Frequently Asked Questions

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Graphene research at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg.
One of SIREUS goals is to increase international research exchange between Sweden and the U.S. Therefore, below, researchers in Sweden and the U.S. can find the frequently asked questions regarding researcher exchange in both countries. It helps them to understand what international research exchange is, how the researcher can find research connection, how the researcher can find institution that align with their research area, how to find the right funding for your, how the researcher can find the right funding for their research collaboration, when should the researcher submit an application for the research exchange, and how SIREUS support the research exchange process. 
If you have further questions, please feel free to get in contact with SIREUS.

What is international research exchange? 

International research exchange refers to a collaborative program or initiative that allows researchers from different countries to work together, share knowledge, and collaborate on research projects. It involves the exchange of researchers between institutions or organizations in different countries, enabling them to engage in research activities in another environment. It enhances research quality and innovation and establishes short and long-term partnerships between research institutions. Furthermore, international research exchanges contribute to the development of a global research network and fostering academic cooperation. 
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How can I find a research connection? 

There are various ways to find a research connection such as:  

Professional networks: Engage with your professional networks, such as colleagues, mentors, and professors, and seek their recommendations for institutions and faculty members working in your research area. They may be aware of specific researchers or institutions that align with your interests.  

Online databases: Utilize online databases specific to your field of study. Platforms like Google Scholar, ResearchGate,, and professional organization websites often provide search functionalities to find researchers and institutions based on keywords or research interests such as SIREUS platform and STARS Network.  

How can I find institutions or faculties that align with my research area? 

There are various resources to find suitable institutions and faculties that align with your research area.  

Online research communities: Participate in online forums, research communities, and social media groups focused on your research area. Engage in discussions and sharing your research interests can help you connect with like-minded researchers and learn about relevant institutions. 

Conferences and workshops: Attend conferences and workshops related to your research area. These events offer great opportunities to network and connect with researchers from various institutions who share similar research interests. 

Department websites: Explore the websites of departments or research centers in universities that are known for their strength in your research area. Look for faculty profiles and research areas to identify potential mentors or collaborators. 
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How can I find the right funding for my research collaboration?  

Research funding agencies often list the institutions and researchers they have funded in the past. Investigate the funding agencies relevant to your field and explore the projects they have supported, which can lead you to institutions and researchers working in your research area. 

​​​​​​​Take into consideration the application deadline and prepare accordingly ahead. It would be great if you let a senior researcher read and comment on your application before the submission day. 
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When should I submit an application for the research exchange? 

The timing for submitting an application for a research exchange program can vary depending on the funding agency, specific program, and desired duration of the exchange. However, here are some important guidelines to consider: 

1. Research the program timeline: Start by researching the specific research exchange program you are interested in. Look for information regarding application deadlines, program start dates, and any other relevant timeline details. This information is typically available on the program's website or through their application materials. It used to be the same timeline every year. 

2. Plan and prepare ahead: It's recommended to start the application process well in advance to ensure you have ample time to gather all the required documents and complete the necessary steps. 

How does SIREUS support the research exchange process?  

SIREUS provides, among other services, links to available funding agencies and actual research projects in both Sweden and the U.S. SIREUS, is a three-year long collaboration project between SACC-USA and 13 Swedish universities, is focusing on knowledge exchange in innovation, science and entrepreneurship and increased talent mobility for students and researchers between Sweden and the U.S.  SIREUS have also created a growing network of Affiliated American Universities. The purpose with the Swedish and American academic network is to strengthen the student and research exchanges. SIREUS is arranging different forums to make it easier for academic collaboration and for talent exchanges. Keep up to date with the website and announcements about relevant information, news and links to support researchers in finding research exchange opportunities and how to find financing for collaborative international research. 

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