Research projects 2020

Research projects with high scientific potential

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has awarded a total of SEK 541 million to 18 research projects in the fields of medicine, the natural sciences and technology that are considered to offer potential for future scientific breakthroughs.

Studies of the Arctic climate in a year-round perspective, alternatives to quantum computers and studies of nerve cells to understand changed emotion and cognition with autism, are what some of the 18 projects that receive funding are about.

Medicine

Project: ”Anger Management: Neuronal Network Organization, Plasticity and Sex-Specificity in Aggression and other Social Behaviours”

Grant: SEK 20,400,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Professor Christian Broberger, Stockholm University

Project: ”Adipose tissue senescence and metabolic disease in man”

Grant: SEK 31,000,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Dr Kirsty Spalding, Karolinska Institutet

Project: ”Vascular organotypicity in health and disease”

Grant: SEK 38,000,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Professor Lena Claesson-Welsh, Uppsala University

Project: ”Brain circuits in decision-making”

Grant: SEK 32,200,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Docent Marie Carlén, Karolinska Institutet

Project: ”Developmental trajectories for human B-cells”

Grant: SEK 39,200,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Professor Qiang Pan-Hammarström, Karolinska Institutet

Natural sciences

Project: ”Multilevel efficiency of bird flight: Generating vortices to travel the world”

Grant: SEK 22,900,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Professor Anders Hedenström, Lund University

Project: ”Year-round climate feedbacks of winter phenological (mis)matches of plants and microbes across the Arctic”

Grant: SEK 28,900,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Docent Ellen Dorrepaal, Umeå University

Project: ”Decoding cell fate with lineage-tracing in utero transduction”

Grant: SEK 40,100,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Dr Emma Andersson, Karolinska Institutet

Project: ”Decoding bacterial toxin-antitoxin systems: from high-throughput discovery to molecular mechanisms and biotechnology”

Grant: SEK 29,600,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Dr Gemma Atkinson, Umeå University

Project: ”Development of new therapeutic strategies based on the discovery of ZC3H11A - a stress-induced protein required for efficient virus growth”

Grant: SEK 25,000,000 over three years
Principal investigator: Professor Leif Andersson, Uppsala University

Project: PlantEra: ”Biomolecular and structural comparisons of ancient and modern plants– tools for tracing phylogeny and survival strategies during mass extinctions”

Grant: SEK 28,600,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Professor Vivi Vajda, Swedish Museum of Natural History

Technology/physics/mathematics

Project: ”Creation of heavy elements in neutron-star mergers”

Grant: SEK 29,600,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Docent Andreas Heinz, Chalmers University of Technology

Project: ”The 2D-Materials Frontier”

Grant: SEK 29,000,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Professor Johanna Rosén, Linköping University

Project: ”Metasurface-Emitting Lasers: Tomorrows Light Sources for Applied Photonics”

Grant: SEK 38,100,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Professor Mikael Käll, Chalmers University of Technology

Project: ”Type Theory for Mathematics and Computer Science”

Grant: SEK 34,700,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Professor Thierry Coquand, University of Gothenburg

Project: ”The Origin and Fate of Dust in our Universe”

Grant: SEK 27,700,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Professor Kirsten Kraiberg Knudsen, Chalmers University of Technology

Project: ”Combining intense extreme ultraviolet and relativistic electron pulses”  

Grant: SEK 25,600,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Professor Per Johnsson, Lund University

Project: ”Galactic Time Machine”

Grant: SEK 20,400,000 over five years
Principal investigator: Professor Sofia Feltzing, Lund University