Call for projects – No.2 2020

Call and evaluation of project proposals

Swedish Electromobility Centre is a node for research and development of electric transport and charging infrastructure. Our driving force is the development of sustainable and energy efficient transportation. We perform industry relevant research and study different e-mobility technologies to assess their potential. Swedish Electromobility Centre is founded by the Swedish Energy Agency in partnership with Swedish automotive industry and academia.

The Centre carries out research within System studies and methods, Electrical machines and drives, Energy storage, Electromobility in society and Vehicle to grid. More information about the Centre and research areas applicable to the Centre can be found at the Centre’s web page Swedish Electromobility Centre.

Swedish Electromobility Centre finances three types of projects, see “Project information”. In this call we will finance:

  • 4 PhD-projects,max three years with up to 3 MSEK per project and 1 MSEK/year.
  • Prestudies for larger projects with up to 200 kSEK per project
  • Studies (including cross-thematic projects)
    • Research project (Study)<2 years: Max 1 MSEK
    • Research project (Study)>2 years: Max 2 MSEK

The projects should be within the scope of one or more thematic areas and contribute to the Centre as a wholeandevery project must include at least one industrial partner. The projects should be co-financed with more or equal amounts in-kind as the funding from the SEC amounts to. All projects must be finished by 30 June 2023 when the Centre’s fourth stage closes. Please contact industrial partner early in the application process, since industry needs time to anchor internally.

The general evaluation criteria for projects are, for further information concerning evaluation see “Project application evaluation”.

  • Relevance for the Centre
  • Contribute to the SEC objectives
  • Contribute to the fulfillment to the theme roadmap
  • Quality on the application (make sure you have the latest version of the template)
  • Beneficial for the industry and academy
  • Close exchange with industry partners. One example is that the industry partner hosts a PhD student for some months of the project
  • Planned publications in the project

The projects applications will be reviewed by the full partners and the program partners of the Centre and the recommendation of fundingwill then be decided by the program councilwith representatives from our full partners AB Volvo, Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University, CEVT, Scania CV AB, Volvo Car Corporation and Uppsala University.

Any of our partner can apply for funding but the funding should be financing academic researchers. All partner organisations can take part in the proposed project activities. Upon financing the “Project manager agreement” will be signed by the project manager.

Please also note that regular knowledge exchange is an essential part of the Centre and its projects. If your project is granted, you are expected to arrange workshops/seminars and take part in thematic activities.

The Centre has currently very few female researchers and PhD students. We welcome all project applications but hope to include more female researchers in our network, so please do not hesitate to send in an application.

Time and budget frame
Duration (max): 1 October 2020 – 30 June 2023 (PhD project can be extended to 31 December 2023).
Budget frame: Max 3-year PhD project and 1 MSEK/year. Prestudy max 200 000 SEK.
Studies<2 year max 1 MSEK. Studies>2 years max 2 MSEK.

Application template and deadline
The projects should be applied for by using the center’s application template “Project application” provided below. Please note that we will not consider applications using any other template or older versions of this template. You have the possibility to include one appendix (max 3 pages) with images and tables, supporting the project description. Send to and mark the mail with “Project application”.

The Centre needs your application latest 1 September 2020 14.00

Good luck and welcome with your application!

Application document
Project application template 200226.docx

Important information documents. Read before submitting the project application.
Project Information.pdf
Project Application Evaluation.pdf
Project Manager Agreement.pdf

Document for the thematic roadmaps
Theme 1 roadmap, system studies and methods .pdf
Theme 2 roadmap, Electrical machines, drive systems and charging.pdf
Theme 3 roadmap, Energy storage.pdf
Theme 4 roadmap, Electromobility in society.pdf
Theme 5 roadmap, Interaction between vehicles and grid.pdf