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StratNeuro Grants

StratNeuro has three programmes you can apply to for funding of your research: the Young Investigator Research programme, the Start-up programme as well as the grant for Collaborative Neuroscience Pilot Research Projects.


Young Investigator Programme

Within the young investigators programme, successful candidates is provided with four-year internationally competitive funding packages to pursue independent research such that they can rapidly build up internationally competitive research groups.

The programme is built on the “hire the best” principle, and the selection among candidates will be made by an international evaluation committee. We particularly encourage female applicants with a translational approach, to strengthen the link between basic and clinical science.

After the end of the four-year period, the young investigators are evaluated according to the new career system at Karolinska Institutet for promotion to the next step in their career.

Collaborative Neuroscience Pilot Research Projects

StratNeuro announces grants for Collaborative Neuroscience Research Projects. This funding is aimed towards building NEW multidisciplinary collaborations for high risk/high impact research projects in the area of the Nervous System and Disease. Projects that could have an impact on understanding mechanisms of nervous system diseases, diagnosis, preventive and therapeutic interventions will be prioritized. Proposals must come from applicants that have not collaborated before and have no common publications or grants and therefore form a new collaboration. 


One main applicant from Karolinska Institutet (KI), and one co-applicant from KI, or the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), or Umeå University (UmU). 

Grant amount

Maximum grant amount: 1,6 MSEK/project over a 2-year period which will be sent to the main applicant. Researchers can only be applicants in one project proposal. Researchers with ongoing funding from StratNeuro and the StratNeuro Board members are excluded from applying. Please note that previous unspent funding from StratNeuro precludes additional funding. 

Main selection criteria will be:

  • Originality 
  • Scientific quality
  • Merits of the applicants 
  • Potential for scientific and/or clinical impact 
  • Clear explanation on how the proposed research differs from other funded projects of the Principal Investigators 

Please include the following in your letter of intent (LOI):

  • Title page and contact information 
  • Abstract of 150 words or less describing the project (no contact information) 
  • Project description of maximum 2 pages (11 point Arial font, including figures and references). Clarify the importance of the new collaboration for the impact of the project. 
  • Biographical sketches for the two main applicants, including current and pending sources of support (max 2 pages).

Call deadline - LOIs must be received by June 14, 2019 at 16:00 hours. 

Selection process

The evaluation process will be based on the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) evaluation criteria. LOIs will be evaluated and scored by the StratNeuro Board members. 

The 8-10 applications with the highest total scores will be requested to complete a 5-page proposal. The full proposal will be evaluated by external experts. 

Full proposals should be submitted before August 15, 2019. Details will be announced after the evaluation of the LOI. 
Applicants that have been invited to submit a full application will be notified of funding decisions by the middle of September, but will not receive written feedback from the evaluation process. Awardees will be required to submit year-end progress reports and to present their project and progress at the StratNeuro retreat and meetings. 

LOIs and completed applications should be submitted as pdf files to:

StratNeuro awards a total of 10 MSEK to the following Collaborative Neuroscience Pilot Research Projects:

  • Waking up for Motivation: A Direct Hypothalamo-Cortical Pathway Mediated by Persistent Subplate Neurons (Broberger and Medini)
  • In situ sequencing to characterize oligodendrocyte lineage heterogeneity in development and disease (Castelo Branco and M. Nilsson)
  • Neural circuits underlying sound level processing (Lallemand, Meletis and Cederroth)
  • Neural control of the foreign body response (Stevens, Olofsson and Tracey)
  • Engineering location-specific aggregation of amyloidogenic proteins: effects on aggregation, clearance and neurotoxicity (Dantuma, Johansson and P. Nilsson)

Forty-one applications were submitted for StratNeuro Collaborative Neuroscience Pilot Research Projects.