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Sustainable Idea Exploration

A great chance to let your research make a difference

Solar cells of the future, the optimal solution to a global carbon tax or a policy that creates peace? Your idea can be a piece of the puzzle in the transition to a sustainable society.

This is an opportunity to explore the innovative potential and fund activities outside the scope of your existing research project. The purpose of this grant is to support the development of early innovative ideas from research projects with an impact on sustainability.

Granted proposals receive funding up to 150 000 SEK per project. The Sustainable Idea Exploration is a recurring call, the next application period will open in spring 2023.

What do we mean by sustainability?

This grant targets projects that deliver positive environmental and social impact with potential financial viability. Sustainable development is about fulfilling today’s needs without jeopardising future generations’ opportunities to satisfy theirs. This requires a balance between economic growth, environmental care and social well-being.

In the application form, we will ask you to motivate the idea’s sustainability impact.

Learn more about sustainable development on Sustainability Forum's website

What do we mean by early ideas?

The Sustainable Idea Exploration Grant enables you to develop and verify an innovative concept. Most likely you have an idea or some basic principles from your research results, but to explore the innovative potential you need to carry out activities outside your existing research project. 

Who can apply?

The main applicant must be a researcher or PhD-student employed at Lund University. Additionally, the applicant must have carried out, or been active in the research project on which the application is based. We specifically encourage young researchers, and female researchers, to apply. It is only possible to be the main applicant in one application.

What can be funded?

Eligible expenses should be related to specific activities needed to develop/demonstrate/verify the innovative potential of the research results and/or salary costs when relevant.

The funding is paid to the appropriate host department for the duration of a maximum of 12 months. Granted projects are expected to be reported within one month after termination/conclusion.

Evaluation Criteria

The applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

1. Fulfillment of the purpose of the grant

Is there a clear description showing how the proposed activities will take the project closer to innovation/utilization and departs it from research?

2. Possible sustainability impact

Does the project contribute to economic, social, and/or environmental sustainability with a holistic perspective and positive impact in both scope and duration?

3. Novelty and originality

Will the project lead to innovative solutions or implementations in its use?

4. Scientific quality of the research behind the proposed project.

5. Feasibility

Is there a realistic plan and budget for the project?

6. Expected results and effects

Will the result from the proposed activities substantially take the project closer to innovation?


Contact information

For general questions about the fund: sustainabilityfund [at] innovation [dot] lu [dot] se

For specific questions about Sustainable Idea Exploration, contact Innovation Developer thomas [dot] rundqvist [at] innovation [dot] lu [dot] se (Thomas Rundqvist.)