Travel grants up to 10.000 SEK can be decided upon any time. Grants for larger sums are to be submitted by a deadline 2 weeks before the next council meeting. The next deadline is announced on the SPPS front page.
SPPS wishes to support young scientists in the Scandinavian plant research community in establishing their independent research career. The grant is aimed at early career scientists at postdoctoral researcher level, to support the development of a research idea, outside the framework of the project they are employed in. The grant requires the consent and support of the host of the applicant in form of a letter of support.
The applicant can ask for financial support for experimental and running costs, and for paying a project assistant, e.g., a student, to help with the experimental work. The grant does not support salary, or the purchase of equipment. The timeframe of the project is one year.
Members of SPPS, who completed their PhD within the last 7 years and have an active position within one of the SPPS member countries are eligible. The application should include a project description, highlighting the novelty of the research idea, and including a description of how this project will further the career of the applicant. It should be a maximum of two A4 pages (Arial, 11, single line spacing). Furthermore, the application should include a budget, with a description of the feasibility of the project, and a CV (max 2 A4 pages) including relevant publications. Use the form below to upload the project description, the budget, the CV and the letter of support.
Successful applicants will have to provide a short summary of their completed work, which will be published on the SPPS webpage and social media outlets, and they will be invited to present their work at the SPPS Conference.
SPPS is allocating a yearly budget of 200 000 SEK to the Career Development Grant, and the application period will be announced periodically on the SPPS website.
In light of the pandemic, teaching and even research in the laboratory have become difficult. What are the options to sustain plant science and deliver high-quality education?
Give us your ideas, a concept or finished product for online teaching and/or research:
Concepts, virtual experiments, experiments to do at home, virtual labs, virtual microscopy, games, interactive websites, anything! SPPS is willing to spend a budget of up to 250.000 SEK to help develop and provide free research and teaching tools for its members. The information submitted should be sufficient to serve as an outline of the proposed concept. We will evaluate all submissions and might ask the authors for additional information.
All SPPS members can apply for this grant, independent of their location.
SPPS supports young scientists who would like to go to conferences within the Nordic countries (from Nordic country to Nordic country). Primarily, we give out grants for trips to our own events, the SPPS congress and the SPPS-PhD student conference. Secondarily, to events that SPPS sponsors and thirdly to any plant science conference or course within the Nordic countries. Applications can be submitted at any time via our web form. Generally, the application should reach us before the event and travel cost compensation will be transferred to you after you attended the event. If you are in financial difficulties and do not have the option to pre-finance your trip by yourself, please send an email to the SPPS office and we will try to help you.
In the application you must state estimated travel costs. SPPS will check whether these are reasonable. Please choose a low budget accommodation like a hostel! SPPS preferrably funds travelling by train or bus, so choose these alternatives whenever possible.
To receive compensation, you must be able to prove your participation in the event. It is therefore a good idea to insure your trip in case you become sick and cannot attend the event.
Conference fees can never be covered by a travel grant. Only your actual travel cost and accommodation can be claimed. Extra expenses for food can not be claimed either.
If you have a young child, it can be challenging to leave your family for several days in a row. This grant is made to facilitate this, by covering the cost of either taking your child to the conference, taking your child and an additional person taking care of you child at the conference site (for babies up to 1 year or special needs), or covering cost of additiona child care caused by your trip at home. To receive money for this purpose, you should be traveling to an event or lab within the Nordic countries (from Nordic country to Nordic country).
If you are not a parent and are organizing a conference or an event within plant science in the nordic countries and you would like to arrange for on site childcare, you are also welcome to use this grant!
If you would like to visit another lab within the Nordic Countries (from Nordic country to Nordic country) to do experimental work, use or learn specific procedures, use a field site, or would like to conduct experiments together, you can apply for money for your trip and accommodation. Again, food and other fees will not be covered by this grant, neither can SPPS cover cost for material or lab space. This grant is available to all our members!
If you are organizing a plant science conference, fair or other networking event, (Fascination of Plants Day, for example), then you can apply for funding from SPPS. Your event must take place in the Nordic countries and it must be clear from you application how your event supports plant science in the Nordic countries. To receive funding from SPPS, it is required that you offer a discount of the conference fees for SPPS members of 100 € or 25%. Please state this in the provided budget.
If you would like to offer child care at your event, please budget a post in your application for this, you do not need to apply separately.
This is an invitation ot apply for a grant that will benefit plant science in the Nordic countries. Do you have an idea that would be really useful to promote and popularize plant science or help plant scientists in the Nordic countries, but you need some money to do it? Apply for this grant.
SPPS Travel grant applictions can be submitted at any time.