Call for proposals: Access Abisko 2020–22

Global Change and Sustainability

Access Abisko is a new thematic programme of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat aimed at providing enhanced opportunities for researchers to interact within and between disciplines, at Abisko Scientific Research Station. The Access Abisko programme is expected to be recurrent on a 3 year basis, each time with a new theme.

The Secretariat now calls for proposals to conduct integrated research on the theme Global Change and Sustainability in the Abisko region of northern Sweden. Access to the research station will be provided by the Secretariat – including travel and accommodation (food is not included), as well as technical/logistical support.

The proposed research is expected to use innovative approaches that integrate at least two of the following fields: social sciences, humanities, arts, health, natural sciences, and engineering. The research should be relevant to societal issues at the local, regional and/or larger scales. Projects that focus on nature’s contributions to people (ecosystem services) and feedbacks between humans and socio-ecological systems are encouraged. Where appropriate, it is desirable that projects incorporate local co-design and co-production. Such proposals should describe how local community engagement will be incorporated in the project.

Up to 6 projects will be granted access

Up to 6 projects, with 3–7 people engaged in each project, will be granted access for 2–3 years – depending on needs – to conduct research and will benefit from opportunities for synergies and collaboration across projects.

The programme will start with a planning workshop for the principal investigators in the autumn of 2019. This will be followed by 2–3 “field seasons”, each ending with a workshop to present achievements and to plan for the next season.

At the end of the programme the principal investigators are expected to complete a joint report. This report may take the form of a scientific article that is to be published as a policy paper, or similar.

Swedish and international researchers are eligible to apply. We encourage the participation of early career scientists.

How to apply

Proposals should include the following elements

  1. A research plan for 2–3 years (5 pages maximum; excluding references) describing background, objectives, methods, and expected results, as well as how integration across disciplines will be innovative.
  2. A plan for communication and dissemination of results.
  3. A plan addressing possible risks, as well as a description of how ethical and permit requirements will be met.
  4. A statement of financial feasibility describing how the research will be funded (either existing funding or pending) over the 2–3 years, other than the logistical/operational support provided by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.
  5. Short CVs (2 pages) of all applicants, including work history and a list of up to 10 relevant contributions.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria

  • Novelty and innovation.
  • Societal relevance.
  • Feasibility (e.g. funding, risks, permits).
  • Excellence of researchers.

Application process

Applications should be written in English, and must consist of a single PDF. E-mail the complete application to by 1 February 2019. The application should have “Access Abisko 2020–22” as the subject.

Download the Access Abisko call for proposals (pdf 305 kB, opens in new window)

Evaluation of applications

The first evaluation will be made by the Scientific Advisory Group for the Abisko Scientific Research Station (SAGA) together with the Station manager, and is expected to be completed by 28 February 2019.

Planning workshop

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a planning workshop in mid-September 2019, with the aim of creating the overall Scope of Work. Projects that have pending research funding at the time of the planning workshop will receive a final decision of participation in December 2019. The length of the programme (2 or 3 years) will be based on the needs of the participating projects, and will be decided at the planning workshop.


If you have any questions, please contact Abisko Scientific Research Station Manager Magnus Augner,

Last modified: 27 November 2018