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Closed call 2023-06-19: Research Pairs Consolidator Projects

This is the second call for Research Pairs consolidator projects, which gives an opportunity for Digital Futures Research Pairs project from the Second Research Pairs project call to extend their project. We will support projects that can show high scientific quality, originality, and an interdisciplinary approach. Only researchers from KTH are eligible to apply to the Research Pairs Consolidator Project call 2023 [1].

Important dates

Call opens: 22 February 2023
Project registration: 12 June 2023
Call closes: 19 June 2023

The funding decision is expected by October 2023. The starting date of the projects is January 1, 2024.

The figure below shows the Digital Futures process for evaluation and decision:


Digital Futures is a cross-disciplinary research centre that explores and develops digital technologies. We bring solutions to great societal challenges, in Sweden and globally. We generate knowledge, innovations, and future leaders of high industrial relevance and strategic importance. Digital Futures is jointly established by KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. Digital Futures awards funding to strategic research projects to support a specific action or project that furthers the vision of Digital Futures. Find out more about Digital Futures background here.

Purpose and Eligibility

This is a funding instrument intended to foster collaboration between two young researchers and is aimed at identifying new research collaborations that have the potential to develop into a leading scientific activity over the next 3-5 years. It is, therefore, a vehicle for supporting and promoting young scholars with the potential to become future digital leaders that substantially participate and contribute to various activities in Digital Futures.

To be eligible to apply for this call, the researchers should have an ongoing or finished Digital Futures Research Pairs Project from the first or second call (i.e., the calls in 2020 or 2021). In addition, applicants with research pairs projects from the first call may not apply if they participated in the Research Pairs Consolidator Project call 2022. Each applicant also needs to have obtained a doctoral degree not more than 14 years ago at the time when this call opens [2] and have 80% employment or more at KTH Royal Institute of Technology [1] with one of the following positions:

  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Full Professor
  • Permanent full-time Researcher (”tillsvidareanställning”)

[1] The funding for the Research Pairs Consolidator call 2023 is from KTH, which supports this call. SU have opted out of the call this year.
[2] The eligibility period set out above can be extended beyond 14 years for certain circumstances such as parental leave, clinical training, long-term illness, or national service. Please indicate those in your CV.

Project duration and maximum funding

In this call, up to three projects are intended to be selected. The duration of the projects is two years, and the projects will be funded with a maximum of 2 MSEK in total and will be split equally between the two PIs (500 KSEK per calendar year per PI). Please note that the amount applied for must not exceed the maximum funding for a project in this call.

Please note the Digital Futures funding policy

Researchers can be involved in several projects under different instruments, but within Digital Futures, the funding per PI is limited to 1 MSEK/year. Hence, funding that you may have received under the current Digital Futures instruments Collaborative Research Projects, Research Pairs, Demonstrator Projects, Collaborative projects targeting Diversity and Inclusion, and Seed Projects will be taken into consideration. Funding from Digital Futures to Societal Innovation Projects, Partner Innovation Projects, Industrial Innovation Projects, and ISPP Demo Projects is included, but not the part from partners. Digital Futures Postdoctoral Fellows projects or Digital Transformation Institute projects are not taken into account.

Research focus

The projects should address cutting-edge research within Technologies for a digital transformation, involve researchers that complement each other, and conduct interdisciplinary research. The proposals shall address subject areas at an intersection of the Digital Futures Research matrix illustrated below. More information about the research matrix can be found here.

The three research themes Trust, Cooperate and Learn cut across the four contexts Smart society, Digitalized industry, Rich and healthy life, and Educational Transformation.

Digital Futures Strategic Research Programme. The three research themes Trust, Cooperate and Learn cut across the three societal contexts Smart society, Digitized industry and Rich and healthy life.

How to apply

  1. Fill in the application according to the project description template: Template Research Pairs Consolidator project 2023
  2. Create an account on the application submission system and register the application stating the title, PIs and a short abstract by the registration date (see at top) at this link:
  3. Complete the application, including uploading the project description to the submission system before the call deadline (see at top) using the same link as in step 2.


The project proposals will be evaluated by an external international expert panel. The evaluation will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Scientific quality and originality of the proposed research
  2. Merits of the applicants
  3. Degree of interdisciplinarity and composition of the research pair
  4. Research activity and output of the ongoing research pairs project.
  5. Feasibility of the project

Q&A event

Digital Futures will host an event for Q&A (and matchmaking for standard Research Pairs project), open to all potential project applicants, to help with the creation of proposals.

Date and time: 18 April 2023, 10:00-11:00 CEST
Where: Digital Futures hub, Osquars Backe 5, floor 2 at KTH main campus

No registration required.


Contact for further questions. Please include “Research Pairs Consolidator 2023” in the subject of your email.