Planning group for research

The signing deadline for applicants in Fenix is 25th April at 3pm.

The application must be signed by the head of department before it is submitted by the applicant to the Swedish Cancer Society. Note that the last day to submit an application for the applicant is April 25, 2024.

Page updated 6 mars 2024.

The Swedish Cancer Society, organisation number 802005-3370, 101 55 Stockholm, is the body responsible for the collection and processing of personal data in connection with grant applications.

The Swedish Cancer Society has a digitised grant application system called Fenix. Fenix uses BankID and Swedish social security numbers for both identification and the signing of the application.

More information about Fenix

Guidelines – generative AI

When you apply for research grants at the Swedish Cancer Society you can use generative AI-tools or other tools when you write your application. You don’t have to state that you have done so.

Regardless of if you write the application yourself or with the help of an AI-tool the same rules apply:

  • It is your responsibility that everything in the application is correct.
  • It is your responsibility that everything has been filled in in accordance to our application process.
  • You have to follow good research practices. It is forbidden to plagiarize, forge or fabricate the content of your application.

When you sign and send in your application you certify that you have followed the above.



The purpose of Planning Team Grants is to bring together research groups and researchers working in similar methodological and subject-matter areas to increase collaboration and to facilitate the planning of multicenter studies.

Funds are allocated for the implementation of planning meetings.

Funds are not allocated for project costs or the development of care programs.

Practical information

Formal eligibility requirements

Planning Group grant can be applied by researchers with a PhD.

Emphasis is placed on the group being open to the participation of interested researchers from different regions, with national coverage as a primary goal.

It is also important that the group's composition is multi-professional, where this is relevant.

A presupposition is that the key people in the various research groups are named and asked to participate.

Grant period

The grant period is 1 January-31 December. The grant is usually granted for three years.

The period of performance is the grant period plus a further 12 months.

The application for extended disposition time is submitted in Fenix.

Read more about changes in grants here

Basis for assessment

The factors that are of particular importance when assessing an application for a Planning Team grant are:

  • nationwide collaboration
  • productivity
  • the group's composition
  • cancer relevance.

In addition, activity reports are assessed in cases where the application is for continued funding.

The size of the grant

Regular grants can be awarded from SEK 50 000 to a maximum of SEK 250 000 per year, depending mainly on the size and activities of the planning group.

The Swedish Cancer Society does not grant higher amounts than what has been applied for, so be thorough in what you include in your budget. 

To apply

How to apply in Fenix

If you already have an account you can login:

Log in to Fenix

If you don’t have an account, you need to create one:

Create an account in Fenix

More information on how to apply in Fenix

The following headings are based on the application process in Fenix.


In this tab you need to fill in general information about yourself as an applicant.

This is, for example, your name, date of birth and current employment. 


In this tab you need to fill in information about your university, department and Head of department.

The Swedish Cancer Society pays research grants only to Swedish universities.

The Swedish Cancer Society approves deductions for overhead costs with a maximum of 15.25 % of the grant.

By signing the application the Head of department guarantees co-financing of the project if the above deductions prove to be insufficient.


In this tab you need to fill in your CV and attach a list of publications and other merits. All attachments must be attached as PDF.


  • Planned activities, maximum 2  A4-pages.
  • Maximum of three manuscripts with original data.
  • Full publication list. The list should be arranged: author, title of the work, name of the publication, volume, page, year. The publication list should be listed in three categories: peer reviewed original publications, reviewed articles and other articles.

Project information

In this tab you fill in everything related to your project, for example your planned activities, cancer relevance and the research group composition.

Collaborators and research group composition

When applying for a Planning group for research, a description key personnel involved in the group is mandatory.

The purpose of the description is to provide an overview of everyone involved in the group and their competence and specific areas of responsibility.

Activity report


Popular scientific description

If your application will be granted, this text will be published at our and can be read by people who donate to the Swedish Cancer Society.

Therefore, write as easily understandable and concise as possible.

The text must be in Swedish and a maximum of 650 characters per question/section.

Your text will not be edited. It will be published as you write it.

  1. A title that is easy to understand. 
  2. The background of the project.
  3. What is the project about? Describe, for example, what cancer diseases are being studied, what treatment it is about, whether it is in diagnostics, epidemiology, prevention or care of cancer patients, or whether it is about how cancer arises. 
  4. What do you hope to achieve with your research?
  5. A very brief summary for those who quickly want to know what the project is about. 


In order for the Swedish Cancer Society to be able to keep statistics on what is being researched, here you need to indicate what proportion of the project relates to which research area.


Here you enter all of your ongoing research grants, as well as those you have applied for, from both the Swedish Cancer Society and other research funding bodies.

Applicants holding grants from, or having appointments at, the tobacco industry can not apply or be awarded financing from the Swedish Cancer Society.

The Swedish Cancer Society attaches considerable importance to ensuring that project applications contain accurate budget information.

A complete picture of all the applicants' grants relating to the project applied for, and any other funding is important both for assessing the project's chances of successful implementation and in calculating the need for funding.

Please note that applications with incomplete financial statements may be rejected because the information is insufficient to enable a decision to be made.

Preview (and signing)

In this tab, a preview of your application is shown. You can, for example, see if there is any missing information.

If the application is filled in correctly, you can start the signing process by first sending it to your Head of department. When the Head of the department has signed the application you need to sign it before submitting the application.

Signing your application

If the application is filled in correctly, you can start the signing process by first sending it to your Head of department. When the Head of the department has signed the application you need to sign it before submitting the application.

At the bottom of the page, you click "Request signing/Be om signering". This sends the application to your Head of department, who receives it and signs it digitally with BankID.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: The latest date and time for submitting your application can be found at the top of this page.

Note that if you make changes to the application after sending it to the Head of department for signing, you must send a new request for signing by your Head of department, as the application has changed. This applies regardless of what changes have been made.

When the Head of department has signed the application digitally with BankID, you as the applicant will receive an email. You can then log in and sign the application digitally with BankID. 

Make sure that you allow enough time for your application to be signed by your Head of department and then for you as the applicant to sign and submit the application before the call closes.

Use of personal data

Read more about the Swedish Cancer Society's handling of personal data in the Swedish Cancer Society's privacy policy (in Swedish).

Changes in your grant and reporting

Changed circumstances during the grant period

  • Changed employment and financing circumstances must be reported immediately to the Swedish Cancer Society for reconsideration of the grant.
  • If the grantee applies for and receives an advertised position as a senior lecturer or professor within the first three-year period, the grantee can not keep the grant. If the grantee is promoted to professor or senior lecturer before the end of the first three-year period, the grantee can keep the funding already awarded but can not receive an additional three-year period.
  • If the grantee applies for and receives an advertised position as a senior lecturer or professor within the second three-year period, the grantee can not keep the grant. If the grantee is promoted to senior lecturer or professor before the end of the second three-year period, the grantee can keep the funding that has been awarded.
  • A researcher who has been awarded funds can retain these funds if the person in question continues their activities but is promoted in the meantime.
  • Researchers who have been awarded a grant for the Senior Investigator Award and, during the grant period apply for and are appointed to a position as senior lecturer or professor cannot retain funding from the Swedish Cancer Society.
  • Researchers who have been awarded grants for Postdoctoral Positions cannot use the funds for any other type of work. If the Postdoctoral Position is terminated, the grant will also be terminated.

Exceptions to the above rule are researchers who during the grant period:

  • are appointed associate senior lecturer or research associate, in which case funding from the Swedish Cancer Society can be retained. (not applicable for Postdoctoral grants)

Transfer to another university/department

When transferring grants to another university or to another department at the current university, the application for change must be made in Fenix with digital signature/approval from both the current and receiving head of department.

Reports (financial and scientific)

A report must be submitted in Fenix no later than three months (see contract) after the end of the grant period. Unused funds must be repaid.

Decisions regarding grants

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