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Blue Sky Grant for Innovative Cancer Research & Technology 2019

The Strategic Research Programme in Cancer (StratCan) announces up to five project grants in cancer research for well-defined innovative pilot projects that aim to demonstrate proof of principle.

About the grant

The project should be of a "high risk – high reward" type that cannot yet attract conventional funding. The aim should be to obtain proof of principle and thereby provide the basis to obtain other funding. The project should be unrelated to the applicant´s already funded projects.

The Blue Sky grant call is aimed for research projects relevant for the cancer field.

The call is open for researchers at Karolinska Institutet (including post-docs) and the research should be performed at KI.

The grant is for one year, amounts to SEK 500 000 + 25 % INDI, and can cover all kinds of project-related costs, except stipends. For very successful projects another year of funding at the same level may be available, based on assessment by the end of the first year.

The project’s originality and potential impact will first be assessed by members of the StratCan Executive board; a short-list of high-quality applications will then be sent for external review.

Blue Sky grant 2019 announcement for printing (pdf)

Application instruction

The application should be written in English and contain:

  • Research program (five pages maximum, including references). It should be explicitly defined WHY this is a Blue Sky Grant project without prior funding.
  • Short CV of the principal investigator (including current funding).
  • Publication list for the last eight years (2010-2018) in reversed chronological order. Please mark your five most important publications with an asterisk and emphasize your own name in bold. Please categorize your publications (1. peer-reviewed original articles in international journals, 2. peer-reviewed conference contributions, 3. review articles/ book chapters, 4. patents).
  • Project budget (simple project budget for the Blue Sky grant sum).

Please send your application as one pdf file named "BlueSkyAward_firstname_lastname" to

Deadline for applications is December 1st, 2018.

For further information, please contact: Sandra Falck or

The application for the Blue Sky Grant for Innovative Cancer Research & Technology 2019 is now closed.

The submitted applications are currently undergoing review.
We wish all the applicants good luck with their applications and we keep you updated!