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Amelie on project applications

Published Apr 03, 2024

Head of School Amelie Eriksson Karlström writes about external research funding and project applications.

At this time of year, many people at the CBH School write project applications to the national research councils and to various private financiers. Approximately 40 per cent of the CBH School's income consists of external research funds, and our largest financiers are the Wallenberg Foundations, the Swedish Research Council, the EU, VINNOVA and the Swedish Energy Agency.

For the CBH School, external research funding is very important because it represents such a large part of our total resources. Even if we have generally been successful in attracting external funding, many of our employees spend a lot of time writing applications and it would of course be welcome to have an even better outcome.

This year, the Department of Protein Science has launched an initiative to read and give feedback on each other's applications. "You learn a lot from reading other people's applications and I think it's a great way to help each other to get a higher approval rate. In the future, I also hope that we at the CBH School, together with the operational support, can strengthen the support for researchers in connection with applications, for example by developing budget templates for the most important funding bodies and improving information about current calls. We can also help to market the school's successful research in different channels, so that it becomes more visible to different funders.