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KI-MDACC Collaborative Grants 2019/ SINF

Karolinska Institutet (KI) is part of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson) Sister Institution Network Fund (SINF) program, and now participates for the fifth time in the SINF grant call for applications.

Applications for collaborative 1-2 year project grants for cancer research projects involving KI in Stockholm and MD Anderson at The University of Texas, Houston are welcome by February 18, 2019.


Only projects using complementary expertise and developed in collaboration between faculty/staff at MD Anderson and KI with principal investigators (PI) from each institution will be considered for funding.

At KI, only senior group leaders (PhD) with at least 2 years of salary/fellowship secured and working at least 50% as scientists at a KI department can apply.

At MD Anderson the funding mechanism is the Sister Institution Network Fund (SINF) and the MD Anderson PI needs to meet the criteria set for this funding instrument. Note that in this funding cycle focus is on new collaborative projects and a requirement is that the applicant is not already engaged in collaborative research within the network. Kindly thoroughly read the SINF grant criteria and eligibility requirements as set by MD Anderson (guidelines and information below).


The total funding per project will consist of a maximum of 800,000 SEK + 25% INDI (StratCan funding to the KI partner) and $ 100,000 (MD Anderson funding for the MD Anderson partner of the joint project) over a two-year period. Up to two projects will be funded by StratCan/KI.

Other MD Anderson Sister Institutions may participate together with the KI and MD Anderson partners, with funding levels and mechanisms for investigators at collaborating institutions to be determined by their home institution (MD Anderson states that strong preference will be given to projects involving more than one Sister Institution).

Funding provided by KI may be used for costs for personnel (except applicant’s position and stipends), consumables and travel cost for exchanges and visits to the partner institution.

Application procedure

Please send the following documents to by February 18, 2019 (Due to the time difference, we will accept applications that have been submitted by deadline on the 18th to MD Anderson and then sent by email to StratCan on the morning of the 19th local Stockholm time):

  • A pdf of the complete SINF application as submitted by the MD Anderson partner in the MD Anderson online system.
  • A separate KI component budget in SEK for the StratCan/KI funding of up to 800.000 SEK (total for the 2-year period).

Guidelines and information

For guidelines and information, please see

Please contact Sandra Falck or Nadine Schweizer at the StratCan office should you have any questions.