Applying for funding

You can read about the process of applying for funding from the Knowledge Foundation here. The call for proposals for the respective programme will include detailed information on the objective and purpose of the programme, the formal requirements, assessment criteria, timescale, etc. If anything is unclear or if you have any questions, please contact the person responsible for the programme at our secretariat.

Universities eligible to apply for funding

In accordance with our statutes, we fund research and competence development at second cycle or third cycle level at Sweden’s university colleges and newer universities. The Knowledge Foundation’s funding goes to the universities and is applied for by an operationally responsible project manager who will run the project in a stated research and educational environment at the university.

The universities below are eligible to apply for funding from us.

Universities eligible to apply for funding

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

Programmes and calls for proposals

We offer a number of programmes for funding. Our ordinary programmes are announced regularly once a year to enable the universities to take a long-term, strategic approach in planning their applications.

In additional to these cyclical programmes, we also offer the KK-environment programme, which is a tool for strategy-driven development and profiling of academic environments in a selected area at a universities.

The Knowledge Foundation may also issue specific calls for proposals.

Annual plan – Calls for proposals

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Terms and conditions

The different programmes set specific terms and conditions for an application, as described in the call for proposals concerned. However, a criterion for all the Knowledge Foundation’s programmes is that they must contribute to the development of strong research and educational environments within the university’s profiled areas.

All projects funded by the Foundation must be designed in co-production between academia and the business sector. How the business sector is to participate in specific projects is described in detail in the call for proposals of the particular programme. Several programmes require that the contribution from business partners to the project must in total correspond to at least the same amount as that applied for from the Foundation

Co-producing companies must fall within the Knowledge Foundation’s definition of the business sector.

The Knowledge Foundation’s calls for proposals are open to all scientific and artistic subject areas.


Each programme has specific requirements on the format of an application and the information that must be provided for an application to be equivalently assessed. The call for proposals for the respective programme will contain detailed information regarding what is required. All the Knowledge Foundation’s programmes require the following elements to be included in the application as a minimum:

  • Description of the current research and educational environment
    The application must include a description of the research and educational environment at the universities where the project is to be managed, and a description of how the project applied for will contribute to the development of this environment.
  • Project plan
    The project plan must describe the structure of the project, its implementation and objectives, how co-production with the business sector is to work, etc.
  • Curriculum vitae
    Curriculum vitae for peopleindividuals within the project group who are central for the implementation of the project. Describe the qualifications that are relevant in relation to the project. For more information: Broadened review of academic merits and advanced assessment 
  • Letters of intent
    Signed letters of intent are required from each of the co-producing companies detailing their commitment, contribution and role in the project and the motivation and value for those participating. It is of great importance that the letters of intent are individually formulated by (each of) the co-producing companies
  • Project budget
    The Knowledge Foundation’s project template must be used, and the budget must also be justified in the project plan. Budgeting of funding must follow the instructions in the General Terms and Conditions document.
  • Signatures of the project manager, project owner and vice-chancellor
    The application must be signed by the project manager, the project owner, and the vice-chancellor. The signature appendix is here

The project manager must use the SBS Manager application system to send an application to the Knowledge Foundation. The project manager must also use SBS Manager for progress reports and final reports of the project.