degree who wants to apply, is to specify the type of position he currently holds, how this is financed, whether he/she is a member of a research group, whether he/she heads his/her own research group, and whether he/she is employed at the institution where he/she presented his/her doctoral thesis. A young researcher with a PhD degree must also describe their research activities, and if applicable, how these activities are related to those of the applicant’s research group leader and the research group as a whole. This description - which should be maximally 500 words long and signed by the applicant - should also include what the applicant wishes to achieve in their research project and how this differs from their doctoral work.
    For research students, the date of acceptance to postgraduate studies and the name and addresses of his/her supervisor, must be supplied.
    The supervisor´s recommendation letter shall clearly state how far the student´s research project has currently advanced, and whether it is at an initial stage or approaching completion.
  15. Also foreign members of the Society, who are working in Sweden, are eligible to apply for grants from the endowments of the Society.
  16. Up to 300,000 SEK is a reasonable amount to apply for regarding researach grants.
  17. Concerning overhead costs.
    Grants for equipment (exceeding 25,000 SEK excl. moms) and for travel (only travel/conference attendance) must not be subjected to overhead costs.
    For grants awarded under the category of "research grants", the following applies:
    Stipends that are only intended for travel/conference attendance shall be regarded as a travel scholarship and shall not be subjected to overhead costs. For running costs (see 6. above concerning what may be referred to as running costs) no more than 15% may be charged as overhead costs. This will be automatically calculated by the electronic application form. These rules are based on decisions made by the Board of Directors of the Society, from which the Board makes no exceptions.
  18. For grants received, please see under “Rules Governing Grants Received”.