Grants for research in sustainable global development

20 december 2017

The Swedish Research Council has announced Research Project Grants and Swedish Research Links Research Network Grants in the area of development research. Six of the grants will go to researchers at Uppsala University.

The development research grants are awarded to Swedish research of particular relevance for low-income countries (Research Project Grant) and low-income countries and lower-middle-income countries (Swedish Research Links). The research must contribute to creating opportunities for better living conditions for people living in poverty and oppression and contribute to equitable and sustainable global development. Funding is awarded to research of the highest scientific quality in all scientific fields.  

This year’s call granted funding to 50 out of 307 applications. The Swedish Research Council is providing a total of SEK 150 million for the entire 2017–2021 grant period.  

“The projects are of high scientific quality and the research has great potential to contribute knowledge for sustainable development in low-income countries,” says Kerstin Sahlin, who is Secretary General of Humanities and Social Sciences and has scientific responsibility for the Committee for Development Research. “It is also clear that the research findings contribute to knowledge on a more global level – that is, to global development goals.”

Here are Uppsala University’s grants in this year’s call:

  • Kristina Edström, Department of Chemistry–Ångström: Sodium batteries for stationary storage: studies of cathode and anode materials, Partner country: Morocco, SEK 1,125,000
  • Sunithi Gunasekera, Department of Medicinal Chemistry: Biodiversity and chemodiversity in marine sponges of Sri Lanka. An opportunity to explore new pharmacological applications, Partner country: Sri Lanka, SEK 1,170,000
  • Johanna Lindahl, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology: Man’s best friend? A transboundary “One Health” approach to improved rabies control among dogs in South East Asia, Partner country: Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, SEK 1,200,000
  • Biplab Sanyal, Department of Physics and Astronomy: Mechanisms for charge transfer dynamics in materials for green energy, Condensed Matter Physics, Partner country: India, SEK 1,125,000
  • Olle Terenius, International Science Programme (ISP): Virus infections in silk moths, Partner country: India, 1,020,000 kronor
  • Pär Zetterberg, Department of Government: Gender and social media in controversial elections: Cambodia case study, SEK 3,900,000