Funding from SSF

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The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF, is a free and independent research funding body within the public research funding system, that contributes with substantial funding for research at Karolinska Institutet. Some of the larger allocations and researchers who have received funding are listed below.

Ingvar Carlsson Award

The aim of this programme is to identify and support young, well-qualified researchers who, after their postdoc in another country, intend to start an independent, lasting and creative research career in Sweden. Each project receives a tree-year grant of SEK 3 or 4 million. The grant also include a personal scholarship of SEK 60 000 that will be awarded to each recipient. The programme is named after former Swedish Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson, in recognition of his contribution as Chairman of the SSF during the period 1997-2002.


Awardees from Karolinska Institutet

  • Maria Genander – Regeneration, specialisation and cancer development in skin. (2015-2018)
  • Edmund Loh – Bidrar RNA-reglering till dödlig Neisseria  infection? (2015-2018)
  • Katja Petzold – How microRNA move; significance of regulating RNA function. (2015-2018)
  • Kristiina Tammimies – Towards personalised medicine in neuropsychiatric diagnoses. (2015-2018)
  • Caroline Palm Apergi – Development of siRNN, a tailor-made cancer drug. (2013-2016)
  • Fredrik Lanner – Exploring of early embryonic development and pluripotency. (2013-2016)
  • Anna Wredenberg – Studies of mitochondrial genomics and pathogen mechanisms. (2013-2016)
  • Fredrik Wermeling – Homeostatic inflammation regulation. (2013-2016)
  • Jenny Mjösberg – The role of innate lymphoid cells in intestinal inflammation and cancer. (2013-2016)
  • Andreas Sigfridsson – Imageing of metabolism in the beating heart. (2013-2016)
  • Roland Nilsson – System metabolism in normal and transformed cells. (2012-2016)
  • Pontus Almer Boström – Molecular mechanisms behind the protective effect of exercise in diabetes (2012-2015)
  • Erik Ingelsson – The genetic architecture of cardiovascular disease.  (2009-2013)
  • Rickard Sandberg – Biotechnology, medical technology and the technology of life sciences. (2007-2010)
  • Henrik Ehrsson – The neurophysiology of bodily Bodily Self-Consciousness. (2006-2010)
  • Maria Lindskog – Effects of the rewarding system on memory. (2006-2010)
  • Silvia Paddock – Genetic studies of bipolar diseases. (2006-2010)

Research Infrastructure Fellows

The aim for the support to the Research Infrastructure Fellows is improve and increase the availability of Swedish infrastructure, promote interdisciplinary research and collaboration between institutions and disciplines, and engage new user groups, including industry. Each project in the program receives a grant of SEK 15 million for a period of 5 years (2015-2020).

Framework grants

Framework grants for problem- or application-driven research projects of the highest international scientific standard with the aim of stimulating interdisciplinary research collaboration in areas of strategic relevance.



The framework grants within the area of novel biomarkers are SEK 32-35 million each for a period of five years (2015-2019).

  • Sven-Erik Dahlén –  Non-invasive care-friendly biomarkers for asthma 
  • Joakim Dillner – Biobanks-based evaluation of new tests in cervix screening 
  • Thomas Helleday – Clinical biomarkers for ROS-based anti-cancer treatment 
  • Rikard Holmdahl – Biomarkers for detection of inlammation in the joints 
  • Agneta Nordberg – New biomarkers for early diagnosis and treatment of AD 



Synergy grants for research in molecular imaging, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, implanted sensors, portable sensors, lab-on- a-chip, and new bio materials of SEK 24-30 million each for five years (2014-2019).


Infection biology

Synergy grants for research in infection biology of SEK 24-30 million each for five years (2013-2018).


Clinical Research

Clinical research projects aimed at making better use of the national quality registers are assigned 20 million per year over five years (2011-2016)

  • Johan Askling – Quality registries for prediction of inflammatory diseases 
  • Pär Sparén – Registry-based optimization of the prevention of cervix cancer 


Predictive models and Biomarkers

The framework grants within the area of predictive models and biomarkers are SEK 20-35 million each for a period of six years (2010-2015).



The framework grants within the area of epigenetics are SEK 20 million each for a period of five years (2010-2015).

  • Herwig Schuler – Chemical tools for studying epigenetic signaling 
  • Juha Kere – Epigenetic mechanisms in asthma and allergy 


Innate immunity

The framework grants within the area of innate immunity are SEK 20 million each for a period of fiveyears (2010-2015).


Future research leaders

The aim of this programme is to support and promote young scientists who have the potential and the ambition to become future leaders of academic and/or industrial research in Sweden. The funding is 10 million SEK for five years.


KI researchers who have received funding for 2014-2018

  • Fanie Barnabé-Heider – Stem cells of the bone marrow, from development to injury and cancer 
  • Yenan Bryceson – Epigenetic regulation of cytotoxic functions in the lymphocytes
  • Björn Högberg – Molecular DNA-tools for neuroscience and cancer biology 
  • Maria Kasper – Stem cells of the skin, role in wound healing and influence on skin cancer. 
  • Konstantinos Meletis – Optogenetic characterization of the limbic network 
  • Robert Månsson – Effect and function of distal gene-regulatory elements 
  • Roland Nilsson – New techniques for mapping the metabolism of the cell 


KI researchers who have received funding for 2012-2016


KI researchers who have received funding for 2011-2015

  • Tobias Larsson – Preparation of new treatments for cardio renal disease 
  • Arne Lindqvist – The dynamics during recovery from DNA damage 
  • Anders Nordström – Kinetic metabolomics: in the early phase of development of drugs 
  • Rickard Sandberg – The anatomy of a programme for gene expression 
  • Camilla Svensson – Arthitis and chronic pain: new models and points of attack 


Other grants from SSF

  • Per-Olof Berggren – In vivo screening of aptamers for the treatment of Diabetes. Scientific collaboration with Korea 2015-2017. 
  • Anna Falk – The role of neural stem cells in psychiatric disease. Individual grant for gender equality 2014-2019.
  • Johan Raud – Development of a new asthma drug. Strategic mobility grant 2014-2016.