Seed money call for interdisciplinary research

Last changed: 08 December 2023

To strengthen interdisciplinary research, SLU Future Forests is launching a seed money call in subjects related to forest sciences and sustainable forestry development. Call deadline is 23 February.

What can you apply for?

  1. Short-term projects/pilot studies, which could be the basis for larger interdisciplinary projects, such as field trials, forest or people surveys, and short reviews.
  2. Writing applications with an inter-, multi- or transdisciplinary approach.

The funds can be used for salary, costs of stay and travel for those involved in the project and for organizing seminars or workshops.

Who can apply?

Researchers at SLU, Skogforsk and Umeå University. Involving junior colleagues is strongly encouraged. It is also encouraged to involve at least one key actor outside of academia as co-applicant.

How much can you apply for?

You can apply for 50 000-100 000 SEK per proposal. Up to five proposals will be funded.


Submit the proposal as a PDF to

The proposal should contain the following information:

  • Short CVs of the project leader and co-applicants (max 0,5 page for each applicant)
  • Project description (maximum 1 page, font size 11, Arial) describing;
    • Purpose and aims and how the proposal is inter-, trans- or multidisciplinary
    • Planned activities including timeline and budget.
    • Participating persons and the contribution of each partner.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for funding, the proposal needs to fulfil the following criteria:

  • The main applicant must be employed at SLU, Skogforsk or Umeå University.
  • The project must be relevant for developing a sustainable future forest.

Call deadline

23 February. 

Selection criteria

The projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. The potential of the project to contribute to interdisciplinary research.
  2. The project being relevant for forest science and forestry.
  3. The involvement of early career scientists as well as non-academic actors.
  4. The feasibility of the project in terms of timeline and budget.
  5. The novelty of the project for providing innovative solutions to current problems with in the forest sector.

Evaluation process & report

The proposals will be discussed and if needed, further developed together with the Future Forests working group. The final decision will be made by the steering group for the Future Forests platform and the dean of the SLU Faculty of Forest Sciences.

A selected project can start immediately after the grant contract has been signed. Projects can be up to 12 months in duration. A final report should be submitted to the Future Forests administration no later than two months after the end date of the project.

Final decisions will be given after the board meeting in late March.