Call for Projects – V.1 Spring 2022

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 five thematic areas. For more information about the research areas. (Link to information about the research areas.)

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

  • 12 PhD projects, max 4 years with up to 4 MSEK per project and max 1 MSEK/year.
  • 5 pre-studies for larger projects with up to 200 kSEK per project

The projects should be within the scope of one or more theme areas and contribute to the Centre as a whole. Therefore, prior to the project application, all applicants applying for a PhD project are required to present their project idea in a theme area meeting prior to submitting the proposal, and all applicants for prestudies are recommended to discuss their project proposal with the relevant thematic area leader prior to submission. (Link to information about the theme areas and contact details for theme leaders.)

Project participants are SEC partners and must include at least one industrial partner and one academic partner. The projects must be co-financed with more or equal amount of in-kind from the partners as the amount of funding applied for from the SEC. All projects funded in this call must be finalized by the end of year 2026 at the latest. Please contact industrial partners early in the application process, since industry needs time to anchor internally.

The general evaluation criteria for projects are listed below. For further information concerning the evaluation process, see the document linked below, called “Project application evaluation”.

  • For PhD projects, the proposal must have been presented on a theme area meeting prior to submitting the application
  • For prestudies, it is recommended that the proposal have been discussed with theme area leader prior to submitting the application
  • Relevance for the Centre
  • Contribute to the SEC objectives and KPIs (incl. gender equality)
  • Contribute to the fulfillment to the theme roadmap
  • Quality of 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 for funding will then be decided by the program council with representatives from our full partners Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University, Uppsala University, AB Volvo, CEVT, Scania CV AB, Volvo Car Corporation, RISE and VTI, and two representatives from other industrial partners. The evaluation will take place during the week between 24 May and 2 June. The applicant (or another relevant partner from the project consortia) must be available during 31 May when the evaluation groups may invite them for a Q&A session, if needed.

Any of our partners can apply for funding, but the funding will be allocated to the academic partner(s) to finance the academic researchers. All partner organizations can take part in the proposed project activities. When the project is approved, the “Project manager agreement” must 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 be able to include more female researchers in our network as the Centre strives for a 40/60 gender balance for both the Centre and its funded projects.

Time and budget frame

  • Duration (max): 1 March 2022–31 December 2026.
  • Budget frame:
    • Max 12 four-year PhD projects, à max 1 MSEK/year.
    • 5 pre-studies, à max 200 kSEK

Application template and deadline

The projects should be applied for by using the Centre’s application template “Project application” and “CV template” (for all key participants) linked below. Please note that we will not consider applications using any other application template (or older versions of this template) nor applications not meeting formal criteria.

You have the possibility to include one appendix (max 3 pages) with images and tables, supporting the project description. Send to and mark the email with “Project application”.

Please submit your application on 22 May 2022 at 14.00 at the latest.

Good luck and welcome with your application!

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

Document for the thematic roadmaps
Theme 1 roadmap: Intelligent Vehicles and Systems (pdf)
Theme 2 roadmap: Electric Drives and Charging (pdf)
Theme 3 roadmap: Energy Storage (pdf)
Theme 4 roadmap: Environment and Society (pdf)
Theme 5 roadmap: Vehicle-Grid Interaction (pdf)

Application documents
(all documents need to be read before submitting the application)

Project application template.docx
CV template.docx