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Industrial pilot projects for utilisation of large-scale infrastructures for neutron and photon based techniques – 2020

In this offer, we support project initiatives that build competence around industrial utilisation of advanced analytical techniques as those u at MAX IV and ESS. The proposals should be based on a need for at least one Swedish company and address verification regarding the suitability of the techniques to meet the need of the company.

The offer in brief

What can you apply for?

A) Preparatory Project with maximum project period five months B) Pilot experiment with maximum project period 18 months

Who can apply?

Legal entities At least two project partners. Of these, at least one is a Swedish registered company that owns the need. At least one additional project partner must be a different Swedish organisation that contributes with the expertise regarding the neutron- and/or photon based experiment. Swedish also means organisations with an establishment or branch in Sweden.

How much can you apply for?

A) Preparatory project: SEK 200 000 B) Pilot experiment: SEK 500 000 The total budget for the call for proposals is SEK 10 million.

Important dates

  • What is the offer about?

    Through the funding offer, we want to strengthen Swedish skills regarding how industry can use and benefit from large-scale research infrastructures for neutron and photon-based techniques. 

    Each project proposal should be based on the development needs of at least one Swedish company which is also a project participant.  

    The work in the project shall aim to verify whether neutron or photon-based technologies are suitable options to meet the challenge or development need of the company beyond what can be achieved using analytical techniques accessible at ordinary laboratory environments.  

    This is presumed to need supporting expert expertise regarding the neutron- or photon-based technology addressed. The project consortium shall therefore also include at least one additional Swedish participant organization that assists with appropriate expertise related to the technique addressed and implementation of the project plan  

    The project activities shall aim to adopt new technologies for at least one actively participating company. The offer does therefor not intend additional- or modified experiments to investigate materials/properties with similar techniques/methods as the company has previously received funding for from Vinnova.

    The funding offer includes two different types of projects:

    A) Preparatory project

    Each project proposal can apply for a maximum grant of SEK 200.000. The maximum project period length is five (5) months.

    The proposal shall be based on a hypothesis regarding how photon or neutron- based technologies can meet the company's needs. The focus can be a broader mapping of relevant analysis opportunities to meet an identified challenge for the company. It can also be a narrower planning study that addresses feasibility issues for preparing a specific experiment.

    B) Pilot experiment

    Each project proposal can apply for a maximum grant of SEK 500.000. The maximum project period length is 18 months.
    The intended project should include an experiment at an already identified experimental station for neutron- or photon-based techniques, as well as adequat results analysis and planning for how the results can be utilized after the project. The call for proposals allows experiments at MAX IV as well as at international large-scale research infrastructures for neutron and photon-based techniques. All types of access for experimental/beam time are allowed and beam time is an eligible cost.

    How to apply

    To apply for funding, you need to log in and complete an application form in our eServices portal. The application form contains questions about your project, the participants taking part in the project and your budget. 

    Download document templates for your attachments

    Plesae download the templates for the documents you need to attach to your application such as a CV or project description.

    Please allow enough time

    Please keep in mind that it takes time to complete an application. Filling in the templates can take several days, since they're based on analyses you need to do. Therefore, start the application well in advance. You can start filling in details, then save and continue at a later time.

    When you've completed your application, please mark it as done ("klar"). You can unlock and make changes to your application at any time until the call closes. If you unlock your application, you must mark it as done ("klarmarkera") if you want the application registered when the call closes. 

    What happens after the call has closed?

    Once your application has been registered, we'll send a confirmation email to the person responsible for the user account, as well as to the project manager and the company signer. Please note that this may take a few hours after the call has closed.

    After the closing date, you can't register any new information. You may only add information to your application if we ask for it.

    Who can read your application?

    Applications submitted to us become official documents. However, we don't disclose information about business operations, inventions or research results if it can be assumed that someone will suffer economic damage if we do.

    This means that we must disclose the documents if someone requests them. However, we can black out information if we believe it could cause economic harm if disclosed.

    How we handle official documents and privacy

    Reference number 2020-00869

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