The Foundation 2020

In 2020 the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation awarded grants totalling 2 billion for research projects and to individuals


During the year Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation awarded grants totalling SEK 2 010 000 000.

Grants to individuals

Within the Wallenberg Academy Fellows program, which provides long-term funding for young, promising Swedish and foreign researchers from all academic fields, were 21 previous Wallenberg Academy Fellows granted a Wallenberg Academy Fellows prolongation grant.

Four Wallenberg Clinical Scholars were announced during the year. The aim of the program is to support clinical research in Sweden by giving the foremost clinical researchers in Sweden good opportunities to combine research with clinical work. Ultimately, the program is expected to include 25 researchers.

Sixteen researchers received grants under the mathematics program. The object of the program, which was initiated jointly with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, is to return Swedish research in mathematics to the international forefront.

Twenty-five researchers who have recently been awarded PhDs in all fields of research were admitted for studies at the Foundation’s postdoctoral program in various institutions at Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Nanyang Technological University i Singapore and in the field of life science at Broad Institute in Cambridge, USA.

Project funding and strategic initiatives

A total of SEK 541 million was awarded in grants to 18 research projects offering high scientific potential.

Time and time again, the Foundation awards grants specifically for basic research, thereby supporting the development of new technology capable of furthering Sweden’s long-term development as a center of research and industrial nation.

The following long-term strategic initiatives are ongoing:

  • Wallenberg Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems and Software Program, WASP
    SEK 4.2 billion to 2026 
  • Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology, WACQT
    SEK 1 billion to 2029
  • Life Sciences
    SEK 6.2 billion to 2032
  • Wallenberg Wood Science Center
    SEK 850 million 2008-2028
  • MAX IV Laboratory
    Since the first Max Laboratory was built, the Foundation has contributed over SEK 1 billion to the MAX facilities.
    SEK 740 million over the past eight years
  • Education for Better Integration
    The “Education for Better Integration” program is a ten-year commitment to educational initiatives designed to improve integration in Swedish society. The program is supported by the three largest Wallenberg Foundations in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Swedish Academy.
    Joint initiative by the Foundations totaling SEK 300 million over ten years

Read more about the strategic grants

Since 1917

Since the establishment in 1917, the Foundation has awarded grants of SEK 31,2 billion for projects, equipment, and individuals, including more than SEK 9.4 billion over the past five years.

The Wallenberg Foundations

In 2020 the Wallenberg Foundations awarded grants totalling SEK 2.4 billion.

“The Wallenberg Foundations” is a collective term for a number of foundations founded by family members, of which the three largest are the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation and the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation.