14 Jun 2024

Proof of Concept call in Materials Science for Sustainability

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation’s Proof of Concept project call in materials science for sustainability opens on September 2, 2024.

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation’s Proof of Concept project call in materials science for sustainability opens on September 2, 2024. Between 1 and 4 million SEK will be granted for innovation-targeting research projects, financed by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

The aim of the call is to is to bridge the gap between academic research and innovations in materials science for sustainability.

– ­We are very excited to be part of this call for research projects. The support of the
Proof of Concept grant, promotes research ideas for innovations and commercialization in the area of materials science for sustainability, says Magnus Berggren, director of WISE.

A webinar will be arranged in connection with opening of the call. More detailed information will be communicated soon.

Scientists that are eligible to apply for this grant must be employed at a Swedish University and have or have had grants from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) under the following instruments:

  • Wallenberg Academy Fellows
  • Wallenberg Scholars
  • Wallenberg Clinical Scholars
  • PI and Co PIs in KAW projects

Or are grant holders in KAW’s strategic initiatives:

  • Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability (WISE)
  • Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC)
  • Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP)
  • Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (WACQT)

KAW and WISE strive for excellence in research, and are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Thus, applications are encouraged from all eligible individuals who wish to further translate their research findings into society.

Last application date is October 11, 2024, at 13.00.

First review decisions are sent out to applicants by the end of December 2024.

Please visit the call page to get access to more detailed information here .
The application portal will be available when the call opens September 2, 2024.


For further information please contact,

WISE Program Office, info@wise-materials.org

About Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

Knut and Alice Wallenberg’s Foundation was founded in 1917 and is one of the largest private funders of scientific research in Europe. The Foundation supports long-term, free basic research beneficial to Sweden, mainly in medicine, technology, and the natural sciences. This is achieved through long-term grants to excellent researchers and to projects. The Foundation can also initiate grants to strategic projects.

Since its founding, the Foundation has allocated just over SEK 37 billion. In 2023, the annual grants for excellent basic research and education in Sweden totaled nearly SEK 2.2 billion.

About WISE

WISE (The Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability) is the largest investment in materials science ever in Sweden and includes major investments at the leading universities in Sweden over 10 years. The vision is a sustainable future through materials science.

The program is a collaboration between Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal University of Technology Linköping University, Luleå University of Technology, Uppsala University, Stockholm University, Lund University, as well as with selected research groups at Karlstad University, Umeå University and Örebro University.

Through collaborations with industry and society, WISE will promote and activate a transition towards a sustainable society and at the same time advance the scientific frontier in materials science, which establishes Sweden as a leading nation in the field.

WISE is financed by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the total budget for the WISE program is close to SEK 3 billion during 2022–2033.