The Foundation approved grants totaling, SEK 1.7 billion
In 2015 the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation awarded grants totaling SEK 1.7 billion for research projects and infrastructure, and also as grants to individuals.
Grants to Individuals
The first 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.
During the year 29 researchers were admitted as Wallenberg Academy Fellows. The program supports some of the country’s most promising young researchers in all scientific disciplines.
Seventeen 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. Fifteen researchers who have recently been awarded PhDs in all fields of research were admitted to the Foundation’s postdoctoral program at Stanford University. Two postdoctoral scholarships were awarded in life sciences at the Broad Institute.
Project funding, strategic initiatives and infrastructure
A total of SEK 759 million was awarded in grants to 25 research projects offering high scientific potential.
During the year the Foundation initiated several major initiatives for funding of infrastructure and strategic projects such as the Wallenberg Autonomous Systems Program, the Wallenberg Centre for Protein Research and the Wallenberg Centre for Research in Molecular Medicine.
The Wallenberg Wood Science Center received additional funding in 2015 for an ongoing project aimed at developing new materials from Swedish forests.
Funding of SEK 185 million was approved for expansion of the national capacity for sequencing of human genomes at SciLifeLab.
Since its inception the Foundation has awarded a total of SEK 21.8 billion in the form of grants for projects, equipment and individuals, including SEK 7.4 billion over the past five years.
The Wallenberg Foundations
In 2015 the Wallenberg Foundations awarded grants totaling just over SEK 2 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.