The research grant process starts with the application, which is to be received by the Competition Authority no later than 1 February. Following this, the applications are examined by the Authority and the Council for Research Issues and they are discussed at a Council meeting in May.
In the Budget Bill for 2020, the Government has proposed that the Swedish Competition Authority's research grants be reduced by SEK 3 million. The Swedish Competition Authority's research grant will thus, if the Riksdag decides in accordance with the Government's proposal, be largely subscribed for already ongoing projects. This means that the Swedish Competition Authority is not able to carry out any announcement of research funding for 2020.
The Council makes a recommendation regarding which applications should be granted funding. The Director General subsequently makes a decision regarding the award of research funding for the current budget year. Decisions are taken for one year at a time, even for longer projects, but these are generally granted ongoing financing.
When do I find out whether my application has been granted?
Everyone who applies to us for funding receives a personal notification regarding whether or not their applications has been granted. The decisions are normally sent out at the end of May.
For those whose applications have been granted, we send out contracts on an annual basis together with two requisitions for payment, one for payment in July and one for payment in December. Half of the funds granted for the year are allocated in advance, for each six-month period.
You can see which projects have been awarded research funding and read popular scientific descriptions of them in the Competition Authority’s list of ongoing and completed research project on the Swedish web page. Please note that the information on that page is mainly in Swedish.