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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 events, 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. 

Topics that will be given priority

On MERGE annual meeting 2021 some emerging research topics that will be given more priority were defined. Please take them into consideration when applying for funds: 

  • Clouds
  • Fires & trop/stratosphere
  • Climate change and air quality, air pollution
  • Aerosols and ice nucleation with close collaboration with model development.
  • Analysis on large datasets
  • Uncertainties BVOC - SOA
  • Hybrid modelling
  • Data assimilation.
  • Isotope component of the hydrological cycle

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

Acknowledge MERGE in papers and presentations

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.”

The possibilities for funding

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.

On MERGE annual meeting 2021 some emerging workshop ideas that will be given more priority in MERGE were defined.MERGE money can be applied to arrange a workshop to establish collaboration, when a group is formed it can apply for a MERGE short project to test ideas, this could then lead to a large-scale project and application:

  • links between SITES, ICOS, ACTRIS, LPJ-GUESS
  • Workshop on exchanging ideas and discuss pros and cons of different models. –
  • continuation of the SRA SDG workshop held early March 2022.
  • how to share data within MERGE and to the outside world.
  • coupling - and more integration of models.
  • BVOC 

Download MERGE Workshop template

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

MERGE guest researcher

Researchers affiliated with MERGE are welcome to apply for support through MERGE funds and facilities to invite guest researchers. The overall aim of guest researchers is to further strengthen research areas and research groups within MERGE.

MERGE researchers are welcome to apply for support through MERGE funds and facilities to invite guest researchers to work in areas that fall within the scientific framework and interests of MERGE. It could also be for own short guest research visits to a MERGE-environment outside their own university.

Please consider gender and diversity when suggesting guest researchers. Also consider suggesting researchers that complement existing research areas and researchers, and research areas where existing MERGE research has a gap.

It is advisable that guest researchers have secured permission for absence from his or her home organisation before applying. 

Covered expenses:

  • Accommodation. 
  • Other expenses related to the research visit (see appendix).
  • One journey to and from home to Lund or Gothenburg. 

Submission of application:

Applications are to be submitted by the intended host, who must be a researcher affiliated with MERGE. Direct applications from prospective guest researchers will not be considered. Application should be approved by head of department.

Joint BECC-MERGE funding instrument for Joint Short Projects

NEXT CALL: To be announced

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)

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.

Download template

Policy Briefs

  • Possible Policy Brief that MERGE can provide resources for.
  • uncertainties associated with models
  • forest management and its influence on climate. Incl. tools we have developed
  • AQ
  • Forest fires
  • ACTRIS/ICOS - products they offer


Send your proposal to

Lina Nikoleris

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