External research funding
Research accounts for 84% of Karolinska Institutet’s annual turnover, and the revenues for the research area in 2021 were just over SEK 6.3 billion. External funders account for about 53% of research revenues. The largest financial contributions, except government base-funding, come from the Swedish Research Council, the EU, the Swedish Cancer Society, and the Wallenberg Foundations. The public healthcare system within Region Stockholm is also a significant research funder.
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Awarded grants to KI research
A number of Swedish foundations are contributing largely to different research projects at KI. The most important of these private contributors are the Swedish Cancer Society and the Wallenberg Foundations.
Funding from the EU
The European Union is the most important international funding organisation for research at KI, which in turn is one of the largest recipient of European funding in the field of health research.
US research funding
US and international funding supports many research projects at Karolinska Institutet. In 2021, some SEK 101 million was obtained from federal agencies and private foundations in the US.
Strategic research areas
The strategic research areas are efforts by the Swedish government in certain selected areas. KI has received funding for six of seven research fields: stem cells, diabetes, neuroscience, cancer, epidemiology and care sciences.
News on funding awarded to KI
Three times the ERC Advanced Grant
Meet Patrik Ernfors, a researcher who wants to understand how the experience of pain is affected by our state of mind. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant – for the third time.
Fibromyalgia - why it aches so bad
Meet pain researcher and Wallenberg Scholar Camilla Svensson in a video produced by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in 2023.
A century of research support
In its pursuit of excellence and pursuing long-term goals, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has awarded billions of Swedish kroner to researchers at Karolinska Institutet over the years.