Purpose
Contacts
Seed project proposal
Eligibility
Selection criteria
Schedule for submission
Seed project operation

Purpose

The purpose of the seed projects is to conduct pre-studies that have the potential to lead to larger integrated projects part of national or international research projects. All seed projects fall under the CASTOR joint agreement concerning intellectual property rights. CASTOR will fund KTH staff only.

Contacts

  • Catrin Granbom <catrin.granbom@ericsson.com>
  • Stefan Hagdahl <stefan.hagdahl@saabgroup.com>
  • Benoit Baudry <baudry@kth.se>

Seed project proposal

The proposal for a seed project is max 2 A4 pages. It outlines the project scope, objectives, approach, staffing, and plan, and how these relate to the CASTOR vision and strategy. It shall include the following items

  • Scientific and technical context and background
  • Novelty and relevance to software technology and the CASTOR research areas
  • Budget for KTH, Ericsson and SAAB personal
  • Name of KTH students and faculty involved
  • Plan to spawn a larger project from the seed project

The proposal is submitted as a pdf file sent by email to the contact persons for the seed projects.

Eligibility

The call is open to all faculty affiliated with CASTOR. Each research project must include an active industrial partner from one of the CASTOR industrial partners (Ericsson, Saab). A KTH faculty member who would like to apply for a seed project and who is not affiliated with CASTOR shall contact Benoit Baudry (baudry@kth.se) to discuss the opportunity to join the center.

A proposal is submitted by at least one KTH faculty and one industry partner (SAAB or Ericsson).

Selection criteria

Seed project proposals are evaluated by the CASTOR board on the basis of the scientific relevance and novelty of the proposals and their proposers, the alignment with the objectives of the CASTOR center and the potential to spawn larger projects.

The board will consider a balance among the research areas of CASTOR when evaluating the proposals.

Schedule for submission

Four calls per year (January, April, August, October). The exact deadline will be announced one month in advance.
Maximum 6 seed projects a year
Max amount: 300K SEK for KTH
Max duration: 7 months

Seed project operation

An accepted seed project shall provide a summary of its objective and an illustration to post on the CASTOR web site

When a project is accepted one research gives a 15 min presentation to the CASTOR board.

When a seed project is completed, the team shares a one page summary with the board. This summary includes a description of the main results, the technology developed during the project, how the budget was used, the plan to extend the project in a larger proposal.

The results of all seed projects results are presented during our annual CASTOR software days.