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Planning grant

The Centre for Retailing provides planning grants for developing full research proposals about retailing and wholesale trade to major research agencies.

Centre for Retailing provides planning grants for developing full research proposals about retailing and wholesale trade to major research agencies. We welcome applications from all departments of the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. The aim is to strengthen the research about the retail industry at the School of Business, Economics and Law through enhancing the possibilities of getting research grant from major research agencies.

A few examples of possible topics: retail digitalization, urban development, digital payment solutions, recruiting, profitability, shopping tourism, sustainability, experiential marketing or store security.

Amount and conditions

The planning grant is a one lump-sum payment of 90 000 SEK per project that is primarily for wage costs including social fees but may also be used for other costs related to the project application development. For example for workshops or meetings with invited external researchers and/or companies or visiting them to build the project constellation for a complete research application.

The grant is paid out from the Department of Business Administration, the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. One condition for support is that the bigger research project is run with the School of Business, Economics and Law as the responsible authority.  Both the applicant and co-applicant must hold a PhD.

Receivers of a planning grant commit to do the following:
1) To contact CFR if support is wanted in order to develop the application for such as reviewing application drafts etc.
2) To allocate time to work with the application development (approx. 1-1,5 month)

3) To send a complete application for a research project lasting for several years or a research programme to at least one of the major research agencies such as Forte, Formas, Mistra, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Vetenskapsrådet, Vinnova, and to Handelsrådet or other suitable funding sources.
4) Send a final report to the Centre for Retailing that describes the work with the application, if any major changes in project constellation or direction have been made and why, which or what research agencies the application has been sent to and what the result was.


Deadline and other important dates

The last day to apply for planning grant is 16th April 2021.

Applicants that receive planning grants are expected to work with the application during the autumn 2021 and spring 2022. Final report with the sent applications attached will be made to the Centre for Retailing 30th June 2022 at the latest.

Assessment

Applications are assessed within the Centre for Retailing.  Viewpoints will be collected from both academic experts and representatives from the retail industry. Both academic quality and relevance for the retail industry will affect the assessment. Only well-prepared applications will be assessed. The applicant will be notified 25th May 2021 at the latest.

Göteborg, 22 February 2021
Lena Hansson
Director Centre for Retailing, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg

Last application day

The last day to apply for the planning grant is
16th April 2021.

How to apply

The application must contain:

  1. Application form 1 signed by the Head of your department.
  2. Application form 2 containing the following:
    a) A popular scientific summary, about 150 words

    b) A short project draft, no more than 2 A4 pages (references not included), that briefly presents the project’s problem area, specific aims/objectives, theoretical framework, the method, the relevance for and impact on retail industry.
    or
    An outline of what you intend to do and who you will involve and why, if you plan to use the grant for other costs related to the development of a full project application.

3. Short CV(s) including most important publications for the applicant and co-applicants.

Send via e-mail and post

  1. The application is sent via e-mail 16th April 2021 at the latest to infocfr@handels.gu.se
  2. A signed application form is sent by post 16th April 2021 at the latest to the following address:

Centre for Retailing
Företagsekonomiska institutionen
Handelshögskolan vid Göteborgs Universitet
Att. Malin Tengblad
Box 610
405 30 Göteborg

Notification

The applicant will be notified via e-mail 25th May 2021 at the latest.