The Foundation mainly supports research projects and education related to the social sciences.
The Foundation awards grants to Swedish universities and similar research and education institutions within the following areas:
- Research projects with high scientific potential
- Individual grants for outstanding researchers through the Foundation’s programs
The Foundation sends applications out for peer review.
Research funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation must be published with open access, that is, published articles must be archived in openly searchable databases. The additional cost for this can be taken up as a direct cost in project applications.
Direct applications to the Foundation concerning travels, conference fees etc. will not be accepted. No grants for individual education are awarded, except for the Foundation’s stipend programs. Grants for reconstruction of buildings or interior design or publishing are normally not accepted. Grants are only awarded to non-profit organizations.
Project grants including WASP-HS
The Foundation mainly funds research projects of high scientific potential related to the social sciences.
Within the framework of the call for project grants, applications within WASP-HS can also be made, focusing on the consequences and challenges related to AI and autonomous systems.
The application period begins March 1.
The Foundation supports research projects with high scientific potential. Projects should be focused on a coherent research question.
A project must have a freestanding purpose and not merely constitute auxiliary funding for current operations or other projects in progress. Projects normally have a budget of between SEK 3 million and SEK 10 million. Projects can have a duration of three to five years.
The Foundation primarily grants funding for projects related to law, economics and the social sciences.
High-priority projects include new research areas and research that is interdisciplinary in nature, preferably in IT and digital media.
In addition MMW is supporting the program WASP-HS within humanities and society. Within the framework of the call for project grants, applications within WASP-HS can also be made, focusing on the consequences and challenges related to AI and autonomous systems in following areas:
- Human wellbeing, healthcare, welfare, and environmental sustainability
- Equality, inequality, fairness, inclusion and diversity
- Democracy, social trust, governance, justice, data protection and privacy
- Economy, business, organization and work
- Human learning
Who can apply?
An application can be made by an individual researcher or by a research group associated to a Swedish institution of higher education. An application can also be submitted by the head of the institution.
Applications from individuals without a long-term connection to an academic institution will not be considered.
The application period begins March 3. Last day of application April 1.
Guidelines for research projects
- The Foundations supports investigator-initiated projects of the highest international standard
- Projects should be focused on a coherent research question
- The grant must not merely constitute auxiliary funding for current operations or other projects in progress
- PIs must have a long-term association with a Swedish institution of higher education, and spend at least 70 % of their position and working time in Sweden. Co-investigators must spend at least 50 % of their position and working time in Sweden.
- An individual researcher is only allowed to participate in two ongoing projects, and act as a PI on one of these
- The research must be undertaken at a Swedish institution of higher education but otherwise there are no limits regarding the localization of research groups in terms of organization or geography
- Projects normally have a budget of between SEK 3 million and SEK 10 million. Projects can have a duration of three to five years
- Grants for equipment necessary to the project are approved through financing of depreciation costs
- A project can only be subject for reviewing at two separate application periods
Grants for equipment are normally awarded as part of a project in which the cost of the equipment is directly related to the scientific operations of the project. Equipment is financed through depreciation, which must be calculated linearly across its entire economic/scientific life, not merely across the project period sought. Procurement must take place no later than 2 years after the project starts, and depreciation can thereby commence and be sought for 2 years longer than other costs.
In the e-application the compulsory data and appendices are stated. It is important that the application is extensive and complete for a correct handling of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
In the application the following must be stated/attached:
- The vice-chancellor’s or equivalent’s certification
- CVs of the PI and the co-investigators
- A list of ten selected publications per applicant
- A comprehensive project description in English, must not exceed 10 pages, 12 p font
- A scientific summary in English, max 2 000 characters incl. space
- A popularly summary in Swedish, max 3 500 characters incl. space
- A project budget, using the Foundation’s template
- If the project is co-funded by the applicant’s own higher-education institution and other financiers
- If funding has been applied for, will be applied for, or has been received for the same purposes from another organization
- Applications concerning WASP-HS must include a specification (max 1 A4) of the expected significance of the proposed research for the understanding of the impact of autonomous systems and AI on society.
The decisions of the Board of Directors will be sent to the applicants by letter and information about approved grants will be posted on the Foundation’s web site when the board minutes have been approved.
Research funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation must be published with open access, i.e. published articles must be archived in open searchable databases. Extra costs for open access may be included as a direct cost in the application.
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Please observe the following for requisitions:
Remuneration is for actual costs incurred. Advances are granted only in exceptional cases.
In requisitions, consideration must always be given to budget, grant letter, and special conditions
A Profit & Loss statement (P&L) for the project from the accounting system for the project must always be enclosed
The balancing requisition form must be completed and enclosed
In connection with the final requisitioning, a financial summary of the entire grant must be appended.
Note that the grant recipient always has full responsibility as employer as well as responsibility for any scholarships awarded.
Funds may only be used for the purpose stated in the grant letter. Administrative costs or additional costs for unspecified purposes may not be offset against the grant.
The utilization period for the grant is stated in the grant letter. Prolongation will be accepted only in exceptional circumstances, and only upon written request.
Any funds remaining undisbursed upon maturity of the grant period will automatically revert to the Foundation.
Disbursement requisitions received by the Foundation prior to the 10th day of each month are paid out at the end of that month, provided the requisition is correct.
Requisitions are to be sent by ordinary mail to the address below.
Funded projects must be started on January 1 or July 1 of the year following the date of the decision. If this is not feasible, the Foundation must be informed in writing and a new projected starting date be assigned.
Financial reporting is to be done in conjunction with the requisitioning of funds. Furthermore, in connection with the final requisitioning, a financial summary of the entire grant must be appended. The Foundation reserves the right to review the project with the purpose of controlling that the funds have been used to the approved purpose.
In accordance with the conditions in the grant letter and without notice, a scientific report must be submitted to the Foundation along with, where appropriate, a list of scientific publications that mention the support provided by the Foundation.
All reports are to be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com.
The reporting requirement also applies to equipment projects and must contain information about the placement and level of utilization of the equipment as well as the names of the investigators who are its principal users.
Scientific publications where access to the equipment has played a central role in the execution of the research project must be listed. If the equipment is moved, the Foundation must be informed.