The Foundation 2021

In 2021 Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation awarded grants totalling SEK 1,8 billion for grants to individuals and Strategic grants


During the year Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation awarded grants totalling over SEK 1.5 billion (2020: 2,0). The 2021 grants were affected by the ongoing pandemic and consequently reduced returns. The yearly grants is estimated to amount to approximately SEK 2.1 billion in the coming years.

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 27 Wallenberg Academy Fellows appointed and 12 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.

Fifteen 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.

Additional SEK 50 million was granted to Covid-19 research during the year.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has no research projects and postdoc positions been announced.

The Foundation has continued to grant major strategic grants within life sciences, autonomous systems and artificial intelligens and quantum technology.

In the end of 2021 was Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability, WISE, launched, an investment in SEK 2.7 billion during the period 2022 – 2033, for research on sustainable materials.

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Since 1917

Since the establishment in 1917, the Foundation has awarded grants of almost SEK 33 billion for projects, equipment, and individuals, including about SEK 9.1 billion over the past five years.

The Wallenberg Foundations

In 2021 the Wallenberg Foundations awarded grants totalling over SEK 1.8 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.