Researchers’ Grand Prix is a Swedish competition that has been running annually since 2012. We challenge researchers to present their research in the most captivating, inspiring and educational way possible – in just four minutes! The audience and expert judges jointly decide on the winner.

Keivan Javanshiri, winner of Researchers’ Grand Prix 2019, congratulated by Ethel Forsberg, Director General of the research council Forte, who presented the prizes at the final.

Researchers qualify to the final round by advancing through regional heats, that take place in cities across Sweden as a part of the science festival ForskarFredag (European Researchers’ Night in Sweden). In addition, researchers can qualify for the final via an online contest – Researchers’ Grand Prix Digital.

Why the Researchers’ Grand Prix?

There are many situations in life where it is useful for researchers to know how to describe their research in a simple, concise and engaging way (e.g. applying for funding, working with journalists, interacting with the public, or at the dinner table with family and friends). Researchers participating in the contest are given training in rhetoric and stage performance (both in groups and individually), which has been much appreciated by the participants.


The competition is inspired by the Norwegian Researcher Grand Prix, which in turn is developed from a concept created by the Center for Art and Science at the University of Southern Denmark in Denmark.

The Researchers’ Grand Prix is organised jointly by the Swedish non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science), the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas), the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working life and Welfare (Forte) and the Sweden’s Innovation Agency, VINNOVA.

Read the latest about Researchers’ Grand Prix in English:

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Who is the best in Sweden at presenting their research?

The countdown has begun. On 25 November, seven finalists will take to the stage to present their research in the most exciting and comprehensible way possible – in just four minutes! Join in and vote for your favourite in the Researchers’ Grand Prix. 

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Become a better science communicator by competing in the Researchers’ Grand Prix!

How good are you at explaining your research? In the Researchers’ Grand Prix, researchers compete to see who can present their research in the most engaging, educational and understandable way – in just 4 minutes! Applications are now open for Researchers’ Grand Prix Digital, an online heat that is open to researchers throughout Sweden. Submit your application, gain an experience of a lifetime and the chance to win 15,000 SEK.

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Medical researcher named Sweden’s best science communicator 2019

Keivan Javanshiri, a medical researcher at the Department of Neuropathology at Lund University has won the 2019 Swedish Researchers’ Grand Prix. He was awarded the title of Sweden’s best science communicator at the final held on 26 November in Stockholm. The winner was decided based upon the combined votes of the public and a jury. 

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