R&I-funders and RESEARCHconnect


Search for research funding and calls via the database RESEARCHconnect. The database includes announcements from funders in Sweden and abroad.
Read more about RESEARCHconnect.



National funders

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.

Read more about the Swedish Energy Agency


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.

Read more about Formas

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.

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.

Read more about the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

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.

Read more about the Swedish Research Council 


For innovations linked to research and development--that is, innovative, successful products, services or processes with a scientific basis.

Read more about Vinnova

Regional/local foundations

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.

Read more about The Kamprad Family Foundation

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.

Read more about Gunnar Ivarson's Foundation (Swedish).

Sparkbanksstiftelsen Sjuhärad

Each year, the foundation distributes grants to research/education, business, culture and sport in the municipalities of Bollebygd, Mark, Svenljunga and Borås city.

Read more about Sparkbanksstiftelsen Sjuhärad  (Swedish).

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.

Read more about VGR

Foundations & Funds

AFA Insurance

AFA Insurance supports research and development within the work environment and health field for 150 million every year, for the benefit of working life.

Read more about AFA Insurance

Swedish Inheritance Fund (Allmänna arvsfonden in Swedish)

For the development of activities for children, young people and people with 

Read more about Swedish Inheritance Fund (Swedish).

Asthma and Allergy Association

For research that wants to promote improved health and quality of life for people with allergies and other hypersensitivity.

Read more about Asthma and Allergy Association (Swedish).

Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation

The purpose is to facilitate research in general, and above all art and social science.

Read more about Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation

Crime Victim Fund (Brottsofferfonden in Swedish)

Funds for crime victim-oriented projects and activities.

Read more about Crime Victim Fund

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.

Read more about Swedish Cancer Society

Carnegie Hero Fund

For scientific research and such teaching and education that can be of importance for saving human lives in connection with accidents.

Read more about Carnegie Hero Fund

Swedish Research Council for Sport Science (Centrum för idrottsforskning in Swedish)

Supports sports researchers by distributing research funds.

Read more about Swedish Research Council for Sport Science

Swedish ESF Council (Europeiska socialfonden i Sverige in Swedish)

The programme will promote regional competitiveness, employment and exclusion.

Read more about Swedish ESF Council

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.

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Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation

High scientific quality, credibility and seriousness are the keywords of Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation   when evaluating the proposals requesting funding.

Read more about Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation

Hearing Research Foundation

Supports medical, behavioural and technical research on the situation of the hearing impaired.

Read more about Hearing Research Foundation 

Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

Authority, which, in addition to regular activities, funds research on the labour market.

Read more about Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

Jerring Fund

Handles grants, scholarships and research funds to help children and adolescents with chronic diseases and disabilities.

Read more about Jerring Fund (Swedish).

The Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen in Swedish)

The Knowledge Foundation wants to strengthen Swedish research and increase contact between higher education and business.

Read more about the Knowledge Foundation

Swedish Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket in Swedish)

Helps to develop Swedish research in the field of competition and procurement.

Read more about Swedish Competition Authority

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.

Read more about Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities

Lars Erik Lundberg's foundations

Supports projects that combine technical/scientific and economic approaches in companies. Primarily in the construction sector.

Read more about Lars Erik Lundberg's foundations


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.

Read more about Mistra


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.

Read more about MSB

The Nordic Africa Institute

Promotes studies and research on modern Africa and Africa-related issues in the Nordic countries and Africa.

Read more about The Nordic Africa Institute

The Ridderstad Foundation

Support for press research with historical perspective, advertising history as well as the history of the graphic arts and bookshops.

Read more about The Ridderstad Foundation (Swedish).

Swedish National Heritage Board

Funds  research projects that can bring interesting but previously untested perspectives on cultural environment work.

Read more about Swedish National Heritage Board

Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences

Supports research in the humanities and social sciences including theology and law.

Read more about Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences

Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation SJSF

Support for research, development and education.

Read more about Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation SJSF


Supports regional research networks that strengthen national research capacity, as well as support for researchers at Swedish institutions for research on developmental issues.

Read more about Sida

Swedish Bank Research Foundation (Bankforskningsinstitutet, BFI)

Supports scientific research on financial institutions and markets.

Read more about Swedish Bank Research Foundation

Futura Foundations

Supports studies in which the long-term consequences for humans and the environment are taken into account.

Read more about Futura Foundations

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.

Read more about The Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF

The Internet Foundation in Sweden

Supports Internet development in Sweden through the Internet Fund.

Read more about The Internet Foundation in Sweden 

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.

Read more about The Lars Hiertas Memory Foundation (Swedish)

Foundation Längmanska Culture Fund

The fund is to promote humanities, theology and law, as well as natural sciences – including medicine.

Read more about Foundation Längmanska Culture Fund (Swedish)

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.

Read more about STINT

Sweden Japan Foundation

Scholarships for research in higher education in Japan.

Read more about Sweden Japan Foundation

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.

Application form for Svea Bredal's fund (PDF, in Swedish).

Swedish Institute

Offers both individual researchers and institutions the opportunity to apply for funds for institutional cooperation, primarily regarding exchange at the university level.

Read more about Swedish Institute

Sweden–America Foundation

Enables academic education, research and internships in the United States.

Read more about Sweden–America Foundation (Swedish)

Geological Survey of Sweden

Support for geoscientific research.
Read more about Geological Survey of Sweden

Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg's foundations

Funds scientific research and scientific teaching or study activities, preferably involving the economic, medical and legal fields.

Read more about Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg's foundations

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.

Read more about The Wallenberg Foundations

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.

Read more about The Wenner-Gren foundations

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.

 Read more about Åke Wiberg's foundation (Swedish)


Works for research and technological development, primarily in the areas of energy, environment, safety, forest industry processes and products and other materials.

Read more about Åforsk (Swedish)

Nordic funders

Nordic funding for research is based on the Nordic Council of Ministers (NMR), which decides on the budget and prioritisation of the investments made. 

Nordic Innovation

Funds Nordic innovation projects.

Read more about Nordic Innovation

Nordic Energy Research

Announces funds for research and innovations in the energy field that can promote Nordic interests.

Read more about Nordic Energy Research

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 funders

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.

Read more about Horizon 2020

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.