Swedish research funding
In Sweden, research is funded by government agencies, public foundations and private financiers. You can find an overview of these here.
Brief information on a selection of major Swedish research funding bodies is provided below, along with links to web pages with additional information about their activities and current calls. Note that some of these calls require central application administration, e.g. in which the Vice-Chancellor needs to sign a statement of commitment.
- The Swedish Research Council is a government research funding body that funds research and research infrastructure in the university and higher education sector. The Swedish Research Council awards funding to research of the highest scientific quality in all disciplinary research domains. Note that UU has central application administration for research infrastructure.
- Formas is a government research funding body that funds research for ecologically, financially and socially sustainable societal advancements and which can meet the global sustainability targets.
- Forte is a government research funding body that funds research on human health, working life and well-being.
- Vinnova is Sweden’s innovation authority with the mission of promoting sustainable growth by improving conditions for innovation and by funding needs-driven research.
- The Wallenberg Foundations grant funding to excellent researchers and research projects with a country-beneficial focus. Note that the foundations require higher institution prioritisation of submitted applications and UU therefore has central administration of these applications.
- The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research supports research in science, engineering and medicine. The foundation promotes the development of strong research environments of the highest international class with significance for the development of Sweden’s future competitiveness.
- MISTRA supports research of strategic significance for a good living environment. The research should significantly contribute to solving key environmental problems and to environmentally sound societal developments. The foundation promotes the development of strong research environments of the highest international standing that are important for Sweden’s future competitiveness.
- The Swedish Energy Agency supports research and innovation in the area of energy. New technology and innovations will contribute to the attainment of Sweden’s energy and climate goals.
- The Ragnar Söderberg Foundation is a private research funding body that supports research primarily in medicine, economics and the legal sciences.
- The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (RJ) is an independent foundation with the goal of promoting and supporting research in the humanities and social sciences.
- The Swedish Cancer Society is an independent non-profit organisation that works for a higher survival rate and a reduction in the incidence of cancer. Researchers and healthcare professionals can apply for grants or scholarships from the Swedish Cancer Society.
- The Göran Gustafsson Foundation (UU/KTH) promotes primarily pure research in engineering physics and medicine and is aimed at younger researchers.