Navigating the jungle of funds, grants and subsidies is not always an easy task. Here is a list of links that can help you find financing for your project. Use the list as a shortcut to those sources you already know about, or browse through them to find new sources. The list is primarily divided into geographic areas covered by the financing programmes and you can reach the different parts by clicking on the headings below. Under "Other" you will find general assistance, guides etc.
Note: This list is far from complete; let us know about links you think should be included.
Region Blekinge handles project funds for regional development in Blekinge. Priority areas are specified in the Regional Growth Programme.
Regional fund for competitiveness and employment in Skåne Blekinge 2007 - 2013
Nutek administers the regional fund.
General information about the fund
Click to visit Skåne-Blekinge website with priority areas, current calls for proposals and information about the application and reporting processes.
The Social Fund offers opportunities to apply for funding for activities that strengthen the individual in the labour market and contribute to growth and increased employment.
There is a national plan, with regional plans based on the national plan.
The regional plan in our area is for Skåne Blekinge.
General information about the fund
Click to visit Skåne-Blekinge website with priority areas, current announcements and information about how to apply and report.
This foundation offers grants to support regional development: business sector, research and education in Kronoberg and Kalmar Counties as well as parts of Blekinge and southern Halland.
NOTE: Beginning Nov. 5, 2008: No new grants will be approved temporarily due to the financial situation. New grant rounds are expected to resume when conditions so permit.
Supports international scientific work
The purpose of the foundations is to support research in the social sciences, particularly in economic history, economic geography, business administration, national economy and econometrics.
Primarily personal grants.
Research projects and in some cases also grants
Coordinates and finances Nordic research
EU research programmes
The EU Commission's website for information about research and development (7th framework programme, FP7). Contains all research programmes.
Swedish contact point for information about research and development, 7th framework programme, FP7, CIP, Marco Polo, EUREKA, COST. Information provided about EU research programmes.
Portal for ICT within the EU. This site presents various EU programmes with a focus on ICT. You will find policy documents and information about announcements, conferences and completed and current projects.
Note: For information about Researcher Mobility, individual grants, please see the special Marie Curie site within FP7:
Erasmus Mundus offers opportunities for international postgraduate education programmes:
The best way to find partners is to go through established networks. Sometimes additional partners may be needed; this can be approached in several ways. Read about some of them at:
Green papers are discussion papers published by the Commission on a specific policy area. Primarily they are documents addressed to interested parties - organisations and individuals - who are invited to participate in a process of consultation and debate. In some cases they provide an impetus for subsequent legislation.
White papers are documents containing proposals of Community action in a specific area. They sometimes follow a green paper published to launch a consultation process at European level. While green papers set out a range of ideas presented for public discussion and debate, white papers contain an official set of proposals in specific policy areas and are used as vehicles for their development.
Other EU programmes
The INTERREG programmes are part of the EU's structural funds just like the Regional and Social Fund. The Interreg programmes involve cooperation with other participants within the EU. There are three sub-programmes, A, B and C, which cover different large geographical areas. Here is the information about the areas that involve Blekinge:
(Blekinge is what is known as a 20% area)
EU programme for research cooperation with countries outside the EU
The International Programme Office is the Swedish national point for the EU's programme for lifelong learning. The office provides support to schools, universities, businesses, organisations and individuals for participation in international cooperation. Covers all education from preschool to college, including lifelong learning programmes for adults. About 30 different financing programmes are available.
Provides grants to cultural cooperation projects in all artistic and cultural fields (performing arts, plastic and visual arts, literature, heritage, cultural history, etc.)
Contact persons at the Swedish Arts Council and the National Heritage Board provide assistance during the proposal phase; see www.kulturradet.se
Calls and guidelines at http://ec.europa.eu/culture/calls-for-proposals/call98_en.htm
Cofinances environmental initiatives in the European Union and certain third countries bordering on the Mediterranean and the Baltic Sea, and in those EU candidate countries that have decided to participate. Swedish contact point; Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, http://www.naturvardsverket.se/sv/EU-och-Internationellt/EU-arbetet-i-Naturvardsverket/Miljoprogrammet-Life-plus/
The new programme is based on three general objectives: health information, rapid reaction to health threats and health promotion through addressing health determinants. Activities such as networks, coordinated responses, sharing of experience, training and dissemination of information and knowledge will be inter-linked and mutually reinforcing. The new programme also builds on experience acquired in the international context, in particular cooperation with international organisations such as WHO and the Council of Europe.
The ESF is an organisation with 77 member organisations in 30 countries. In Sweden the Swedish Research Council is the coordinating party for ESF, a European association and a forum that promotes the exchange of information and discussions on research policy. ESF provides grants for various types of research cooperation and also formulates recommendations and carries out studies relating to research policy.
German foundation, research cooperation, grants, awards
EU programme for research cooperation with countries outside the EU.
NOPEF approves loans and grants for Nordic enterprises for research costs related to export projects and establishing operations abroad. Projects must be located outside the EU and EFTA area.
Educational Exchange USA - Sweden
SIDA provides financing, administered by the Swedish Research Council
Din guide till EU-stöd (Your guide to EU support, in Swedish)
Thematic guide with descriptions of several EU programmes.
Contact the Office for Contract Training and Projects, Eva-Lisa Ahnström, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to have the guide in book format.
The newsletter is a good way to stay up to date in your field. The various programme websites often offer an opportunity to subscribe to newsletter mailing lists. We issue a newsletter with a focus on areas of particular interest to Blekinge Institute of Technology. Choose Newsletter, archive with newsletters in the left margin on this page and subscribe.
You can receive daily news about the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) in excellent daily news bytes if you subscribe with the IPR Help desk
The EU publications office has an interinstitutional style guide that provides useful information about writing rules, abbreviations, official names of EU institutions and bodies, etc.
The glossary contains EU terms as well as European Union institutions and activities.
EU institution press releases, calendar and events, statistics etc.
You are always welcome to contact the Office for Contract Training and Projects for help navigating among the many financing opportunities.