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Funding - Economics Research

Information about funders, how to apply for research funding and what parts you can receive help from the department of Economics.

  • Research Services
  • Funding & Tender portal
  • Prisma
  • Research professional
  • Apply for research funding
  • Project budget

Research Services

Lund University Research Services offer researchers and research teams support and help on issues concerning external research funding. Lists of research funders is also available at the Research Services page: 

Lund University Research Services

Funding & Tender portal

The Funding and Tenders Portal (formerly Participant Portal) is the official website where stakeholders of the EU research and innovation programmes manage EU funding.

Funding & tender portal 


Prisma is an application and case management system for researchers to apply for grants and manage their approved grants.

Prisma is the joint application and case management system for the following funding bodies: VR, Fortes, Formas, the Swedish Research Council, the Karolinska Institute,the Swedish Institute for Educational Research, the Swedish National Space Agency and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

This is where all the information connected to applications for research funding is handled: Prisma

Research professional

Research Professional is a database, where you can search for national and international calls for applications for research funding, funding for research conferences and funding for post-docs: Research Professional

Login with your university account - your personal account allows you to:

  • Receive emails about current calls for applications
  • Save your application profiles
  • Save interesting calls for applications
  • Share information with your colleagues

Log in with your university account on their webpage



When applying for funding for research projects, there are some things to consider when it comes to estimating project costs. The type of estimation differs depending on whether the project is intended to run over one or several years.


A budget proposal in an application for funding/grants should generally include the following:

  • Salary costs including an increase for each year.
  • Cost of employer contributions, see percentages below, of the salary cost.
  • Operational costs (travel, conferences, literature, material, etc.)
  • Indirect costs/overhead (OH), see percentages below.

The OH is to be calculated based on all direct costs (salaries + employer contributions + operations).Calculate the total amount and then multiply the amount with the OH percentage below to obtain the amount of indirect costs/overhead (OH).

Calculation support for the project application

To make sure that your project budget takes salary increases, holiday pay etc. into account use the department’s project calculation support form. (in LU-box)

Approval and the right to sign grant agreements

The head of department is responsible for the activities of the department and must therefore always approve all agreements and applications that explicitly concern the activities of the department, regardless of whether he/she is the person with the power to sign on behalf of the University or not (see below).

Head of department must approve all applications regardless the size of amount. He also signs all grant agreements of less than SEK 8 million. The dean of faculty signs all grant agreements that cover multiple departments within the faculty. The vice-chancellor signs all grant agreements that cover multiple departments at more than one faculty and grant agreements of SEK 8 million and above.


Project budget

Help with project costing is available from the department, both for applications and final reporting.

Appointing staff

If you are going to employ someone for your research project, contact Jenny Lindström Wate, who will be able to help you. There are specific rules on reporting hours for employment within EU projects. 

General information about appointing staff is available from Human Resources and on the HR pages 


Economics Research - Contact

Jenny Lindström Wate
Financial administrator

jenny [dot] lindstrom_wate [at] nek [dot] lu [dot] se (jenny[dot]lindstrom_wate[at]nek[dot]lu[dot]se)
Phone: +46 46 222 86 57
Room: EC1:281