Funders and RESEARCHconnect
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Government research councils, regional and local foundations, as well as other foundations and grants.
Government Research Councils
Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten in Swedish)
The Swedish Energy Agency supports research and development for new knowledge about the supply, transformation, distribution and use of energy.
Formas supports basic research and needs-driven research in the areas of the environment, agricultural industries and community building. Formas promotes ecologically sustainable growth and development in society, multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and international research collaboration.
The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, FORTE
Forte initiates and funds basic and needs-driven research to promote people's working life, health and welfare.Read more about Forte.
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket in Swedish)
Funds research to support the work on the environmental quality objectives, the Environmental Code and Sweden's work on international environmental conventions.
The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet in Swedish)
Funding Swedish basic research with the highest scientific quality and renewal aspect. Most of the research funding are granted for projects initiated by the researchers themselves.
For innovations linked to research and development--that is, innovative, successful products, services or processes with a scientific basis.
The Kamprad Family Foundation
The purpose of the Kamprad Family Foundation is to support, stimulate and reward education and scientific research in such a way that entrepreneurship, the environment, competence, health and social development are promoted.
Gunnar Ivarson's Foundation
The main purpose of the foundation is to financially support development and research projects that promote an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable community building.
Each year, the foundation distributes grants to research/education, business, culture and sport in the municipalities of Bollebygd, Mark, Svenljunga and Borås city.
Region Västra Götaland (VGR)
Region Västra Götaland is working to develop strong research and innovation environments in Västra Götaland and to increase Western Sweden's participation in national and European research programmes.
Foundations & Funds
AFA Insurance supports research and development within the work environment and health field for 150 million every year, for the benefit of working life.
Swedish Inheritance Fund (Allmänna arvsfonden in Swedish)
For the development of activities for children, young people and people with
Asthma and Allergy Association
For research that wants to promote improved health and quality of life for people with allergies and other hypersensitivity.
Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation
The purpose is to facilitate research in general, and above all art and social science.
Crime Victim Fund (Brottsofferfonden in Swedish)
Funds for crime victim-oriented projects and activities.
Swedish Cancer Society
Funds for running costs, employment of personnel, research months intended to prepare for research leave, to promote cancer research by recruiting younger researchers to the area, and for conferences and travel.
Carnegie Hero Fund
For scientific research and such teaching and education that can be of importance for saving human lives in connection with accidents.
Swedish Research Council for Sport Science (Centrum för idrottsforskning in Swedish)
Supports sports researchers by distributing research funds.
Swedish ESF Council (Europeiska socialfonden i Sverige in Swedish)
The programme will promote regional competitiveness, employment and exclusion.
Jan Wallander's and Tom Hedelius's foundation as well as Tore Browaldh's foundation
Supports social science research in mainly economic history, economic geography, business economics, economics and econometrics.forskningsstiftelserna.
Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation
High scientific quality, credibility and seriousness are the keywords of Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation when evaluating the proposals requesting funding.
Hearing Research Foundation
Supports medical, behavioural and technical research on the situation of the hearing impaired.
Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy
Authority, which, in addition to regular activities, funds research on the labour market.
Handles grants, scholarships and research funds to help children and adolescents with chronic diseases and disabilities.
The Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen in Swedish)
The Knowledge Foundation wants to strengthen Swedish research and increase contact between higher education and business.
Swedish Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket in Swedish)
Helps to develop Swedish research in the field of competition and procurement.
Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities
To promote research and other activities within humanities, religious science, legal science and social science disciplines as well as cultural environment care.
Lars Erik Lundberg's foundations
Supports projects that combine technical/scientific and economic approaches in companies. Primarily in the construction sector.
A Mistra programme should contribute to solving important environmental problems. The researchers in the programme therefore have a constant and close dialogue with practitioners from Swedish companies, authorities, legislators, international negotiators and NGOs in order for the research results to come into practical use for sustainable development.
The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSB, is a government agency with the task of developing society's ability to prevent and manage accidents and crises.
The Nordic Africa Institute
Promotes studies and research on modern Africa and Africa-related issues in the Nordic countries and Africa.
The Ridderstad Foundation
Support for press research with historical perspective, advertising history as well as the history of the graphic arts and bookshops.
Swedish National Heritage Board
Funds research projects that can bring interesting but previously untested perspectives on cultural environment work.
Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences
Supports research in the humanities and social sciences including theology and law.
Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation SJSF
Support for research, development and education.
Supports regional research networks that strengthen national research capacity, as well as support for researchers at Swedish institutions for research on developmental issues.
Swedish Bank Research Foundation (Bankforskningsinstitutet, BFI)
Supports scientific research on financial institutions and markets.
Supports studies in which the long-term consequences for humans and the environment are taken into account.
The Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF
Supports research in science, technology and medicine. The supported research must maintain the highest possible quality, but is also to be utilised in Swedish industry and society in general.
The Internet Foundation in Sweden
Supports Internet development in Sweden through the Internet Fund.
The Lars Hiertas Memory Foundation
Scholarships from SEK 5,000–50,000 can be applied for. The funding should relate to the cost of project implementation.
Foundation Längmanska Culture Fund
The fund is to promote humanities, theology and law, as well as natural sciences – including medicine.
STINT – The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education
The purpose is to enable Swedish higher education and research to expand their international contact networks.
Sweden Japan Foundation
Scholarships for research in higher education in Japan.
Svea Bredal's fund
The purpose of the fund is to contribute to library research on the activities and functions of libraries. The fund is awarded annually. The application is made via a special application form.
Offers both individual researchers and institutions the opportunity to apply for funds for institutional cooperation, primarily regarding exchange at the university level.
Enables academic education, research and internships in the United States.
Geological Survey of Sweden
Support for geoscientific research.
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Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg's foundations
Funds scientific research and scientific teaching or study activities, preferably involving the economic, medical and legal fields.
The Wahlgrenska Foundation
The purpose is to support media development by making contributions to media research, primarily in the form of grants for projects or individual scholarships.
Read more about The Wahlgrenska Foundation (Swedish)
The Wallenberg Foundations
The Wallenberg foundations comprise 15 public utility foundations, the capital of which has been donated by--or formed through the collection of honours to--members of the Wallenberg family.
The Wenner-Gren foundations
Distribution of scholarships to Swedish researchers who want to travel abroad and to visiting researchers who want to come to Sweden.
Åke Wiberg's foundation
The foundation provides funding for scientific research and for the care and education of children and youth. The foundation has supported medical research, but also research within the humanities and social sciences.
Works for research and technological development, primarily in the areas of energy, environment, safety, forest industry processes and products and other materials.
Nordic funding for research is based on the Nordic Council of Ministers (NMR), which decides on the budget and prioritisation of the investments made.
Funds Nordic innovation projects.
Nordic Energy Research
Announces funds for research and innovations in the energy field that can promote Nordic interests.
Nordic Co-operation Boards
NOS-HS, NOS-M, NOS-N are Nordic co-operation boards for research and research infrastructure and are funded by the respective national research councils. The committees are in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine and Natural Sciences. They sometimes have smaller calls of their own or are involved in other initiatives, eg. NordForsk.
EU – Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the EU's framework programme for research and innovation. The programme is the world's largest investment in research and innovation and has a total budget of around EUR 80 billion. The goal of Horizon 2020 is to transform scientific breakthroughs into innovative products and services that can lead to new business opportunities and services and that can improve people's lives.
Other EU-funded research programmes
ERA-NET – European Research Area – Network
The EU Commission, with ERA-NET, has created an instrument for collaboration with research funders in other EU countries. The aim is to strengthen European R&D collaboration and to open up national programmes for the participation of researchers from other countries in the long term, thereby contributing to the rationalisation of R&D efforts within Europe.
In order to disseminate information on ERA-NET, so-called National Contact Points (NCPs) have been established throughout Europe. Sweden's two NCPs (National Contact Points) for ERA-NET are available at Vinnova and at the Swedish Research Council.
EUREKA is a collaboration network with 39 member countries in Europe that have been created to promote collaboration between companies and researchers in terms of market research and technological development. In the projects, both small and large companies, institutions and authorities cooperate with at least two member countries. The participants themselves initiate and design the cooperation.
EUREKA is not a project-funding organisation. The principle is that each participant himself/herself funds his/her part, possibly with the help of each country's national support opportunities. There are two types of EUREKA projects: individual projects and so-called cluster projects.
Vinnova is the Swedish coordinator and is responsible for the national EUREKA office.
Eurostars is a EUREKA programme for research-competent SMEs and is implemented in cooperation with the European Commission. Eurostars supports market-related R&D projects with players from at least two affiliated countries. The project will lead to market introduction of a product or service based on innovative technology. Furthermore, it is required that a research SME assumes the project leader role and, on its own or together with other research SMEs, accounts for activities corresponding to at least half the project cost. Large companies, universities and institutions also have the opportunity to participate in the projects.
Applications to Eurostars are evaluated by an independent international expert panel. Applications can be submitted continuously and submitted applications are evaluated on two occasions per year.
Vinnova is coordinator in Sweden and co-finances Swedish projects.
ESF – European Science Foundation
The ESF is a European cooperation organisation and a forum for information exchange and research policy discussions. The ESF grants grants for various forms of research collaboration and produces recommendations and makes investigations of the nature of research policy.
The Swedish Research Council is one of four Swedish member organisations and the one that coordinates Swedish participation. Other Swedish member organisations are Formas, FAS, KVA, Vitterhetsakademien and Vinnova.
The ESF initiates research collaboration in various areas and coordinates a number of research networks of various kinds, for example Exploratory Workshops and COST (see below).
COST stands for "European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research" and is a European collaborative programme for both technical and social science and medical research. COST aims to organise and coordinate R&D projects at universities, institutes and industries in Europe so that national resources are used more efficiently. One can say that COST is a long-term planned "preparatory programme" (3-4 years) with clear aims to build up its application within H2020 or other EU research programmes. This means that COST does not have any research money but on the other offers networking money, i.e. funding travel, workshops, networking, etc.
Vinnova - coordinates Swedish COST participation and is national coordinator (NCC).
JTI (Joint Technology Initiatives) and Technology Platforms
Technology platforms are major strategic partnerships that will focus and consolidate Europe's resources in important industrial areas. Each platform will gather different actors – companies, research organisations, authorities, consumers and others – with the aim of collaborating and developing common research strategies.
Six platforms have been appointed Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI) and began their work in 2008.