Instructions for making a budget

A Theme application must include a budget according to the provided Excel template.

The budget provides the Theme with a cost framework; the amount is not paid to the group as regular research funding. The researchers’ salaries are paid through the Institute’s cost centre, and the financial and administrative services are provided by the Institute’s staff. On completion of a Theme, (the last day of the spring semester 2021), the Theme will no longer have access to the funds, any remaining money stays at the Institute. (However, any outstanding invoices are paid after completion of the Theme.)

  • The total salary costs for a Theme may amount to a maximum of SEK 2 million.
  • The budget, to be appended through a special form, shall include the cost of remuneration for the Theme researchers. The salary costs are to be calculated based on 8 months’ salary plus employer benefits. Indirect costs (OH), however, are not to be included in the budget. Indirect costs at central LU and faculty level are automatically added to the requested funds. Overhead is not paid to the departments as the institute provides the workspace and administrative services.
  • An individual researcher, who is also a coordinator, will be paid a maximum of 40% of an annual salary. In the case of two coordinators, they will be paid a joint maximum of 60% of an annual salary.
  • Other costs, e.g. for seminars and other events, should be specified in the application. The final synthesis activity will be allocated a maximum of SEK 100 000. The Theme will need to apply for external funding to cover more costly events.
  • Costs for visiting researchers are not to be included in the budget; these are financed by the institute through a special fund.
  • The Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies is to encourage cooperation between researchers from different disciplines within Lund University. The budget can, therefore, only in exceptional cases, include minor costs for conference trips or fieldwork.