Current call for funding for taxonomic research

Last changed: 04 May 2021

Every year, SLU Swedish Species Information Centre announces funding from the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative (STI) for taxonomic research projects pertaining to poorly-known organism groups or poorly-known habitats.

This year’s call for funding is closed.

The research focus of the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative

Research funded by the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative (STI) focuses on the taxonomy and systematics of poorly-known eukaryotic organism groups in Sweden or the Nordic countries. However, the emphasis should be on Swedish species. Where justified, the projects may also include the investigation of higher systematics and a larger geographical area. Research needs are often heterogeneous, where some subgroups may be relatively well-known and others extremely poorly-known. Inventories are often an important part of a research project and are included in this call if they have a clear connection to continued research within the context of the project for which funding is sought.

Smaller grants to cover the operating costs of one-year inventory projects of a networking nature, e.g., the mapping of poorly-known groups, cannot be applied for here; such projects are referred to the call for funding for networking activities.

Terms for applying for funding

The primary performer of the research is designated as the project leader. When applying for funding, the project leader must have completed her/his doctoral degree no later than the application deadline for the call and have documented experience of taxonomic and/or systematic research. At the start of and during the funding period, the project leader must be employed by the administrating organisation and should have her/his workplace in Sweden (but see the example for post doc projects for Swedish researchers). Partners and actors contributing other funding may be based in another country.

The administrating organisation is usually a Swedish higher educational institution. For more information, see the application form instructions.

Examples of projects

See below for examples of forms of employment for which funding can be sought for a project. Funding is normally not approved for the supervision of doctoral students, creation of the applicant’s own databases, or studies of the ecology, behaviour, population trends or detailed distribution of species.


  • Employment of a doctoral student (max 4 years). The intended main supervisor is specified as the project leader.
  • Employment as a postdoc (max 2 years). The postdoc's doctoral degree may be no more than 3 years old; funding cannot be awarded in the form of scholarships. Funding may be applied for:
    • a Swedish researcher for working at a foreign or Swedish university (other than where defending their PhD thesis). If stationed abroad, the project leader must be employed by the Swedish administrating organisation throughout the project period. The performing researcher (intended post doc) is specified as the project leader.
    • a researcher with foreign citizenship. The performing researcher (intended post doc) is specified as the project leader.
    • advertisement and appointment of an open post doc position, for both Swedish and foreign researchers. The intended host/supervisor is specified as the project leader.
  • Employment of researchers for the project (project leader’s salary and that of other researchers, if any). Funding is granted to projects lasting a maximum of 3 years. Shorter projects of 1-2 years are encouraged. The performing researcher is specified as the project leader.
  • Employment of visiting researchers (max 2 years). The intended host or visiting researcher is specified as the project leader.

Making data available

In addition to publication according to current practice in scientific journals, relevant data are submitted to the SLU Swedish Species Information Centre so that knowledge about species and organism groups can be disseminated. The material is made available through the web applications and services of the SLU Swedish Species Information Centre, from which open data are delivered to GBIF (Global Biodiversity Infrastructure).

Assessment of applications

Applications are assessed by a scientific committee consisting of at least four researchers with taxonomic expertise and by following established instructions (in Swedish). The three main assessment criteria are relevance, scientific quality and feasibility. Relevance refers to the way in which the project meets the long-term goals of the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative. Scientific quality assessed on the basis of the project leader’s merits and the quality of the project, as well as documented experience with similar projects. In the case of comparable applications, gender equality is taken into consideration.


Contact information

Questions about funding for taxonomic research and inventories from the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative (STI) can be sent to





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