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SLU’s Environmental Monitoring and Assessment program Built Environment announces development aid

Published: 12 January 2021

SLU's Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (EMA) Program Built Environment, coordinated by the Faculty of Landscape architecture, Horticultural and Plant Production Science (LTV), announces funding for projects 2021.

The projects should apply the perspective designed living environments and aim at developing methods or computer applications in the environmental analysis where accessibility and long-term/follow-upability is a quality, and/or contributes to requested decision-making documents for the societal stakeholders.

The proposed orientations of the projects in this call are:

·       children's and young people's outdoor environment

·       older people’s outdoor environment

·       urban ecosystem services

·       quality of contemporary  residential courtyards

·       health in relation to designed living environments

Through this call, the Faculty wants to encourage new applications in environmental analysis and increase collaboration, both internally and externally. It is an advantage if the results of the projects granted can lead to future external missions regarding continuous environmental monitoring within designed living environments – which is the architecture policy decided by the Riksdag in connection with the environmental objective goals of a good built environment.

The applications will be presented to and discussed with the programme's external reference group with participants from societal stakeholders such as the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, after which the Deputy Dean at the LTV Faculty submits a proposal for decision to the Fatulty Board. The call process is in itself of great value in that it contributes to a dialogue about the development and direction of SLU's environmental analysis.

The maximum amount per project to apply for is SEK 250,000. The project funding advertised covers SEK 500,000 (corresponding to 2-3 projects) and will be issued as a one-off grant in 2021. However, part of the funds may be available in 2022, if special reasons exist. In case of late or non-delivery, the faculty can withdraw funds.

Preliminary reporting of the projects will take place in December 2021 in SLU's reporting system and by an oral report to the programme's external reference group. In addition to this reporting, the project concludes in January 2022 with a popular scientific publication of the results. Scientific publication of the results is encouraged, but should take place outside the project envelope.

Application and decision

Applicants are employed at SLU. The application is made briefly in the digital form Projektplan Miljöanalys (login with ad\username and password). Also send the finished application in pdf format to the Registrar at (use the print function in the browser and save as a pdf file). Use "SLU-ID 2020.4.3-4777" as subject.

The form should be opened in the Internet Explorer browser, in order to get full functionality. In case of technical problems with the form contact Mikaela Asplund.

The deadline for applications is 12 February 2021

A decision is expected to be notified on 31 March 2021. Contact program coordinator Harald Klein, if you have any questions about the call.


SLU's Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

SLU is the only Swedish university that has the government's mission to conduct continuous environmental analysis. The background to this is the extensive monitoring of natural resources and the environment that has been carried out over a long period of time, the many synergies with research into biological natural resources, and the close link with education, both at basic and advanced level.

The environmental analysis highlights both society's potential to use natural resources sustainably and the environmental impact of this use. Studies and analyses of natural resource use in various actions are natural parts of the activities. In order to produce these data, access is needed to comprehensive environmental data and to scientific expertise with knowledge of current national and international regulations, which analyse the results.

Through cooperation with societal stakeholders, primarily responsible ministries, national and regional authorities but also municipalities and the general public, SLU supports the whole society with a material for the state and development of the environment. In order to promote this collaboration, continuous environmental analysis is organized in programmes related to the national environmental goals and Sweden's international environmental cooperations.

More information about each environmental analysis programme.

//Harald Klein, EMA coordinator program Built Environment


Harald Klein, coordinator at the Movium Think Tank
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