Who can apply?

We invest in projects at Sweden’s university colleges and new universities, aiming to develop internationally competitive, integrated research and education environments in areas of strategic importance. The projects must be carried out in co-production with the business sector, since the exchange between academia and business is crucial to Sweden’s competitiveness.


In accordance with our statutes, we fund research and competence development at Sweden’s university colleges and new universities. Only these institutions are eligible to apply for funding from the Knowledge Foundation:

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology
  • Swedish Defence University
  • The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences GIH
  • Dalarna University
  • University of Borås
  • University of Gävle
  • University of Halmstad
  • Jönköping University
  • Kristianstad University
  • University of Skövde
  • University West
  • Karlstads University
  • Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
  • Linnaeus University
  • Malmö University
  • Mid Sweden University
  • Mälardalen University
  • Royal Institute of Art
  • Royal College of Music
  • Stockholm University of the Arts
  • Södertörn University
  • Örebro University


Twice annually (spring and autumn), we announce our Calls for Proposals here on the website.


The text in each Call for Proposal outlines the purpose and objectives of the programme, the background, eligibility requirements, how the university and the business sector are expected to collaborate, formal requirements, assessment criteria and timetable. The projects must be co-produced between researchers and the business sector. For more information about co-production, see the menu on the left.

The application must be registered via the Knowledge Foundation’s portal, under the heading Ansök & Rapportera.

Approved expenditure

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide support in drafting a budget when applying for project funding from the Knowledge Foundation. It also provides a framework to indicate how such funding from the Knowledge Foundation, universities, companies and institutes may be utilized in an approved project.

Budget and financial control should be conducted in cooperation with an economist at the university.

Guidelines on Approved Expenditure

What does the ”business sector” mean?

The Knowledge Foundation funds education and research under the condition that the business sector makes an equivalent contribution.

The Knowledge Foundation defines the “business sector” as privately owned companies. However, the concept may also include publically owned companies operating in a competitive market, where the company finances its activities in the same manner as privately owned companies. This means that government subsidies or fees must not account for a significant portion of the company’s revenues.

No activities should be of a solely administrative nature. Activities should mainly be devoted to the production of goods or services. The companies must be active in Sweden to the extent that their input is valuable for the co-production, and that they are able to integrate the results of the co-production into their activities in Sweden.

For more information, please contact one of our Programme Managers.

The Knowledge Foundation’s mission:

Our mission is to strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness, which is why all projects that we fund contribute towards this goal in various ways.

Integrated research and education environments:

The projects must also help to develop complete and internationally competitive research and education environments at the universities.