Support to research

Last changed: 22 January 2020

Large groups of organisms are still virtually unknown to science. The Swedish Taxonomy Initiative (STI) supports research and inventories directed towards these groups

Taxonomy and Systematics

There are no reliable identification keys or handbooks for these poorly known groups. Thus, scientists often encounter great difficulties in distinguishing species and using their names unambiguously. For these groups basic science is necessary - to reveal the basic taxonomy (which species are there?), nomenclature (what should they be called?) and systematic relationships (how are they related to each other and to other groups?). This research is carried out by both Swedish and international researchers.


Inventories are often necessary in order to find out which species are present in Sweden. In many cases they are performed as an integrated part of a research project. In other cases specialist field workers carry out more generalized sampling of poorly known organismal groups or poorly sampled habitats. 

Grants for support to taxonomic research and inventories

The Swedish Taxonomy Initiative yearly announces grants for taxonomic research and inventories targeting poorly known organismal groups. The applications are reviewed by the independent experts of the Scientific Committee of the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative, and the grants are then distributed accordingly.

Upcoming call for proposals

The 2020 call for proposals opens in April. From this year on, the applications are partly digitalised, and they will be processed by a newly established secretariat. These updated routines will guarantee the quality of both the administration and the follow-up of the scientific results of the projects.

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