Who can apply?

We invest in projects at Sweden’s university colleges and new universities, aiming to develop strong 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.

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

What does the ”business sector” mean?

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

By business sector, the Knowledge Foundation refers primarily to the private business sector. The concept, however, may include companies under public ownership that are active in competitive markets and where the company finances its operations in the same manner as companies in the private business sector. Hence, public subsidies or fees may not constitute a significant portion of the company’s revenues.

The organizations must primarily produce goods or services and may not be solely administrative enterprises. The organizations must have operations in Sweden to the extent that their engagement will generate value for the collaboration and have possibilities to integrate the results from the collaborations into their operations.

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.

Strong research and education environments:

The projects must also help to develop strong research and education environments at the universities.