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Research grants on innovation themes for associated and senior lecturers

The Faculty of Social Sciences in collaboration with CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation Research) is announcing research grants on the two themes of Innovation in the Global South and Technologies and the transformation of work.
Last application day was 15 January 2021.

The aim of the research grants is to promote research related to innovation on the broad themes of

  • Innovation in the Global South and  
  • Technologies and the transformation of work.

Research grants may pivot around questions such as the following:

  1. What does innovation mean in the context of the Global South?
  2. How are technologies re-contextualized and re-embedded in new social, industrial and political contexts?
  3. Who is empowered to participate in knowledge exchange, innovation development and adoption?
  4. On the role of technologies (nanotechnology, AI, etc.) in transforming societies: Why, when and how do innovations diffuse across geographies and across industrial sectors? What are the intended and unintended consequences for jobs, firms and places?

The grant covers 20 percent of the salary costs for a year with the possibility to extend by one additional year (OH cost are not covered). The successful candidate is supposed to add parts of her or his faculty funded research time to the granted 20 percent. The expected starting date is 1 February, 2021.

Expected output

  • Work towards a larger research agenda on either innovation theme, as well as work on concrete ideas about research projects and activities to realize the agenda.
  • A multi-disciplinary research proposal is drafted and ready for submission related to either of the two innovation themes.
  • Contribute to the multi-disciplinary research environment at CIRCLE by participating in seminars and events, and a one day presence per week.


Associated and senior lecturers employed at the Faculty of Social Sciences can apply.


  • The grant proposal shall be max. 2 pages and include 
  1. Justification and formulation of a research idea contributing to the broad theme of either innovation in the global south or technologies and the transformation of work.
  2. Explanation how this research idea relates and adds to the applicant’s current research activities.
  3. Reflections about the extent to which the research idea would benefit of multi-disciplinary contributions from within Social Science but also from other faculties.
  • Full CV
  • The approval of the head of department (equivalent) certifying that the reduction in other work duties is possible.


Applications are assessed by a working group composed of the vice dean, the faculty representative in CIRCLE and at least one of the Faculty Research Council members. The dean makes the decision on the grants.


Please send your application no later than 15 January 2021 to helen [dot] wiman [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se.


Elin Hermansson
Faculty Coordinator
elin [dot] hermansson [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se