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Published: 2020-12-14

Formas grants millions to Arctic researchers

NEWS When Formas announced which projects they will be funding for 2021–2024, 6 Arctic researchers at Umeå University were selected. They represent different disciplines and research areas, which is a perfect illustration of the multifaceted Arctic research.

Text: Anngelica Kristoferqvist

In the annual open call, Formas finances projects that address the global sustainability goals. The purpose of the call is to enable researchers to address research needs that they themselves have identified for ecologically, economically and socially sustainable societal development.

A total of 1,575 applications were submitted for the annual open call in 2020. 188 of them were granted funding. Eight of these are research projects at Umeå University and 6 of these are led by Arctic researchers affiliated to Arcum.


To offer an insight into the cutting edge of current Arctic research, Arcum is hoating a symposium in early March next year where you are welcome to participate to gain more knowledge about these Arctic researchers and their Arctic research projects.

Today's Arctic research, funded by FORMAS

Granted research projects

In the open call for research projects, Cristian Gudasz, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, received SEK 2,955,918 for his project Impact of climate change on marine ecosystems in the Swedish Arctic. Roger Marjavaara, Department of Geography, received SEK 2,990,567 for his project A mobile necropolis: Potential, effects and significance of large-scale movement of human remains in Sweden. Finally, Thomas Olofsson, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, received SEK 2,990,567 for his project Support for the sector's stakeholders' own commitment to energy renovation: an open-access platform for homeowners in northern Sweden.

In the open call for researchers early in her career, Dalia Abdelfattah, Department of Chemistry, received SEK 2,998,962 for her project Forest-based biofuels for sustainable Arctic marine shipping. Kristina Sehlin MacNeil, Várdduo-Center for Sami Research, received SEK 3,996,725 for her project Lateral Violence: Effects of External Pressures on Indigenous and Local Communities. Finally, Matthias Benjamin Siewert, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, received SEK 3,996,480 for his project Drones and Artificial Intelligence as Tools to Quantify the Ants' Impact on the Carbon Dynamics of the Arctic Ecosystem.