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Funding instruments

As a MERGE researcher you can receive help and support for activities that strengthen the environment and research. It can be funding or practical support with arranging seminars and workshops, writing a policy or science brief, stakeholder contacts etc.

The allocation of MERGE resources is based on an annual budget decided by the board. Some specific decisions are taken by the board, in other cases the board allocates resources to a specific task for later decision. 

Please consider gender and interdisciplinary aspects, stakeholder interactions and the connection between the different MERGE partners when submitting proposals for different activities.

The "Short research project"

An annual call from Lund University but open to all MERGE researchers. However, the call can only cover salaries for staff at Lund University. The call aims at a continued consolidation of the collaboration between research groups and major projects within MERGE. Connection to Bolin Center is seen as positive. The call has usually a deadline May, and announced in January/February. Deadline for 2022's call is June 11th.

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The "MERGE workshop call"

A call for all MERGE participants covering workshops open for all MERGE participants. The call has a deadline in May and November. Deadline for 2022's spring call is June 11th.

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If you have any questions, please contact Lina Nikoleris.
lina [dot] nikoleris [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

Joint BECC-MERGE funding instrument for Joint Short Projects

CALL OPEN 1 May-11 June 2021

The main applicant must be permanently employed at LU or GU (including BUL:s). In addition, MERGE applicants must have been actively involved in the MERGE environment and BECC applicants should be BECC PIs .

The complementary expertise and methodologies used by MERGE and BECC scientists has the potential to make significant contributions to our understanding of climate change and its links to biodiversity and ecosystem services, and to inform national and international policy and assessments based on the best available science.

A series of stimulating discussions among our members at our 2020 joint BECC-MERGE Spring Meeting identified a number of knowledge gaps at the intersection of our Strategic Research Areas (SRAs), the filling of which will require joint activities and a commitment to facilitate these on the part of the SRA Boards. To stimulate the creation of such joint activities a new funding instrument has been developed and BECC and MERGE will from 2021, on a yearly basis, announce short project calls.
Identified knowledge gaps (PDF, 119 kB, new tab)
Call text (PDF, 233 kB, new tab)

Acknowledging MERGE

If you are funded by MERGE please make sure you acknowledge MERGE in your papers and presentations. MERGE researchers are always welcomed and encouraged to highlight their MERGE affiliation e.g. in MERGE-relevant talks and publications. Examples: 

  • “X is supported by the Swedish government funded Strategic Research Area: ModElling the Regional and Global Earth system, MERGE.”
  • “The research presented in this paper is a contribution to the Strategic Research Area: ModElling the Regional and Global Earth system, MERGE, funded by the Swedish government.”


Send your proposal to

Lina Nikoleris

lina [dot] nikoleris [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se