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 of projects included relies on calls for project proposals that are open to the whole Swedish scientific community. At the beginning of the project, 29 projects had been pre-selected and included in the first Recruitment Call of Doctoral Students. 11 additional projects will be chosed based on a delecetion process for research projects (to recruits students in the second Recruitment Call). Principal investigators from all Swedish universities are welcome to submit proposals and take part in PRISMAS.

The proposals are reviewed by the MAX IV scientific staff and international review committees, assuring non-biased evaluation. Each PhD position is reviewed by an external panel of 3-4 independent experts appointed based on their research area of expertise and experience in research staff recruitment.

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.

The Call for research projects will be broadly advertised.

Page manager: PRISMAS January 29, 2023