The Lantmännen Research Foundation is our foundation investing in research at universities, colleges and institutes. The foundation is the backbone of the crucial research work that we conduct and a part of our work with open innovation, where scientists and innovators can apply for funding for scientific purposes. Through our investments, we want to develop ideas and promote new knowledge that can benefit the entire value chain, from field to fork. The research foundation has a budget of approximately 15 million SEK per year.
Lantmännen Research Foundation
Apply for funds in our research foundation
The Lantmännen Research Foundation has an open call for proposals each fall. This year the application system is open from September 1st, 8:00am and closes on October 2nd, 03:00pm. Grants are announced in early December. Instructions on how to make an application can be found in the reserach portal. For questions regarding the application process, please contact the coordinators of the different focus areas below.
All granted foundation projects needs to provide a status report one to two times per year. When the project is finished, a final report is to be submitted.
If there is an interest in discussing an idea or idea draft it’s possible to do so throughout the year. We are also interested in thesis projects, feasibility studies and pilot projects within our three focus areas.
The direction and purpose of the research foundation
Through the Lantmännen Research Foundation, we want to create an opportunity to identify and develop innovative solutions in the areas where Lantmännen operates. The goal of the research is to implement the results, either in the form of increased knowledge, or directly in our business or on our owners' farms.
The type of projects that can receive funding is described in the foundation’s purpose paragraph:
“The purpose of the foundation is to conduct scientific research and development within the area of grains and other raw materials from crop production and the further processing thereof, in order to promote the use of those raw materials.”
Three focus areas
There are several prioritized areas within the three focus areas. These areas are defined in the proposal calls and describe which parts we are particularly interested in and would like to see applications within.
The texts for the calls for proposals are updated before every new application round and can be found under the various focus area pages.
Agriculture and Machinery
In this focus area, we have a general goal of contributing to the profitable development of Swedish agriculture, both conventional and organic. Important success factors are increased production and better utilisation of production aids supplied within both plant cultivation and animal products production.
Bioenergy and green materials
The shift to a bio-based economy will require innovation to develop sustainable production systems. Within this focus area, we are interested in projects that aim to exploit the potential in agriculture and at the same time offer advantages as we move towards a bio-based society.
Are you interested in applying for funding from our research foundation? Here are the criteria we look at when evaluating applications.
- Does the application contain a current description of the background and state of knowledge?
- Are hypotheses and goals well described?
-Is the issue scientifically described?
Proposed materials and methods
- Are the selected materials and methods validated and relevant to the research question?
-Are the proposed materials and methods available within reasonable time?
- Is the material and the method unique in any way?
- Are there any ethical or environmental risks associated with the project?
Applicant’s or group’s scientific expertise
- Is there an updated CV attached?
- Does the project group have the required expertise?
- Has the group previously been published within the field?
- Is the entire cost of the project accounted for?
- Are the costs clearly accounted for in the different parts of the project?
- Are the costs and other efforts reasonable? Can something be done differently in order to reduce project costs?
- Has funding been granted or applied for from other financiers?
- Can the project be conducted without the participation of the Lantmännen Research Foundation?
- Has the foundation’s limit of overhead costs not exceeding 30% of the total project budget been taken into account?
- Is there a clear time plan?
- Is the time plan linked to activities and deliveries?
- Is the project’s relevance, economic potential and time to market for primary production and/or industry and trade well described?
- Has the applicant described the impact the project can have in the area?
- Can the described deliveries be commercialized instantly or is further action required?
- Can the project lead to a patent or other form of intellectual property with commercial significance?
Plan for the reporting of results
- Is there a plan describing how results will be spread?
- Is there a plan for handling patents or other intellectual property?
- Is the plan for reporting results linked to the time of the deliveries?
- Is there a plan for scientific publishing?
- Is there a reference group where the foundation is represented in (mandatory in all the foundation’s projects).
Do you want to know more about our research foundation? Please contact one of our colleagues at the foundation and they will help you!