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The purpose of STINT’s activity is to strengthen the competitiveness of Swedish universities and colleges through the development of international relationships. The internationalisation of higher education and research is mainly based on concerted, long-term efforts. Sometimes however, it is important to be able to act quickly when the opportunity arises. STINT offers an Initiation grant for this purpose. Initiation grants are given for the implementation of short-term projects targeting the building of new and strategically interesting international relationships. The information given at this page may be downloaded HERE.
Applications may be submitted continuously throughout the year. Assessment of received applications starts on the following dates in 2014: January 28, April 8, June 10, September 9 and November 25. Considered applications shall be submitted the above dates at 3 pm at the latest. Complete applications should be made via STINT’s electronic application system. Applications may be written in Swedish or English. The electronic forms are in Swedish.
Applications shall meet the following requirements in order to be assessed:
1. Candidates shall be active at a university or college in Sweden and have defended their doctorates.
2. The main emphasis of the partnership shall be outside the EU/EEA area (the principal collaborating party shall be outside this area).
3. The proposed activities within the project shall be completed within twelve months from present closing date.
4. The applied amount shall not exceed 150 000 SEK.
5. The budget shall report costs for travel (number of journeys, distance and estimated cost, accommodation (type, duration and estimated cost) and subsistence (duration and cost). No funds may be budgeted for overhead, salaries, infrastructure or companions.
6. The application should explain how the planned partnership will contribute to the activity at the educational establishments concerned (benefit to the main parties in each country must be described).
7. The application should detail how the proposed activities may lead to ongoing, broadened international collaboration.
8. The application should include a report by a head of department (or equivalent) at the home institution plus that of the principal collaborating institution, describing the value of the proposed partnership.
Please note that, although the applicant must have defended their doctorate, the project may equally well include one or more doctoral students and undergraduates.
The following three main criteria guide the selection of projects:
Typical questions links to the principal criteria:
Other aspects beyond the principal criteria also influence the selection, such as:
Initiation grants are intended for starting international partnerships. The emphasis in the assessment is on internationalisation activities. A high degree of scientific quality is taken as read and thus is not the main assessment criterion. Consistent with this, the activity in the application must also relate primarily to internationalisation activities. In other words applications containing a major proportion of ‘ordinary’ research activity, such as comprehensive field studies, have little chance of approval.
Project implementation and final report
A decision on the results of the assessment will be given within about two months of the respective closing date. Funds are normally disbursed in the form of a grant but there may also be scholarships. Given the programme’s aim to facilitate relatively limited start-up activities over short periods, requests for extensions will be handled stringently.
A final report is to be submitted to STINT upon completion of the project.