The INSPIRE effort supports the establishment of a transnational partnership alliance between the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign (Illinois) and three leading universities in Stockholm, Sweden, namely, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm University (SU), and Karolinska Institutet (KI). Together, these top Swedish universities include faculties of engineering and architecture, humanities, law, medicine, natural sciences, and social sciences. The goal of this proposed partnership alliance is a collaborative venture of well-matched, peer institutions that is expected to be fully reciprocal.
To facilitate this proposed partnership alliance, faculty and staff at the partner and potential partner institutions are encouraged to take advantage of internal and external funding sources that can seed collaborative exchange through faculty and student visits and extended stays as well as the development of innovative and high-impact collaborative research and exchange proposals.
Although INSPIRE does not provide cost-sharing commitments for external proposals, kindly let us know as you begin to put together an external proposal that includes collaboration with the INSPIRE alliance partners and potential partners, so that we may inform you of the forms of support that are available to you.
Funding opportunities from Stockholm University
In Spring 2013, Stockholm University released a second request for proposals to its faculty, focusing again on internationalizing the campus, and giving special considerations to applications involving activities with their prioritized institutional partners, including Illinois. The call included funding for: research collaborations (10 awards at $4,700 each); short visits to partner universities for educational collaboration program development (10 awards at $3,100 each); doctoral research visits (20 awards at $4,700 each); and joint workshops (3 awards at $47,000 each). Out of the close to SEK 1M allocated to this funding round, more than a third was awarded to collaborative proposals with Illinois faculty and staff.
The deadline for the Fall 2013 proposal round is October 1. Proposals must be submitted by Stockholm University faculty.