Useful links to major funders

Government funding bodies

Swedish Research Council

Sweden’s largest governmental research funding body, and supports research of the highest quality within all scientific fields.


Formas is a government research council for sustainable development. Areas of activity include the environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning.


Forte is a research council and a government agency under the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, funding research within three main fields: health, working life and welfare.


Vinnova is Sweden’s government agency for innovation, contributing to sustainable growth by improving the conditions for innovation. 

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency

Myndigheten för Samhällsskydd och beredskap

Swedish Environmental Protection Agency


Swedish Energy Agency


Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth


Swedish Radiation Safety Authority



Private Foundations & Collecting Societies

The Wallenberg Foundations

Consists of public and private foundations formed by the Wallenberg family or established in memory of family members. The Foundations grant funding to excellent researchers and research projects beneficial to Sweden.

Ragnar Söderberg Foundation

The Foundation prioritizes research focused on medicine, economy and law. Funding is granted younger researchers that has already demonstrated high academic skill and novel ideas.

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

RJ supports research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

The Swedish Cancer Society (Cancerfonden)

One of the largest financiers of cancer research in Sweden. Funding of research projects, care development projects, courses and collaborations, scientific meeting attendance, etc. 

The Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation

The fund supports numerous fields of research connected to myocardial infarction, heart failure, vascular spasms, genetic heart defects, stroke, asthma, COPD and emphysema, among others.

The Swedish Brain Foundation (Hjärnfonden) 

Supports research and distribute information about the brain and its diseases, injuries and disabilities. The foundation awards scholarships and grants to researchers and research groups to enable or enhance important research. 


Public Foundations

The Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen)

The knowledge foundation funds research and competence development at Sweden’s university colleges and new universities with the purpose of strengthening Sweden’s competitiveness.


Mistra invests in research aimed at solving key environmental problems and promoting Sweden’s future competitiveness. 

Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research

Funds research in science, engineering and medicine. Research group and individual grants, graduate school grants and grants to promote greater mobility.


The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) invests in internationalisation projects proposed by researchers, educators and leaderships at Swedish universities.