The call opened 14:00 05 September 2018
The call closes 14:00 09 October 2018
Research time for clinicians within antibiotic resistance
The purpose of the grant is to give clinically active persons the opportunity to conduct relevant research within the area of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant infections, and to establish themselves as independent researchers in parallel with developing their clinical competence and gaining merit towards a docentship/assistant professorship. The Swedish Research Council rewards research of the highest scientific quality in national competition.
Type of call
Medicine and Health
Antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant infections
Individual researcher who has completed a doctoral degree no more than five years ago
No participating researchers can be invited to join the application
12 months of full-time research, allocated over the period the grant is available (3 years)
1 600 000 SEK
Publication of grant award
No later than the beginning of December 2018
Start of grant period
Call text in full
The call is made within the framework for the national research programme within antibiotic resistance, which is a Government mandate to the Swedish Research Council. The national research programme supports both basic research and more applied research into antibiotic-resistant bacteria in order to increase knowledge of how these infections shall best be diagnosed and treated, and how their emergence and spread can be avoided and prevented. Depending on the outcome, the call may be repeated and/or extension of grants awarded may come into question at a later stage.
The following criteria must be fulfilled in order for you to be eligible to apply for the grant. We carry out checks to ensure unqualified applications are rejected from further processing.
The Swedish Research Council invites clinically active researchers to apply for funds for research time and research in the field of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant infections. The research shall be clinical-based and assumes access to the structures and resources of health and medical care.
Clinical research into antibiotic-resistant bacteria is needed in order to increase knowledge of how these infections shall best be diagnosed and treated, and how their emergence and spread can be avoided and prevented, for example through rational use of antibiotics and improved ways of working within healthcare, including healthcare hygienic practices. As resistance epidemiology, diagnostics and clinical practice differs between countries, it is important to engage more research-trained clinically active persons within infection, laboratory or general medicine, surgery, paediatrics, oncology, healthcare hygiene and other specialisations to carry out research within the infection area in order to counter the threat of antibiotic-resistant infections in Sweden.
The applicant must be an a individual researcher, who is employed within health and medical care during the grant period (for example a physician, nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist or dentist). The purpose is to enable research on a part-time basis in parallel with development of clinical skills within the operation where the applicant is employed. The position is intended as a step in the career for persons in the process of establishing themselves as independent researchers close to docent/associate professor level. Grants from the Swedish Research Council shall be administered by a Swedish university or HEI or another Swedish public organisation that fulfils our criteria for administrating organisations. To apply, your organisation must therefore be approved as an administrating organisation.
If you are awarded a grant, you must be employed by the administrating organisation at the start of the grant period and throughout the grant’s availability period, unless the Swedish Research Council approves an exception. The scope of the employment shall correspond to how you allocate the research time. You do not have to be employed by the administrating organisation at the time of applying. The grant for the position shall be combined with employment within health and medical care corresponding to no less than 50 per cent of a full-time equivalent. It is up to the individual researcher, clinic/healthcare principal and the administrating organisation to agree on how the research and clinical activities shall be divided up over the year.
You must not be a professor or adjunct professor at the time of the deadline of the call.
To apply for a grant for research time for clinicians, your doctoral degree must have been awarded no more than five years ago, that is to say awarded no later than the deadline date for the call and no earlier than 9 October 2013. The degree award date we use is the date you fulfilled all the criteria for a doctoral degree, such as mandatory courses, oral defence and an approved doctoral thesis. For applicants with Swedish doctoral degrees, the award date listed in Ladok applies. You will not be able to complete your application if your doctoral degree was awarded more than five years ago.
If your doctoral degree was awarded earlier, it is however still possible to apply if there are grounds for deductible time that are recognised by the Swedish Research Council. The Swedish Research Council’s recognised grounds are parental leave, positions of trust in trade union organisations and student organisations, mandatory service in the total defence forces, illness (own illness or care of close family members), general medical internship (maximum 24 months) or further training/specialist medical internship for clinically active professionals (maximum 24 months). Please note that we do not accept other employment, unemployment or holidays as deductible time.
If you wish to claim deductible time, you must specify the recognised grounds and time involved in your application (please see instructions under “Descriptive data” below).
We carry out random checks and may request confirmation that supports the grounds for deductible time stated by you.
Number of applications and previous grants
What grants may I apply for simultaneously from the Swedish Research Council?
You may only submit one application for this grant under this call. Other restrictions on the grants you may apply for during the same year are shown on the link below.
What eligibility criteria apply if I already have a grant from the Swedish Research Council?
There are certain restrictions if you are the project leader of a previously awarded grant that is ongoing, that is to say where the grant period (payment period from the Swedish Research Council) overlaps the grant period of the grant this application covers. Please note that the availability period, that is to say the time during which you can draw down the grant awarded, is normally longer than the grant period. Information about the criteria for your previous grant can be found in the “Approval of terms” you received from the Swedish Research Council.
Please see link below for information on grants you may apply for if you have an ongoing grant.
Note: If you have been the project leader for previous grants from the Swedish Research Council that have ended, final financial reports for all of these must have been submitted within the permitted time frame in order for you to apply for a new grant. Please contact your administrating organisation if you are unsure whether all your final reports have been submitted.
What applies for applications to or grants from other funding bodies?
If your application to the Swedish Research Council relates to the same project concept as a grant you have already been awarded by, or are applying for to another funding body, please describe this.
You may not invite any participating researchers in this application. Any collaboration partners and their roles shall be described in the research plan (please see instructions under “Research plan” below).
Costs and grant amounts
The grant is paid out in a standard amount of 1 600 000 SEK per year, of which 1 100 000 SEK is for your salary costs during the research period (corresponding to up to one half of your salary in your clinical position), and 500 000 SEK to cover research expenses (which may include all types of project-related costs, such as salaries for participants, premises, running costs and depreciation costs). The grant amount includes cover of indirect costs. The standard amount relating to salary costs also includes social security contributions. Grants may not be used for scholarships.
The Swedish Research Council assumes that the administrating organisation, as the employer responsible, will cover any costs in excess of the standard amount received.
The grant covers 12 months of full-time research, allocated over the three-year period the grant is available, starting in January 2019. The first payment will be made no earlier than December 2018.
You apply electronically in Prisma , which is the application system used by the Swedish Research Council. You create your application in Prisma by filling in the text fields, uploading information from your personal account, and attaching the appendices requested.
To enable you to apply, your organisation must have been approved as an administrating organisation and have created an organisation account in Prisma.
For most items in Prisma, there is a user manual describing all the steps, as well as answers to FAQ. Please refer to these when filling in your application. If you cannot find the answer to your technical question, you may contact our Technical Support. It may take one to two working days to get an answer.
Please avoid stating your own or anybody else’s full personal identity number in the application except where specifically requested.
Creating a personal account in Prisma
Before you apply, you must create a personal account in Prisma , where you can save your personal and CV data. The information only needs to be entered once, and can thereafter be supplemented or changed as required. As most of the Swedish Research Council’s calls employ foreign reviewers, please use English when entering any descriptive text in you CV data. You can also input your publications for future use. Please note that no publications can currently be uploaded from your account to the application form. This is because the publications function is under development and not yet used in the Swedish Research Council’s calls. You should therefore submit your publication list as an attached PDF file instead (please see instructions under “Publications” below).
Please allow plenty of time to create your personal account. The applications you register in Prisma will be linked to your personal account.
Any participating administrators must also create their own personal accounts in Prisma, and confirm their participation in the application before the deadline of the call.
Some text fields can be formatted, which means that the font, alignment and font size can be changed in these fields, and that tables and symbols can be inserted. If you insert text written using a word processing program (such as Microsoft Word), you may need to use the tools in Prisma to adjust the formatting after insertion. Images cannot be included in the text fields, however. We recommend that you use the fonts Arial, Calibri or Verdana.
All text fields have a limit on the number of characters, and this is illustrated by a character counter. If you use too many characters, the application cannot be registered.
Attached documents and appendices
You will need to attach an appendix to some fields as instructed. The appendix must consist of one file only, and you can only attach documents in PDF format. All appendices are limited as to file size and number of pages. You will not be able to register your application with an appendix that exceeds the stated maximum size.
Both you as applicant and an authorised representative of the administrating organisation shall sign the application electronically in Prisma. Please see further information under “Registering the application” below.
Please refer to the application form in Prisma in parallel with reading the instructions below.
Foreign experts are involved in the scientific evaluation of the applications. To ensure fair and equitable assessment and efficient processing, please therefore complete your application in English.
Sections of the application
The application form includes the following tabs:
- Descriptive data
- Research description
- Budget and research resources
- Letter of support
- Administrating organisation
- Participants (only administrators in this call)
Descriptions of the information requested under each tab follow below. Mandatory information is marked with an asterisk (*) in Prisma.
Under this tab, please fill in the project title in Swedish and English and select SCB codes and key words. Please also fill in any deductible time, the abstract and popular science description, and describe your clinical position and state your clinical employer, as instructed below.
Please note that the default project period in the form is two years. You will however be able to use the funding for a period of three years.
Please state any interruptions in your active research time after your doctoral degree caused by any of the grounds recognised by the Swedish Research Council. The interruption shall be calculated as a full-time equivalent and be rounded up into full calendar months. Please see the recognised grounds for deductible time under the heading “Career age” above.
The abstract shall include a brief description of
- what is to be done: purpose and aim
- how the research problem will be studied in a summary project design, including patient sample, choice of variables, data collection and analysis methods, and time plan. Please use PICO (population/intervention/control/outcome) for controlled studies
- what the direct patient benefit is from the planned research.
The abstract shall provide a summary guide to the purpose and implementation of the research. Please use wording to ensure persons with another subject specialisation can understand the information.
The description may cover a maximum of 1 500 characters including blank spaces (approximately one third of an A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing).
Popular science description
Describe the project in such a way that a person who is not familiar with the subject can understand it. Describe what is to be done and why, and explain in what way the new knowledge may be important.
The popular science description is an important tool when we inform about the research funded by the Swedish Research Council. If we grant your application, we reserve the right to use the description for information purposes.
Note: The popular science description must be written in Swedish, unlike the rest of the application.
The description may cover a maximum of 4 500 characters including blank spaces (approximately one A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing).
Clinical position and employer
The grant shall be combined with a clinical position in Sweden, such as a physician, nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist or dentist, corresponding to at least 50 per cent of a full-time equivalent. Describe in what way you fulfil this requirement. The description may cover a maximum of 750 characters including blank spaces in Arial, font size 11.
Please also state your present/prospective clinical employer.
Under this tab, please attach your research plan and describe any ethical considerations and the project’s relevance to the focus area.
Your application shall describe the ethical issues raised by the project or corresponding. You must also describe how you plan to address ethical dilemmas that may arise. Please justify why the research should be carried out against the background of the ethical issues identified. How do your research questions and expected results measure up in relation to the ethical issues? Please also state whether the research involves any handling of personal data, or experiments on animals or human subjects. If no ethical issues are raised, please state this.
Please attach your research plan in PDF format. The research plan shall consist of a brief but complete description of the research task. The focus of the research plan shall be forward-looking, and it shall cover a maximum of four page-numbered A4 pages in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing, including references and any images.
The research plan must include the following headings and information, listed in the following order:
- Purpose and aims: State the overall purpose and specific goals of the research project, and provide brief background information and justification for the project. Clarify the primary question.
- State-of-the-art: Summarise briefly the current research frontier within the field/area covered by the project, and as applicable the current clinical practice (maximum half an A4 page). State key references.
- Significance and scientific novelty: Describe briefly how the project relates to previous research within the area, and its importance in the short and long term. Justify why more research is needed. Describe also how the project moves forward the current research frontier, increases the knowledge background of the field of research, or innovates current clinical practice.
- Preliminary and previous results: Describe briefly your own previous research and pilot studies within the research area that make it probable that the project will be feasible. State also if no preliminary results exist. State whether the project contributes further to research and scientific results from a grant awarded previously by the Swedish Research Council.
- Project description: Describe the project design, including the following items:
- Theory and method: Describe the underlying theory and the methods to be applied in order to reach the project goal. Describe how you plan to analyse data collected in the project, and the statistical methods used.
- Time plan and implementation: Describe summarily the time plan for the project during the grant period, and how the project will be implemented.
- Project organisation: Clarify the contributions of yourself and any other researchers to the implementation of the project, including a description of competences and roles in the project.
Provide the following information also. If a heading is not relevant to your application, please leave it blank.
- Independent line of research: If you are working or will be working in a larger group, please clarify how your project relates to the other projects in the group. If you are continuing a project that was wholly or partly started during your doctoral or postdoc studies, you must also describe the relationship between your project and the research of your former supervisor.
- International and national collaboration: Describe your collaboration with foreign and Swedish researchers and research teams. State whether you contribute to or refer to international collaboration in your research.
- Other applications or grants: If you are applying for or intend to apply for other grants from the Swedish Research Council, the relationship between the projects shall be clarified. This applies also if you are receiving ongoing grants from the Swedish Research Council with grant periods that wholly or partly overlap with the grant you are now applying for. You should also justify why you are submitting one or several further applications. Describe also the relationship with other applications to or grants from other funding bodies for the same project concept (from you or another researcher).
Relevance for the focus
Describe how your project is relevant for the focus (see the definition in the introduction to the call text) and how the project promotes the development of this field.
The description may cover a maximum of 2 000 characters including blank spaces (approximately half an A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing).
Budget and research resources
The grant is a standard amount and you therefore do not need to enter any budget applied for in the application form.
Justification of applied budget
Describe briefly the primary costs you intend to cover within the framework for the grant budget. The description may cover a maximum of 2 000 characters including blank spaces (approximately half an A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing).
Please state your or any other researcher’s funding over and above what is applied for in this application. Please state rounded amounts in SEK.
Under this tab, please attach your publications list in PDF format, drawn up according to the headings and instructions below. The list shall cover a maximum of five page-numbered A4 pages in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
1. Selection of publications: List the maximum 5 publications of greatest importance to your application. For each publication, please state how you contributed to it, and its relevance to the research project described (maximum four lines per publication). Highlight your name in bold in the author list. State “Part of PhD thesis” in bold in brackets for the publications included in the doctoral thesis.
2. Total number of publications: Sort the publications, with your name highlighted in bold in the author list, under each heading (publication type) in the following order: State “Part of PhD thesis” in bold in brackets for the publications included in the doctoral thesis.
- Peer-reviewed original articles
- Peer-reviewed conference contributions, the results of which are not included in other publications.
- Peer-reviewed edited volumes
- Research review articles
- Peer-reviewed books and book chapters
- Other publications including popular science books/presentations
Note: Please sort the publications under each heading in reverse chronological order, so that the latest publication is at the top of the list. Please only include articles or corresponding that are published or accepted for publication at the time of applying. The author order in the publication list shall be identical to that of the published work. The application cannot be supplemented with publications after the deadline for the call.
Letter of support
The appendix covering a maximum of one A4 page shall include information about your clinical position (job title and employer) and percentage employment (minimum 50 per cent), and certify that working hours will be freed up for the research project in question. The name and contact details of the clinic manager/corresponding signing the certificate shall be stated.
Under this tab, please state the administrating organisation and project site. The administrating organisation is the organisation that administers the grant awarded and is responsible for it according to the conditions set. The project site is the organisational unit where the project is carried out. Normally, the administrating organisation and project site correspond to the HEI and the department where the project leader is employed.
To allow you to link your application to an administrating organisation, the organisation must have an approved account in Prisma. Please contact your administrating organisation and ask it to apply for an organisation account with the Swedish Research Council if it does not already have one.
If your project site is not listed in Prisma, please contact the person responsible for the organisation account at your administrating organisation. You will not be able to finalise the registration of your application if the location is missing.
Here you as grant applicant may invite other participating administrators who can help you to input and edit information in your application. Please make sure you use the correct email address linked to the person’s Prisma account. You may invite participating administrators who do not already have an account in Prisma, but in order to participate in your application they must register their own personal accounts in Prisma. All participating administrators must accept the invitation before you can finalise the registration of your application.
Please note that you may not invite any participating researchers in this application.
Under this tab, please upload your relevant CV information from your personal account in Prisma.
The following information, where available, must always be included in your CV, taking into account the stated limitation in numbers:
- Education: First, second and third cycle higher education and specialist degrees.
- Work: Current employment (including employment form) and longer relevant employment, postdoctoral visits (also included as employment if relevant), research exchanges relevant to the research described and any longer interruptions in the research that have impacted on your opportunity to gain merits as a researcher.
- Merits and awards: Docentship/associate professorship, supervisees (postdoctoral and doctoral students; state the overall number of each category and list the 10 most relevant to you), up to 10 of your most relevant grants awarded in competition, up to 10 of your most relevant prizes and awards, and up to 20 other merits relevant to the application.
- Intellectual property rights: For example, patents and open access computer programs developed by you; state up to 10 of your most relevant.
Registering the application
The tab “Check and register” shows a summary of the fields in your application that you need to adjust in order to register it (such as mandatory fields not filled in, text fields with too many characters, or discrepancies from limits on the possible project period or budget). The registration of your application is not finalised until you click on the “Register” button.
Please make sure you use the preview function before registering your application.
Note: Everybody you have invited in your application must accept the invitation before you can register the application. If an invitation is not accepted, it must be deleted.
The registered application can thereafter be found in your personal Prisma account in the tab “Applications and grants”, under the menu choice “Applications”. Until the deadline for the call, a registered application may be de-registered, amended and re-registered again as necessary.
It is your responsibility to ensure the application is complete, that is to say the application form is correctly filled in, the correct appendices are attached and the information requested has been provided according to the instructions. Please only submit material specifically requested. We do not accept any additional information after the deadline, except when specifically requested.
When you register the application, it is signed by you as project leader. To ensure the application is deemed complete and included in the review process, an authorised representative of the administrating organisation also has to sign the application. The representative is normally the head of the department where the research will be carried out, but this is dependent on your administrating organisation’s structure.
The applicant’s signature confirms that
- the information in the application is correct and complies with the Swedish Research Council’s instructions
- secondary occupations and commercial ties have been reported to the administrating organisation and that nothing has emerged that breaches good research practice
- the permits and approvals required have been obtained before the research is started, such as permits from the Swedish Medical Products Agency or approval from an ethical review board or an ethical committee on animal experiments
- the applicant will comply with all other conditions applicable to the grant.
The signature of the administrating organisation confirms that
- the research or research-supporting activity described can be given room at the administrating organisation during the period and to the extent stated in the application
- the applicant will be employed by the administrating organisation during the period covered by the application
- the administrating organisation approves of the budget in the application
- the administrating organisation will comply with all other conditions applicable to the grant.
The above points shall have been discussed by the parties before the representative of the administrating organisation approves and signs the application.
Note: The authorised representative of the administrating organisation must sign the application in Prisma no later than one week (seven calendar days) after the call deadline date in order for the application to be considered further in the review process.
Scientific quality is the fundamental criterion when the Swedish Research Council allocates grants to research. Your application is evaluated in competition with the other applications on the basis of the following evaluation criteria.
Your application is evaluated by a specialised subject review panel where the members are Swedish and international researchers.
At least three members review and grade your application individually. The entire review panel then meets at a review panel meeting to discuss and prioritise the applications, and finally to make a proposal for a decision to the Scientific Council for Medicine and Health.
A certain proportion of the applications with the lowest grades from the members’ individual reviews are screened out in the beginning of the review panel meeting. These applications will not be the subject of discussion, which gives room for more detailed discussion and prioritisation of the applications of higher quality, which have a reasonable chance of being funded.
The applications screened out only receive a overall grade and a standardised final statement after the decision is made. The other applications receive an individual final statement that reflects the review panel’s discussion and overall assessment of the scientific quality of the application.
Evaluation criteria and guiding questions
The evaluation of the scientific quality of your application is made based on four basic criteria (Novelty and originality, Scientific quality of the project, Merits of the applicant, Feasibility). The purpose of using several components is to achieve a multi-faceted evaluation. The criteria are assessed on a seven-grade scale, except for feasibility, which is assessed on a three-grade grade scale.
In addition to the basic criteria, your application is also evaluated using an additional criterion (Relevance to the call) on a three-grade scale.
For each criterion, there are guiding questions to support the panel members’ evaluation of your application. These can also function as guidance for you when you write your application.
Scientific quality of the project (1–7)
- In what way will the project advance the understanding of how infection diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, best be diagnosed, treated and how to reduce or prevent their emergence and spread, e.g. by antibiotic stewardship or improved clinical practice, including medical hygiene practices?
- Is the definition of the problem and proposed solutions clear, convincing and compelling?
- Does the study design, its research questions and hypotheses, meet the standards of highest scientific quality?
Novelty and originality (1–7)
- Does the project extend or challenge current understanding, opinion or practice in its field?
- Is the project built on a unique combination of ideas, preliminary data, and different methodologies to create novel approaches to address the question at hand?
- Is there potential for creation of new knowledge, novel technologies, or new directions for research and advancement of the field?
Merits of the applicant (1–7)
- How does the applicant’s academic qualifications and achievements relate to his or her career stage and active time for research?
- Does the applicant have sufficient clinical and research experience, expertise, level of independence and scientific network for implementation of the proposed project?
- Will the applicant combine research and clinical duties with time for visits at international institutes?
- Is the general design, including the time frame, realistic for implementing the proposed project?
- Are the materials, methods, experimental models, and when appropriate, patient cohorts adequate and well adapted to the hypothesis or research question?
- Are the resources needed well defined and at place?
Overall grade (1–7)
The above subsidiary criteria are weighed together into an overall grade, which reflects the review panel’s joint evaluation of the application’s scientific quality.
Additional assessment criterion
For the call an additional assessment criterion, “Relevance to the call”, is used. The “Relevance” criterion will not be weighed into the overall grade. Instead, it is to be weighed into an application’s ranking in relation to others.
- In what way does the research proposal have the potential to provide new knowledge of disease mechanisms and result in advancements in the understanding of factors that impact on the emergence of infectious diseases or antimicrobial resistance?
- Does the project have the potential of advancing the field with regard to treatments and/or interventional procedures for conditions that occur due to infections and antimicrobial resistance?
- Is there capacity and supporting activities to make translational impact from the research findings to prevention and treatment of infections or antimicrobial resistance?
Review panels (will be published shortly)
When you have registered your application and the call closes (at 14.00/2 pm on the deadline date of the call), the registration of your application is automatically finalised and your application is given a registration number.
Your registered application is automatically forwarded to the representative of the administrating organisation for signature in Prisma. The application must be signed by the administrating organisation no later than one week (seven calendar days) after the deadline. You will receive an email when the application has been signed.
Thereafter you will find information about the status of the application, registration number and signature of the application in your account in Prisma, under the tab “Applications and grants”.
The scientific evaluation of the application is carried out by active researchers. These peer reviewers evaluate the application in competition with the other applications on the basis of the evaluation criteria set by the Swedish Research Council (read more under “How your application is evaluated”).
If an application is not completed according to the instructions, this will be weighed into the evaluation.
Shortly after the grant decision has been made, a notice of the grant awards will be published on the Swedish Research Council’s website. You will thereafter find a notice of the decision and a final statement on your application in your personal account in Prisma, under the tab “Applications and grants”. The statement consists of a grading and, in some cases, written comments.
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