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Call for ICT Seed projects 2021

​Call for proposals within ICT strategic areas and involving interdisciplinary approaches.

Important dates:

  • Submission date:  June 5th 2020 18th June 2020
  • Notification: July, 2020 August, 2020
  • Expected start of the project: January 2021

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Area of Advance (AoA) provides financial support for SEED projects, i.e., projects involving innovative ideas that can be a starting point for further collaborative research and joint funding applications. We will prioritize research projects that involve researchers from different research communities (for example across ICT departments or between ICT and other Areas of Advances) and who have not worked together before (i.e., have no joint projects/publications). Young researchers, i.e., assistant professors, and female researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.  Research projects involving a gender-balanced team and assistant professors will be prioritized.

Note: Only researchers employed at Chalmers can apply and can be funded. PhD students cannot be supported by this call.  Applicants and co-applicants of research proposals funded in the 2019 and 2020 ICT SEED calls cannot apply. 

AoA ICT has identified four research profiles: Connected World (communication, sensing, interactive systems), Automated Society (intelligent systems, autonomous systems), Big Data (data analytics, data visualisation), and Digital Sustainability (energy-aware systems, security and privacy, safety). We encourage proposals related to these areas.  Additionally, we encourage proposals related to sustainability, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The total budget of the call is 1 MSEK. We expect to fund 3-5 projects.

Details of the call
  • The project should include at least two researchers from different divisions at Chalmers (preferably two different departments) and who should have complementary expertise, and no joint projects/publications.
  • The project should contribute to sustainable development. 
  • Proposals involving teams with good gender balance and involving assistant professors will be prioritized.
  • The budget must be between 100 kSEK and 300 kSEK, including indirect costs (OH). The budget can cover personnel costs. It can also be used to, e.g., hire master students or host guest researchers. The budget cannot cover costs for equipment or travel costs to conferences/research visits. 
  • The project must start in early 2021 and should last 3-6 months. 

What must the application contain?
The application should be at most 3 pages long, font Times–roman, size 11. In addition, max 1 page can be used for references. Finally, an additional one-page CV of each one of the applicants must be included (max 4 CVs). Proposals that do not comply with this format will be desk rejected (no review process).

The proposal should include:
a) project title 
b) name, e-mail, and affiliation (department, division) of the applicants
c) the research challenges addressed and the objective of the project; interdisciplinary aspects should be highlighted; also the applicant should discuss how the project contributes to sustainable development, preferably in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals​ (SDG). Try to be specific and list the targets within each Goal that are addressed by your project.
d) the project description 
e) the expected outcome (including dissemination plan) and the plan for further research and funding acquisition
f) the project participants and the planned efforts
g) the project budget and activity time-line

Evaluation Criteria
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Novelty
  • Budget and project feasibility
  • Potential for further research and joint funding applications
  • Dissemination plan
  • Relevance to AoA ICT and Chalmers research strategy as well as to SDG
  • Team composition

The application should be submitted as one PDF document to

The proposals will be evaluated by the AoA ICT management group and selected Chalmers researchers.

Questions can be addressed to Ivica Crnkovic or Giuseppe Durisi​

General information about the ICT Area of Advance can be found at 

Page manager Published: Fri 05 Jun 2020.