PRISMAS is offering a portfolio of challenging, relevant, interdisciplinary research projects, related each to a PhD position, that align with the aims of the Sustainability Development Goals.

The selection of projects included relies on calls for project proposals that are open to the whole Swedish scientific community. At the beginning of the project, 27 projects had been pre-selected and included in the first Recruitment Call of Doctoral Students. 13 additional research projects have been chosen following below described selection process. Those research projects will be offered in the second Recruitment Call. Principal investigators from all Swedish universities have been invited to submit proposals and take part in PRISMAS.

How the research projects are selected

The projects for the second recruitment call have been chosen following a four-step selection process:

  1. Submission: The call for research project proposals was open until 6th of April 2023. The proposals had to be submitted to with using the following template: Template for project proposal, overall length up to 5 A4 pages.
  2. Feasibility check: In a first step, feasibility checks of the submitted projects have been performed by the MAX IV scientific staff.
  3. Evaluation: The feasible projects have then been in a second step evaluated by an external panel.
  4. Selection: In a final step, the PRISMAS steering group decided based on the evaluations on the projects to be offered to the students in the second recruitment call.

Research project proposals evaluation criteria

The external review panels evaluate the proposals based on the following criteria:

  • 30% Scientific excellence and novelty.
  • 30% Quality of the supervision and secondments relevance.
  • 20% Relevance to the MAX IV strategy and selected scientific area.
  • 20% Expected impact at the national and international levels.

The Central Selection Committee will rank the proposals and give feedback to the principal investigators. This includes an ethical issues assessment conducted by three appointed experts within the committee.

National distribution, gender equality, and topic variety

In the first call for students, 29 excellence-based research projects were chosen by the Central Selection Committee to be open for candidates. The final project selection shall reflect a national distribution that includes all participating universities, secure gender equality among the principal investigators, and ensure a wide range of research topics.

Page manager: PRISMAS September 1, 2023