ELLIIT call D: Ph.D. student projects to run 2023-2027


The ELLIIT Steering Group (SG) decided in its meeting on May 5, 2022, to allocate up to 10 MSEK per year during five years for new Ph.D. student projects to commence early 2023. Selection of proposals recommended for funding will be done by the ELLIIT Program Management Group (PMG), with final decisions taken by the SG.

Proposals are invited for new projects with significant potential to break new ground and go beyond state-of-the-art. The call will follow a two-step process with submission of a two-page pre-proposal in the first step. For pre-proposals that are found to be of particular interest, the authors will be invited in a second step to submit a complete project plan.

The scope of the call is enabling technology for digitalization, as defined in more detail by the ELLIIT 2030 Technology Foresight. Proposals that address aspects of (i) sustainability in the sense of energy efficiency, (ii) trustworthiness and/or (iii) resilience of engineering systems are especially encouraged.

To be competitive, projects must initiate new activities, broaden ELLIIT and provide substantial added value over ELLIIT projects funded under calls B and C. Proposals that represent continuation activities or extensions of existing ELLIIT projects funded under calls B and C will not be considered. However, plans to exploit synergy with existing activities (when relevant) will be viewed favorably.

Conditions of the call

  • Each project will support one Ph.D. student plus time for supervision. For each project there will be a main responsible PI, and a co-PI. The PI and co-PI act as main advisor and co-advisor, respectively, of the Ph.D. student, and must be based at different universities. Active cooperation between the PI, co-PI, and the student is expected. The budget per project is 1 MSEK/year for five years and is paid to the PI’s department.
  • The PI and co-PI must have permanent or tenure-track faculty positions with at least 50% activity at one of the ELLIIT partner universities throughout the duration of the project. Adjunct and guest faculty are ineligible. There is no restriction on department affiliation or on current/previous associations with ELLIIT.
  • PIs and co-PIs on ELLIIT call B or C projects
    – can serve as co-PI on call D projects, but
    – are ineligible to serve as PI on call D projects.
  • Any individual may serve as PI on at most one proposal, and as co-PI on at most one proposal to this call. Submissions of twinned projects, where the co-PI on the first project serves as PI on the second project, and vice versa, are permitted.

Note that the structure of the projects is different from in call C.

Format of the pre-proposal (two A4 pages + CVs)

  • Title, names and affiliations of the PI and co-PI
  • Short abstract (2-3 sentences)
  • Research challenges, technical approach, and novelty over state-of-the-art
  • Relevance to the ELLIIT 2030 Technology Foresight (one sentence)
  • Aspects of energy efficiency, trustworthiness, and/or resilience (2-3 sentences)
  • Added value over existing ELLIIT projects (name the three most related, see https://elliit.se/resear/project-catalogue/, and indicate how the proposed activities go beyond them, 2-3 sentences)
  • Two-page CVs of the PI and co-PI(s), with links to Google Scholar.

A template in LaTeX is available here.

Evaluation criteria

  • Topic in relation to the ELLIIT 2030 Technology Foresight
  • Scientific originality and quality, clarity of the technical objectives
  • Added value over the current ELLIIT project portfolio
  • Merits of the PI and co-PI(s)
  • Industrial/societal relevance and cross-disciplinary aspects (when relevant)
  • Aspects of energy efficiency, trustworthiness and/or resilience


Projects are expected to start early 2023.

Submission instructions

Proposals should be prepared as a single PDF file (two-page proposal + CVs) and uploaded on the ELLIIT Call page (https://www.lyyti.in/elliit_project_call_d) no later than August 12, 2022.


Questions can be directed to E. G. Larsson, Director ELLIIT (erik.g.larsson@liu.se).