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Call for applications - Cross-disciplinary Thematic Groups within SLU's Interdisciplinary Academy

Published: 17 May 2022
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The Interdisciplinary Academy is a newly established programme at SLU where You, being a researcher at SLU, is offered the opportunity to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries on complex issues in the broad field of green transformation.

The call welcomes groups of 5-10 researchers (maximum 10 in total) who are employed at SLU, regardless of faculty affiliation or subject specialisation, to submit proposals for themes that consist of questions about a scientific problem area of a complex nature and that need a cross-disciplinary approach to be managed and perhaps solved.

For example, a theme may concern sustainable land and water use, the human-animal relationship, the relationship between land for forestry and land for food production, global food security or digitalisation for the green transformation, but the groups are encouraged to come up with their own thematic proposals.

The group, or groups, that are awarded the grant develop the theme's issues together over eight months (November 2022-June 2023). The Interdisciplinary Academy will have a programme manager with practical, theoretical and methodological knowledge and experience of cross-disciplinary collaborations, who will offer support and inspiration to the groups during the project period.

Read more about the call and how to apply here

Read the news item about the Interdisciplinary Academy here

Information and inspiration events for applicants

For support and inspiration in the application work, several information webinars will be held:


The Interdisciplinary Academy at SLU is established and run as a pilot project by the NJ Faculty and SLU Future Food during autumn 2022 and spring 2023 with the aim of building a long-term organisation for the development of cross-disciplinary research at SLU. Inspiration has been drawn from the Pufendorf Institute at Lund University. The hope is that the programme will lead to increasing knowledge of, and interest in, cross-disciplinary research work, strengthen the ability to process research questions from a cross-disciplinary perspective, and facilitate cross-disciplinary research collaborations between different departments. The pilot project's budget is estimated at approximately SEK 2.9 million, of which just over SEK one million is financed by the NJ faculty and SEK 1.8 million is financed by SLU Future Food.