Strategic Grants

Strategic grants are initiated by the Foundation as a complement to investigator-initiated projects

Besides being of strategic relevance, a strategic project must also be of the highest scientific quality and be beneficial to Sweden. Calls regarding Strategic initiatives are posted for application when the Foundation has identified an area that is in particularly urgent need of support for the good of the country.

Current strategic grants:

  • Max IV, SEK 740 million 
  • Wallenberg Wood Science Center, SEK 850 million in total
  • Life Science SEK 2,5 billion during 2014-2026
  • Wallenberg Centre for Protein Research, WCPR, SEK 340 million during 2016-2023 
  • Wallenberg Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems and Software Program, WASP, SEK 3 billion in total during 2015-2026, With cofinancing from the universities and the Swedish industry the whole program sums up to  SEK 4 billon.
  • Wallenberg Centre for Quantum technology, WACQT, SEK 600 million during 2018-2027

MAX Laboratory

The MAX Laboratory in Lund is a Swedish national laboratory that supports three research areas: accelerator physics, research based on the use of synchrotron radiation, and nuclear physics that uses energy-rich electrons.

The Foundation has granted a total of more than SEK 1 billion to the MAX Laboratory. The latest contribution involves radiation tubes for the new MAX IV facility. They are the first radiation tubes that are custom-designed for spectroscopic studies of various systems under natural conditions. Scientists will be able to examine biological or geological samples in their natural wet environment. They will also be able to monitor corrosion on a surface in a realistic chemical environment and to observe processes in atmospheric gases. The Foundation is also funding a scholarship program to help educate young researchers in the field.

MAX IV - with the mission to make the invisible visible

Wallenberg Wood Science Center

Research at the Wallenberg Wood Science Center focuses on enabling the creation of new products from raw materials from Swedish forests by exploiting more of the wood. Sustainable packaging, electronics, and body implants are some possible products.

Swedish forest can be converted into new environmentally friendly super material

Life Science

For many years the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has awarded grants in this field, and has been instrumental in developing a pre-eminent life science organization in Sweden.

In 2014 the Foundation made a policy decision to launch a further major concerted initiative in the life sciences. The Foundation has reserved a total of over SEK 2.5 billion for the period 2014 – 2026 for life science research. 

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Wallenberg Centre for Protein Research – WCPR

The Wallenberg Centre for Protein Research (WCPR) is a leading international centre of excellence in the field of protein research, its emphasis being on studies of human proteins and production of biopharmaceuticals. The centre intends to collaborate with medium-sized and large pharmaceutical companies in developing new production technologies for biopharmaceuticals.

Biopharmaceuticals have revolutionized medicine, and have made it possible to treat advanced diseases, in a new way. In future it is expected that many more diseases will be treated using biological molecules, primarily based on antibodies.

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Wallenberg Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – WASP

The research program is a dynamic initiative to support basic research, postgraduate education and recruitment in the field of autonomous systems, software development and AI.

The program is intended to promote the development of know-how and expertise in a large number of fields in which vehicles, robots and complex software-intensive systems with intelligence achieve autonomy in interaction with humans. This knowledge is essential for Swedish research to keep pace with development of the connected society, in which a growing number of systems also become autonomous.

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WASP-AI and WACQT – Grants to artificial intelligence and quantum technology research

At the end of the Foundation’s anniversary in 2017 a jubilee donation in quantum technology and artificial intelligence (AI) amounting to SEK 1.6 billion was launched.

A constant aim throughout the 100-year history of the Foundation has been to fund basic research to drive the development of innovative technology that will contribute to Sweden’s long-term progress as a research and industrial nation.

The development within these two fields are predicted to have a major impact on research activities and society as a whole. Through WASP-AI and Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology comprehensive competence centers will be built.

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Earlier years