Rules and instructions for research funding, 2020

Please read through this document carefully before you start your application. We recommend that you start to work on your application in good time so you have a chance to deal with unexpected problems during the submission process. 

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Who can apply?

Every application should have a chief applicant, who also acts as project leader and has scientific responsibility for the project. The chief applicant must be active in the project. The chief applicant should have a Swedish doctorate or equivalent foreign degree or other equivalent competence and be attached to a university in Sweden. The PhD degree is considered to have been awarded when all requirements, including all compulsory courses and oral examinations, have been met and the doctoral thesis has been approved.

On the date the period of funding commences, the project leader who has received the award from CIF must be employed by the academic institution which receives the funding. However, an individual does not need to be employed before making an application.

Retired researchers with an employment (at least 20% on an academic institution) as a senior professor or equivalent may be the chief applicant. The researcher must be employed at the time of application.

Associate applicants are scientists who play an important role in the success of the suggested project. Read more in the section on Research collaboration.

What types of applications can you make?

CIF has four different types of applications and in the on-line application system they all have specific prefixes. Please take care to select the correct type of application when you enter the system.

Project funding

This is indicated by the prefix P2020.

What period of time does the funding cover?

Funding may cover one year provided that resources made available to CIF remain at current, or higher, levels.

How many applications can you make?

A chief applicant may apply for:

  • One application for project funding
  • One application for funding for post-doctoral researchers including funding for operating costs
  • One application for funding for associations, collaboration and networking

How much funding can be awarded?

A chief applicant can receive a maximum of funding of 400,000 SEK per year for a project.

If you are also applying for a post-doctoral position, you can be awarded:

  • 450,000 SEK for a post-doctoral position plus a basic grant of 100,000 SEK for operating costs
  • 450,000 SEK for a post-doctoral position and a project funding of a maximum amount of 400,000 SEK


The research programme shall give as complete a description of the project as possible. The headings below correspond to tabs in the on-line application system.

Project (2,500 characters and spaces)

Here you fill in the project title, choose the subject area, if you have an ethical review, and state the person responsible on the administrative body (head of department or equivalent) who certifies that the study can be carried out at the stated university. In addition, you should write a summary project description which should provide a short summary of the purpose of the research and how it is to be carried out.

The summary of the research project shall contain a short description of:

  • Background
  • Main questions to be addressed
  • Schedule of work and methods
  • Describe the importance of the programme in its area of research, particularly in terms of its creativity and originality.

Choosing the subject area

When choosing the evaluation group, there are three specified main groups. You choose the group that best matches your own subject area. In addition to these three main groups, it is possible to choose “Other subject area” – if so, specify which. If the application is multidisciplinary, we can allow several groups to make an assessment. If so, specify it under “Other subject area”. CIF is responsible for the final decision as to the placement of an application in a subject area. If needed, CIF we will bring in other experts with the necessary expertise to evaluate the research application.

Relevance and importance to sport (1,500 characters and spaces)

Explain the relevance and importance of this project to sport. All applications need to demonstrate a clear relevance to sport and we welcome projects which are the result of discussions with sports associations.

The Swedish Research Council for Sport Science definition of relevance to sport

Sport can be broadly defined as, “all physical activity in which individuals consciously engage for reasons including the maintenance and improvement of health and performance, competition or recreation.”

The Swedish Research Council for Sport Science supports research into sport. In the current financial situation, when resources are very limited, the Board has drawn up definitions of “relevance to sport”, which define the types of research which it supports. By doing so, research aimed at treating disease through sports can not currently be financed.

The relevance of sport in research: physiology, medicine and biomechanics

The starting point of the research must be physical activity of importance to health or physical performance or both. The research will deal with biological functions, as well as mechanisms and methods that promote health and sporting performance.

Definitions of sport in the social sciences and humanities and appropriate areas of research

In humanities and social sciences studies of activities regarded as sports by society as well as participants are relevant. Studies of movement cultures that are usually not referred to as sports, but is nevertheless included in the definition of sport given above are also relevant.

In addition, relevant studies should aim at problematizing and developing sport activities in relation to for example performance, accessibility and diversity.

The relevance of sport in research: traumatology, rehabilitation and orthopaedics

Research aims at prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries, and includes projects focussing on mechanisms of injuries and methods related to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of importance for sports performance.

Ethical reviews

Please note that certain types of research can be carried out only after an ethical review. The objective of an ethical review is to protect people who are subjects in research programmes from personal, physical and psychological harm.  Similarly, animal rights legislation controls the use of animals in experiments, requiring approval from the Swedish Ethical Review Authority before experiments start. An ethical review must have been carried out, and approval given, before any research starts. This approval need not be sent to the Swedish Research Council for Sport Science as it is assumed that approval has been granted before research commences, but if you have an ethical review please note this under the tab Project.

Specific goals and purpose of the project (2,500 characters and spaces)

Give a short account of the purpose and goals of the project.

Background and previously published results (3,500 characters and spaces)

Give an account of previous and relevant research as well as general concepts, theories and hypotheses which led to the creation of the main questions to be addressed in the project. References from the literature should be outlined in a coherent way. References are listed under the tab Reference list (Ref. list).

Reasons and considerations for studying women and/or men (1,500 characters and spaces)

Applicants shall, with respect to the project’s main questions, outline:

  • What current research tells us about women and men in this context
  • Whether research into women and/or men is lacking in this context
  • Reasons, if any, for studying only women or only men in this context

Methodology and plan of work (7,000 characters and spaces)

Please give a full description of the methodology and set of theories which are to be used. List the available equipment and what needs to be procured (to be specified under the “Finance” tab). The plan of work shold include a description of how the work is to be organized, any sub-projects or power calculations, and a time-schedule.

Preliminary results (2,500 characters and spaces)

Please describe any preliminary results arrived at in the course of, or associated with, the project.

It is not possible to enter figures, tables or diagrams in fields intended for text. Below the text field for preliminary results there is a link where you can upload a PDF containing figures, tables or diagrams along with short, written descriptions.

Reference list (3,500 characters and spaces)

The list of references should be outlined in a coherent way (author, title and source) in Swedish or English.


Project funding may be requested to cover costs for personnel (including National Insurance – Swedish LKP), operations and equipment. It is important to state whether there are other possible sources of project funding.

Cost specification

Under this tab costs for personnel, equipment and operations are specified and justified. Only costs which apply to the applications for funds from CIF should be included.

Salaried positions/salary costs

Personnel costs may include the salary of the project leader and salaries for other people in the project. Salaries should be specified for each individual. Costs/payments related to participants is specified separately.


Travel costs include costs for travel in connection with the project as well as costs for international meetings between researchers (i.e., travel and living costs).

Publishing costs

Costs of publishing and translation.

Administration costs

If a claim is made for shared university/college overhead costs, these costs must be given here.

Other sources of finance

You are required to specify the names of other bodies you have applied to, or plan to apply to, for funds. Please give the name of the body and the amount you have applied for or already received. You do not need to give any further details.

Curriculum vitae (9,500 characters and spaces)

The applicant shall submit a short description of his/her qualifications. Points which are not applicable may be left blank.


  • Degree (year, subject area)
  • PhD (year, discipline/subject area, title of thesis)
  • Post-doctoral appointments (year and placement)
  • Associate professorship (year)
  • Professorship (year)
  • Current position, period of contract, proportion of research time.
  • Previous position, period of contract (specify type of position).
  • Reasons for periods of absence from active research. These include: parental leave, illness, civic/elected duties, military service, general and specialist medical training. Give the date and number of months.
  • Doctoral students you have supervised who have been awarded PhD’s. (Names, year PhD degree was awarded.)
  • Doctoral students who are currently under your supervision (Name, estimated year PhD to be awarded)
  • Other information relevant to the application.

Publications (15,000 characters and spaces)

A list of your publications during the previous five years. Include only articles which have already been, or have been accepted for publication. Among these, indicate with an asterisk (*) the five publications which are most relevant to your current project.

List the publications under numbered headings in the following order:

  1. Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters
  2. Peer-reviewed contributions to conferences, where results have not been published elsewhere
  3. Review articles, book chapters and books
  4. Popular scientific articles
  5. For post-doctoral researchers: List the articles included in your thesis, or the title of the monograph which made up your doctoral thesis.

Research collaboration

Your fellow applicants

Provide names, titles, email addresses, names of academic institutions, and schools/departments of a maximum of three co-applicants.

Curriculum vitae and publications for the co-applicants (9,500 characters and spaces)

A brief description of the co-applicant’s qualifications and publications. Note that the space will be sufficient for all co-applicants.

Cooperation plan (2,500 characters and spaces)

Write a short description of who does what in the project and what each one should contribute. The cooperation plan is an important part of the assessment of feasibility.

Time frames for projects

The time frame for a one-year contract is from 2020‐01‐01 to 2021‐12‐31.

Further questions

For more information, please contact the office at CIF:

Marie Broholmer, tel: +46(0)8 120 537 62,
Christine Dartsch, tel: +46(0)8 120 537 60,