Support to minor extent (SiMO)

Through the Support to minor extent (SiMO), the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat offers limited logistic/operational support to carry out projects, or parts of projects, which do not require as much preparation time or a large budget. This grant offering is open to early career researchers and post-graduate students (with a maximum of five years since the last academic degree) from all disciplines at Swedish universities, colleges, research institutes and government agencies with a research mandate. When it comes to support that only concerns equipment lending, SiMO is available for all researchers to apply.

SiMO is open for applications on a continuous basis, and the application should be received by the Secretariat no later than two months before the work is planned to begin.

What kind of support can be provided?

Logistic/operational support can be provided to projects that are advancing Swedish polar research and would derive significant added value from the Secretariat’s support.

Support up to a total value of 25,000 SEK per application and research project may be granted. Expedition projects with cost estimates exceeding 25,000 SEK should apply for project level support.

Please note that support can be provided only for costs associated with logistic/operational aspects of field work. Other costs, for example salaries, regular passenger transport services, transports of samples and equipment, customs duties etc. will not be granted support.

SiMO can not be granted for work at the Abisko Scientific Research Station.

Projects that would benefit from accessing the Secretariat’s international network or other cooperative arrangements not associated with any direct costs, do not need to apply. Contact us directly for an initial dialogue.

How are the projects evaluated?

The applications are evaluated based on the projects’ feasibility, necessity to be performed in the polar regions and to what extent this support is necessary for their realization. Special attention is given to projects containing:

  • new fields of research.
  • innovative ideas.
  • technical advancements.
  • pilot studies.
  • transdisciplinary research.
  • international co-operation.

The scientific quality of the project must be demonstrated by attaching the funding agreement for the full research project or similar supporting document. Because this grant offering does not pertain to the financing of entire research projects, the financing plan for the project and the funding from the researcher’s own institution must be specified in the application form.

The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat endeavours to support researchers early in their careers, and to promote gender equality.

The Secretariat may alter or withdraw the offered support should the circumstances surrounding the project change significantly.

Read questions and answers concerning SiMO

How to apply

Before you submit an application, you should contact Håkan Grudd or Åsa Lindgren:

Håkan Grudd, land-based research projects

Åsa Lindgren, ship-based research projects

Application form

SiMO application form

We recommend that you write your application in English so that it can be shared with our international co-operative partners.

The level of support and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat’s role will be determined in dialogue with the applicant.

Last modified: 4 June 2020