Rune Bernhardsson’s Graphene fund

Purpose of the fund: Grants for incoming research visits in the area of graphene and related materials.

Visiting researchers can apply for a grant for coming to Chalmers and work with projects regarding graphene and related materials.


The Grant:

Maximum SEK 60 000. The grant can cover housing, travel and research costs but not salary, subsistence or allowance. It is the responsibility of the receiving department to make sure that the visitor is sufficiently insured during his/her visit.

The visit:
The minimum duration of the visit is 3 weeks.

The host researchers at Chalmers makes the application (not the visiting researcher).

Web link to application:


15th March - 1st May 2020

1st Oct - 15th Nov 2020

The application must contain:
1. Basic data
* Project title
* Visitor’s name, title, home university/organization and CV
* Contact person and department at Chalmers
* Schedule/planned visit period
* Budget
2. Research plan (3 pages max)
* Purpose of the visit
* Expected contributions by the visiting researcher
* Benefit of the visit to Chalmers’ graphene research and/or environ-ment
* Plan for continued collaboration
3. Dissemination of results
* At least one seminar for colleagues and students

The host is required to submit a report (one page) to the foundation’s office on the results of the research visit and on the plans for a continued collaboration.

Administration of the grant: The grant is sent to the department at Chalmers where the visiting researcher is attending, the department handles the related costs from there.

History: From the Will of Rune Bernhardsson, Chalmers received 1 098 701 SEK in 2014 to be used for “research” and “environment” for the "graphene-project". Rune (1930-2014) did not attend Chalmers himself, but had a positive attitude towards Chalmers and the good mood that Chalmers spread in Gothenburg through itsstudents, the school's involvment in society and especially by the Cortège that goes through the city streets during the Walpurgis (Valborg) celebration, April 30th. Rune had read about the exciting new graphene material and wanted to contribute to Chalmers and this subject during his last years.

2019: 40 000 SEK, Samuel Lara Avila, MC2. Visitor’s name: Andrea Liscio, dr., Italian National Research Council – Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (CNR‐IMM). Three visits are planned,December 2019, February 2020, May 2020. The purpose of the visit is to study the charge transport in networks of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) single sheets and other 2D materials

No applications


36 000 SEK, Patrik Johansson, Department of Physics.

40 000 SEK, Vincenzo Palermo, Department of Industrial and Materials Science.


40 000 SEK, Sotirios Grammatikos, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
30 000 SEK,  Philippe Tassin, Department of Physics.


Rune Bernhardsson's graphene fund is managed by the Chalmers Foundation. It is included in the co-management of the Foundation funds.


Questions about scholarships please contact:

Birgitta Rorsman 
031 - 772 27 33

Chalmers tekniska högskola
412 96 Göteborg


Sidansvarig Publicerad: fr 25 sep 2020.