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Margareta Bäckström Lindgren
Margareta Bäckström Lindgren

Margareta Bäckström Lindgren

Specialist - Research Funding
Luleå University of Technology
Professional Support

I´m part of  Grants office as a  research administator since 2015. I support of my work lies in the following areas:

  • Swedish financiers: Vinnova, Swedish Energy Agency
  • Horizon 2020 Pills 2 and 3
  • Horizont Europe 

I offer support and advice to all University researchers by:

  • Help plan external funding at different levels (postdoc, junior researchers, established researchers)
  • Identify current calls that fit in the researcher's area / project
  • Assist with the application process, ie read and comment on the application.

I am a contact person in Grants office for support regarding competence center applications. I am also one of the project manager for the Forum for Social Innovation (MSI) where my support is to facilitate workshops regarding impact, gender and how to implement strategies for the global goals within project implementation and impact.

Mission and membership

  • Member of  SWARMA  (SWedish Associated Research  Managers and  Administrators)
  • Member of EARMA  (European Association for Research Managers and Administrators )


I am IPMA-C certified in project management since 2016.

My background is process technology and mainly in the paper and pulp industry. I have my degree from LTU as a civil engineer in Chemical Engineering. After my degree I worked at one of the research institutes, Innventia (now RISE) as project manager, facilitator in Material processes and as a specialist at Innventia's Grants office.

I have experience in PF7 as a specialist in, among other things, FBS-Support for EU research. A support function for forest, pulp paper and the bioenergy sectors, which was a collaboration between Innventia, SP Wood and Skogforsk. representative of FTP. During the application process, Grants office assisted with administrative issues, reading and finances. The Swedish companies that were included in the application also received support to the extent they needed. Grants office Innventia was closely linked to the Swedish research platform (NRA Sweden) and also to (FTP) Forest-based sector Technology Platforms. There, I participated in several partner events, as a representative of the company. As well as participation in EARTO conferences.

I also have experience as an assistant coordinator for SustainComp, a large-scale project with 17 partners. The project developed new types of durable composite materials and demonstrators for several different applications. The project was also listed as one of the success stories during FP7, such as Sustaincomp-Planning for a sustainable plastic future.

As project manager at Innventia, I was responsible for several projects together with our researchers and customers, to create new innovative process solutions, in the pulp and paper industry. The projects could be either directly towards the customer (end-user) or in collaboration within projects financed by Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency or the EU.