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Support for cross-disciplinary applications on food, feed and forest products

Published: 16 December 2020
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Until mid-March 2021, SLU Future Food and Grants Office offer support to SLU's researchers for applications for the call Biotechnology and plant breeding - food, feed and forest products from the Foundation for Strategic Research (FSS). The purpose of the call is to support strategic research to increase Sweden's self-sufficiency and export of food and for reduced environmental and climate impact.

The projects must have a clear breeding approach, but many different subjects and disciplines might be relevant for project proposals (see list of words picked from the call below).

Four projects are granted funding and each project receives up to SEK 35 million for a five-year period. SLU has the research and competence required to have good chances of earning these research funds. Let us know if you are interested in the call or if you are already underway and we will do what we can to support.

How can SLU Future Food and Grants office support?

  • If you want to coordinate an application, we can offer some funding for the work of writing but also practical support in the form of content development, focus, collaborations and more.
  • If you want to be included in an application, we can help with match-making.

Cross-disciplinary proposals developed jointly between partners takes more time and effort compared to writing an intra-disciplinary proposal. If you are planning to or are already going ahead with a proposal, contact us, the sooner the better, so that we can support you in the best possible way.

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Words from the call text

  • reduced climate impact
  • reduced environmental impact
  • agriculture, horticulture and forestry
  • address new challenges and opportunities for the refinement of forest products
  • alternative use of existing crops or forest products to be refined for use in the food and feed industry
  • replacing fossil based products with forest-based renewable products
  • macro- and microalgae cultivation
  • agricultural and horticultural crops suited for the north
  • niche crops
  • food and feed research
  • animal husbandry
  • modern breeding techniques
  • improved population health and wellbeing in society
  • joint efforts in breeding, molecular biology, physiology, pathology, interactions with the microbiome, etc.
  • functional genomics, bioinformatics, metabolomics, protein engineering, structural biology and studies of mechanisms and metabolic pathways
  • selection strategies, statistics and field trials
  • different omics
  • gene editing and/or genetic modification techniques
  • modified microorganisms
  • competitiveness
  • export opportunity
  • entrepreneurship
  • multidisciplinary, highest international standard, strategic relevance
  • PhD students


The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) announces SEK 120 million in research funding for multidisciplinary projects in Biotechnology and plant breeding - food, feed and forest products. Granted projects receive between SEK 20-35 million over a five-year period. Estimated project start is January 1, 2022 at the earliest.

Important criteria for the evaluation of proposals are that projects have a strong focus on collaboration between different research topics and that it includes industry, public authorities or other relevant organisations and that a clear breeding approach forms the basis for the project. Many different topics can be relevant to the project (see list of words picked from the call).

The foundation can choose to fund at least one project in each of the three key categories or projects that overlap the categories.

Last day to apply to the SSF: 16 March 2021 at 14:00.