The Wallenberg Foundations

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In 2017, the Wallenberg Foundations jointly contributed with nearly SEK 208 million to research at Karolinska Institutet. Established in 1917, it is especially the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) that over the years has funded major investments in research infrastructure and grants to individual researchers and projects at KI.

KAW is the largest private funders of research in Sweden, currently granting about SEK 1.8 billion per year to research projects and infrastructure at Swedish universities, mainly in the fields of science, technology and medicine. In 2017, the KAW foundation celebrated its 100th anniversary in support of excellent Swedish research and education. The other major Wallenberg family foundations are the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, and the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation.


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Strategic KAW funding at KI

  • Swedish Brain Power – network for research on dementia, ALS and Parkinson's disease led from KI.
  • SciLifeLab – together with the Swedish government, KAW is the largest funder of this national research facility, in which KI is a partner.

Project grants from KAW

Funding by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation for research projects at KI with high scientific potential.

Researcher Project

Jonas Frisén, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Awarded SEK 40.6 million over five years in 2018.

Cell turnover in human health and disease

Juleen Zierath, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery. Awarded SEK 18 million over three years in 2018.

Tissue-crosstalk and metabolic regulation of type 2 diabetes

Abdel El Manira, Department of Neuroscience. Awarded SEK 16.2 million over five years in 2018.

Decoding the logic of the neural circuits for motor actions

Luca Jovine, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition. Awarded SEK 29.4 million över five years in 2018.

Integrative structural biology of mammalian fertilization: Unveiling the beginning of life from gametes to atoms

Mats Wahlgren, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology. Awarded SEK 27.5 Million in 2017.

Understanding malaria-parasite survival in the human body for developing antimalarial drugs

Anita Göndör, Department of Oncology-Pathology. Awarded SEK 36.8 Million in 2017.

The Achilles’ heel of breast cancer

Björn Högberg, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics. Awarded SEK 25.1 Million in 2017.

Deciphering Spatial Signaling of Protein Clusters at the Membrane

Rickard Sandberg, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Awarded SEK 18.4 Million in 2017.

Elucidating the principles of allelic expression and regulation using single-cell genomics

Patrik Ernfors, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics. Awarded SEK 17.2 Million in 2016.

Decomposition of pain into cell types

Sten Eirik Jacobsen, Department of Medicine, Huddinge. Awarded SEK 45.2 Million in 2016.

Characterization, Surveillance and Targeting of Cancer Stem Cells

Nils-Göran Larsson, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics. Awarded SEK 47 Million in 2016.

Regulation of mammalian mtDNA gene expression

Katja Petzold, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics. Awarded SEK 33.5 Million in 2016

MicroRNA control of neural development: Dissecting biological function with atomic resolution

Elias Arnér, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics. Awarded SEK 43.7 Million in 2015.

Cancer redox-targeting redox pathways for improved cancer therapy

Olli Kallioniemi, Karolinska Institutet. Awarded SEK 46 Million in 2015.

Systems precision medicine platform to optimize therapies for cancer patients: AML and beyond

Juha Kere, Department of Medical Biosciences and Nutrition. Awarded SEK 17 Million in 2015.

Molecular mechanisms of early development

Sten Linnarsson, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics. Awarded SEK 26.8 Million in 2015.

Cis-regulatory logic of the mouse brain trancriptome

Jonas Bergh, Department of Oncology-Pathology. Awarded SEK 39.6 Million in 2014.

Novel strategies for optimizing drug target engagement for improved breast cancer therapies

Thomas Helleday, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics. Awarded SEK 14.2 Million in 2012. Awarded prolongated funding of SEK 21.3 million in 2014.

A common Achilles heal for cancer?

Thomas Perlmann, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Awarded SEK 40.4 Million in 2013.

Cell identity loss a cause of Parkinson's disease

Jussi Taipale, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition. Awarded SEK 38.9 Million in 2013.

Growth Control and Cancer

Lars-Gunnar Larsson, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Awarded SEK 33.6 Million in 2013.

Permanently stopped cell division may pave the way for new cancer therapy

Anna Wedell, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery. Awarded SEK 26.4 Million in 2013.

Hope for a new treatment against brain disorders

Kenneth R. Chien, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology and the Department of Medicine, Huddinge. Awarded SEK 24.7 Million in 2013.

Producing the blue prints for the heart

Bo Angelin, Department of Medicine, Huddinge. Awarded SEK 10.8 Million in 2013. Awarded prolongated funding of SEK16.2 million in 2015.

Genetic genealogy saves lives

Björn Andersson, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Awarded SEK 22.3 Million in 2012.

The body conceals an unknown jungle of microbes

Karl Tryggvason, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics. Awarded SEK 16.7 Million in 2012.

Diabetes - a genetic mystery behind damaged kidneys

Karl Ekwall, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition. Awarded SEK 41.9 Million in 2011.

Epigenetics provides hope for more effective treatment of acute leukemia

Birgitta Henriques Normark, Department och Microbiology, Cell and Tumour Biology. Awarded SEK 25.8 Million in 2011.

She wants to defuse pneumococcal bacteria

Tomas Olsson, Department of Clinical Neurosciences. Awarded 57.2 Million SEK in 2011.

They hope to dispel the mysteries surrounding MS and rheumatoid arthritis

Wallenberg Clinical Scholars

The Wallenberg Clinical Scholars programme strengthens Swedish clinical research by means of identifying the best clinical researchers, providing them with good conditions to undertake their work, and facilitate the impact of research results in the scientific and healthcare communities. Each researcher obtains SEK 15 million for a period of five years, with possibility of extension for another five years.

Researcher Project

Eva Hellström-Lindberg, Department of Medicine, Huddinge. Awarded in 2018.

Genetic change associated with a better disease prognosis of MDS blood cancer

Miia Kivipelto, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society. Awarded in 2016.

Treatments to preserve memory

Per Svenningsson, Department of Clinical Neuroscience. Awarded in 2016.

Wants to slow the progress of Parkinson’s disease

Anna Wedell, Department of Molecular Medicins and Surgery. Awarded in 2015.

Hopes for new treatment of congenital brain disorders

Wallenberg Scholars

The Wallenberg Scholars programme supports and stimulates some of the most successful reserachers at Swedish universities. In 2012 two researchers at KI were awarded SEK 15 million each to be divided over a period of five years:

Researcher Project

Per-Olof Berggren, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery. Awarded in 2012.

How our nerves regulate insulin secretion

Carlos Ibáñez, Department of Neuroscience. Awarded in 2012.

Nerve cells and metabolism is regulated by growth factors

Johan Ericson, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Awarded in 2011.

Stem-cell research to fight Parkinson’s and depression

Patrik Ernfors, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics. Awarded in 2010 and a second time in 2016.

Basic research for self-healing brains

Jonas Frisén, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Awarded in 2009.

Great age variation in human cells

Wallenberg Academy Fellows

Wallenberg Academy Fellows is the largest private initiative to support young researchers in Sweden. It is a new career programme aimed at promising researchers in all disciplines. The programme provides long-term funding and enables the best researchers to focus on their research and it contributes to the internationalization of the Swedish research environment. Young researchers are awarded SEK 5 to 9 million to be divided over a period of five years.

Researcher Project

Emanuela Santini, Department of Neuroscience. Awarded in 2017.

Repetitive behaviours in autism

Carmen Gerlach, Department of Medicine, Solna. Awarded in 2017.

More effective vaccines and therapies against cancer

Joanna Rorbach, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics. Awarded in 2017.

Mitochondrial ribosomes to be mapped in atomic detail

Laura Baranello, Deaprtment of Cell and Molecular Biology. Awarded in 2016.

Developing gentler cancer treatments

Olaf Bergmann, Deaprtment of Cell and Molecular Biology. Awarded in 2016.

A damaged heart will be helped to heal

Niklas Björkström, Department of Medicine, Huddinge. Awarded in 2016.

The liver’s natural killer cells – how do they work?

Claudia Kutter, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology. Awarded in 2016.

How does liver cancer develop?

Fredrik Lanner, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology. Awarded in 2016.

Stem cell treatment for common eye disease

Sidinh Luc, Department of Medicine, Huddinge. Awarded in 2016.

How do cells form in our blood?

Vicente Pelechano García, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology. Awarded in 2016.

Why can genetically identical cells function differently?

Petter Woll, Department of Medicine, Huddinge. Awarded in 2015.

Wants to find the cause of a dangerous form of blood cancer

Yenan Bryceson, Department of Medicine, Huddinge. Awarded in 2014.

New ways of diagnosing rare diseases

Björn Högberg, Department of Neuroscience. Awarded in 2014.

Molecule design with DNA origami

Pekka Katajisto, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition. Awarded in 2014.

Aging better with healthy stem cells

Edmund Loh, Department of Microbiology, Tumour and Cell Biology. Awarded in 2014.

Finding out why harmless nasal bacteria attack the brain

Jenny Mjösberg, Department of Medicine, Huddinge. Awarded in 2014.

Studying the importance of new immune cells in gastrointestinal disease

Robert Månsson, Department of Laboratory Medicine. Awarded in 2014.

A better understanding of why blood cancer occurs

Peder Olofsson, Department of Medicine, Solna. Awarded in 2014.

Nerves makes drugs

Andreas Olsson, Department of Clinical Neuroscience. Awarded in 2014.

Where does a fear of the unknown originate?

Eduardo Villablanca, Department of Medicine, Solna. Awarded in 2014.

Explores mechanisms behind chronic bowel disease

Christian Göritz, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. Awarded in 2013.

Scarring prevents nerve repair

François Lallemend, Department of Neuroscience. Awarded in 2013.

Dream project on peripheral nerve cells

Ola Larsson, Department of Oncology-Pathology. Awarded in 2013.

Mapping cell protein production to find a cure for cancer

Gilad Silberberg, Department of Neuroscience. Awarded in 2012.

More about the project.

Marie Carlén, Department of Neuroscience. Awarded in 2012.

More about the project. Video: Marie Carlén, about mental disorders

Camilla Svensson, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. Awarded in 2012.

Searching for the source of chronic pain

Johan Lundström, Department of Clinical Neuroscience. Awarded in 2012.

A comprehensive approach to our senses. Video: Johan Lundström, psychological smell research

The Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

The  Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation (MMW) foundation supports research primarily in clinical medicine, law and social sciences.

Project grant 2016: Ingemar Kåreholt – Psychosocial working conditions and late-life physical functioning: What role does gender, socioeconomic position, work-life balance, and coping mechanisms play? Granted funding of SEK 4.13 million over a period of three years. 

Wallenberg Clinical Fellows

With this three year programme, the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation aim to stimulate research conducted by young physicians, and to identify tomorrow’s clinical research leaders of Sweden. The grants includes funding of a research position up to 80 percent of a fulltime employment, and the funding of direct costs for research up to SEK 700.000 per year.

Researcher/year Project/research area

Petter Brodin, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health. Awarded in 2017.

Environmental factors, such as virus, bacteria and foods, in the formation of the immune system in newborns.

Carl Sellgren Majkowitz, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. Awarded in 2017.

Cellular models to find better treatments for schizophrenia and bipolar disease.

Sara Gredmark Russ, Center for Infectious Medicine. Awarded in 2016.

Immune activity in tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) – improved diagnostics, treatment and strategies for vaccination.

Magnus Bäck, Department of Medicine, Solna. Awarded in 2015. Atherosclerosis and aortic stenosis – a translational study focusing on inflammation and its dissolution.
Mattias Carlsten, Department of Medicine, Huddinge. Awarded in 2015. Genetic reprogramming of NK cells to improve the effect of antibody treatment in lymphoma.

Anca Catrina, Department of Medicine. Solna. Awarded in 2015.

Mapping of the connection between disease-specific antibodies and tissue structures in rheumatoid arthritis.

Liv Eidsmo, Department of Medicine, Solna. Awarded in 2015.

T-cell based immunological scars of the skin due to recurrent eczema and psoriasis - new approaches for future treatment.

Anna Lindstrand, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery. Awarded in 2014.

Balanced chromosomal deviations and learning problems, a shortcut to new genes.

Ola Nilsson, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health. Awarded in 2014.

Identification of new genetic mechanisms for unexplained short-growth.

Jaakko Patrakka, Department of Laboratory Medicine. Awarded in 2014.

Validation of novel podocyte associated GCPRs as therapeutic targets in diabetic kidney disease.

Predrag Petrovic, Department of Clinical Neuroscience. Awarded in 2014.

Cognitive neuropsychiatry and processes of expectancy.

Jonas Axelsson, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology. Awarded in 2013.

Therapeutic implications of impaired LRP2 endocytosis in the proximal renal tubules in patients with reduced renal function.

Jon Lampa, Department of Medicine, Solna. Awarded in 2013.

Specific neuro-immune pathways and impact on rheumatic disease.

Jonas Mattsson, Department of Oncology-Pathology. Awarded in 2013.

Treatment of life-threatening infection complications in patients following allogeneic stem-cell transplantation and treatment of leukemia recurrence.

Johanna Ungerstedt, Department of Medicine, Huddinge. Awarded in 2013.

The role of redox regulation and epigenetics in normal hematopoiesis and in the pathogenesis of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).

Svetlana Lajic, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health. Awarded in 2012.

Prenatal treatment of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH).

Ulrika Ådén, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health. Awarded in 2011.

Brain damage in new-borns.

Anna Färnert, Department of Medicine, Solna. Awarded in 2010.

Infectious disease

The Amalia and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

The foundation supports research projects of high scientific potential, especially in social sciences and humanities, as well as projects in learning and information technologies and projects for children and youth activities.

Project grant 2015: Sven Bölte – Inclusion and quality of life through social skills training in schools for children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and their peers; from clinical to community settings. Granted funding of SEK 1 million. 

Project grant 2014: Clara Hellner Gumpert – Early interventions among young people at risk; Internet-based treatment of non-suicidal self-injury. Granted funding of SEK 1.2 million.

Project grant 2013: Torkel Klingberg – Digital cognitive and mathematical intervention; the DIKOM project. Granted funding of SEK 6 million över a period of five years.

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