How Prospekt contributes to the development of Integrated Research and Education Environments (Kompletta miljöer):
In constructing a research and educational environment, Prospekt is to be seen as an opportunity for the university to recruit promising young researchers from other universities. It is also possible to apply for funds for early career researchers currently employed in the business sector. The Knowledge Foundation encourages mobility, which contributes to renewal and long-term development for research and educational environments.
About the programme
Prospekt is an opportunity for research and educational environments to bring new early career researchers onto their staff. Historically, nearly half of the projects granted have had project managers who have earned their PhD’s at another university than where the project is to be pursued. The Knowledge Foundation sees great advantages in researchers obtaining the opportunity, early in their career, to pursue their own research projects and to build relationships with companies for the purpose of remaining in the research and educational environment.
The goal is to strengthen early careers researchers in their development towards becoming independent researchers and research leaders, and to contribute to development and renewal among participating companies.
The programme’s contribution to the university’s development
In programme evaluations, we have seen that nearly all project managers continue working in the environment also after the end of the project, something the Knowledge Foundation views positively. We have also confirmed the importance of being allowed to lead and pursue own research projects in order to develop into an independent, successful researcher. Publication is a self-evident part of achieving the objectives. The projects also contribute to applicants establishing close relationships with companies, which strengthens opportunities for continued funding. We often see project managers at the end of the project becoming assistant supervisors for doctoral students, thus further strengthening their qualifications. Several project managers have applied for funds after a concluded Prospekt project via other Knowledge Foundation programme forms, primarily HÖG – Research projects at new universities.
The programme’s contribution to business sector development
Completed projects have led to good results for participating companies, both through directly applicable knowledge that can be implemented in processes or products, and also in relation to more long-term development in the form of knowledge building, expanded networks, and competence development.
The project must be based on a limited and well-defined research question, and run for one to two years. The project manager can have been academically active for at most four years after their thesis defence (employment in the business sector, parental leave, and the like are excluded). Funds sought from the Knowledge Foundation can total a maximum of SEK 2 million. The project is to be pursued in co-production with the business sector. Most often, the companies contribute resources in the form of expertise in their specialised fields, but also materials, tests, and experiments. The contribution from the business sector in the project must be equivalent to that from the Knowledge Foundation. In addition, the university also contributes, for example, reference groups as support for the early career researcher. Knowledge Foundation funds are used primarily for wages for the project manager.
Who can apply, and how it works
• Sweden’s new universities may apply. The project manager must be a researcher who has been academically active for at most three years, and employed at one of the universities included in the Knowledge Foundation’s target group. The project manager can be currently employed at another university, or, for example, in the business sector.
• The project is to be co-produced together with one or more business partners, and their contribution must be described in the application.
• The programme issues calls for proposals every other year, during the spring of even-numbered years. Applications must be registered via the Ansök & rapportera portal.