Open call (UF Open)

Last changed: 17 September 2019

SLU Urban Futures publishes open calls two times a year, when SLU employees can apply for seed funding supporting multi-/ inter- and transdisciplinary research projects or publications aiming at enhancing urban sustainability. Up to five applications will be granted a maximum of 50 000 SEK each.

What projects are we looking for?

SLU Urban Futures wants to further stimulate projects

that are just starting and in need of an incentive to prepare next steps for taking off, typically for applying at a funding body; f.ex. a consortium needs to be composed or brought together, topics identified and research questions formulated – in this case SLU Urban Futures can help with funding travel costs to network meetings or conferences in order to distinguish state-of-the-art research and bring potential consortium members together.

that have so far been developed on a local level/ on one particular sector of SLU and are in need of an incentive to open up to other researchers/ teachers/ actors of society, ideally international ones, or other fields of knowledge and know-how, ideally in transdisciplinary constellations; f.ex. a campus-based research project needs to prepare its ‘Generation 2.0’– in this case SLU Urban Futures can help with funding working hours for staff to organise the shift, including network meetings, presentations, outreach etc.

that are under development and need a review article to scrutinise a field of knowledge, a synthetic article to help frame a question, a common publication of a future consortium, an overview publication to bring together knowledge across related research projects, a popular scientific publication (f.ex. non-academic professional literature) to increase impact on society - in this case SLU Urban Futures can help with funding working hours for staff, equipment for building archives or processing image material, open access costs, production costs. 

The examples above are indicative – we are open to many other well motivated cases for support.

Who can apply?

Only people employed at SLU can apply and the working hours funding must be used within SLU, furthermore for project partners’ travel costs, for services, consultancies, equipment.  The application can be written in Swedish or English. 


Applications are evaluated in relation to the extent of which the proposal:

  • Contributes to the development of transdisciplinary research at SLU
  • Relates to the thematic focus of SLU Urban Futures (see below)
  • Aims at disclosing new funding sources
  • Initiates new/international collaborations
  • Comprises applicants from different parts of SLU

SLU Urban Futures' thematic focus

The thematic focus of the platform includes spatial and socio-ecological sustainability perspectives on urban environments as habitat for various groups of humans as well as other-than-human actor, and on urban-rural and urban-hinterland dependencies and interactions.

Next open call

SLU Urban Futures will publish two open calls per year. There is no open calls available at the moment. 


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