Second call: Humans, Energy Systems and Society (MESAM)

The Swedish Energy Agency announces grant funding of SEK 80 million within the framework of the five-year research program Humans, energy systems and society (MESAM) 2017-2022.

The aim of the program is to encourage the production of knowledge and expertise regarding the complex relationships and contradictions in the handling of energy and climate issues. The purpose of this call is to produce knowledge that can lead to change and that addresses the energy-, climate- and societal challenges associated with the transition to sustainable energy systems.

The research program Human, Energy Systems and Society (MESAM) is one of the Swedish Energy Agency’s initiatives in social sciences, humanities and interdisciplinary research.

Read more about MESAM

Research projects in MESAM are expected to take on questions about the energy systems using a wide perspective, including humans, societal values, technology and infrastructure as well as institutions such as policies, laws, regulations and markets. Although these parts can counteract each other, they must interact and act in the same direction to create sustainable energy systems. Due to MESAM’s wide perspective on the energy systems, projects might for example include issues of gender equality and justice as important aspects of sustainable energy systems. The program also emphasizes collaboration and communication of the research carried out.

Call deadline: 20th of March 2019, 11.59 p.m.

How to apply

The application must be written in Swedish or English. Applications for grants are submitted in the application system E-channel. Remember to obtain user access in E-channel in good time, since it may take a few days. The full application needs to be signed electronically in E-channel by you as an applicant before the call deadline.

What the application must contain

The application must be written so that those not fully conversant with the subject have the possibility to understand the idea of the project. Applications that may get funding in this call must contain:

  • A summary in Swedish as well as in English.
  • A background description of the project containing an overview of the research field including references.
  • A description of the project's societal and energy relevance.
  • A purpose and clear interim and final goals. Aim and goals must be formulated in such a way that they can be met during the time the project is in progress.
  • Project description including project design, theory, methods, performance and implementation. Include a brief description of relevant collaborations with national and international researchers and community stakeholders, as well as how gender and diversity aspects are integrated in the project.
  • A budget.
  • A plan for focused communications efforts and interaction with stakeholders, and a plan for the reference group of the project and how it will be used in the project. This may mean that the results influence, change or have importance for different levels and groups in society.

Applications may contain a maximum of three attachments. These may include the following:

  • All CVs in one document.
  • References.
  • An extended schedule and budget.