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Major funding bodies supporting our research


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The Knut and Alice Wallenberg 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 and scholarship programs. The Foundation has since its establishment in 1917 awarded SEK 24 billion in grants, of which SEK 1.7 billion yearly in recent years, to excellent basic research and education in Sweden. 




The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) combines the depth of a highly focused research institute with the breadth of a wide-ranging philanthropic organization. Since its establishment in 2005, NYSCF has invested over $150 million in stem cell research and continues to conduct the most advanced stem cell research internationally, both in its own laboratory in New York City, and also in collaboration with major medical research and leading academic institutions around the world. NYSCF supports the next generation of scientists around the world doing innovative high-risk/high-reward work that translates research into cures. The NYSCF Fellowship Program creates a community of 50 of today’s brightest young stem cell researchers, and the NYSCF Investigator Program supports an additional 35 of the most talented early career stem cell scientists and neuroscientists. In addition, NYSCF annually honors the most significant achievement in stem cell research by an early career scientist.

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The Swedish Research Council (VR) is the largest provider of public funds for Swedish basic research at Swedish higher education institutions and research institutes. The projects it supports are mainly initiated by the researchers themselves. The support is distributed by the Scientific Councils and the Committees for Educational Science and Research Infrastructures to research that is of the highest scientific quality and best promotes the renewal of research.


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The European Research Council (ERC) is the European Union funding body that implements the Specific FP7 Programme 'Ideas'. It is part of the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7). The Ideas Programme supports "investigator-driven" research carried out across all fields by individual national or transnational teams in competition at the European level. The ERC consists of an independent Scientific Council, responsible for scientific strategy, and an administrative arm, the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA). ERC Starting Grants aim to support the creation of excellent new research teams.

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Novel Strategies for Cell-based Neural Reconstruction (NSC-Reconstruct): Horizon2020, grant number 874758. The overall goal of the European project is to develop new regenerative approaches to combat brain damage inflicted by neurodegeneration or injury using new innovative technologies for the development of next generation cell-based therapies for neuronal replacement and circuitry repair.



The Parkinson Foundation (Parkinsonfonden) organizes and funds Parkinson's-related research initiatives. The Foundation is dedicated to support clinical research for understanding of the brain and how Parkinson’s disease affects it and for development of a cure for Parkinson's disease.The Research Foundation of the Swedish Parkinson’s Disease Association is under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Silvia.



The Brain Foundation (Hjärnfonden) awards scholarships and grants to researchers and research groups to enable or intensify important research. The Foundation also works to increase knowledge among the general public about the brain, its diseases, injuries and disabilities through information, lectures and seminars.  The Brain Foundation's Scientific Board guarantees that the researchers who receive grants or scholarships belong to the Swedish researcher elite. The Scientific Board consists of about twenty of the nation's most accomplished neuroscience experts.

We are also grateful for the support from the following foundations:

Svenska Sällskapet för Medicinsk Forskning (SSMF, Swedish Society for Medical Research)
Crafoordska Stiftelsen
Kungliga Fysiografiska Sällskapet
Greta och Johan Kocks Stiftelser
Harald Jeanssons Stiftelse/ Harald och Greta Jeanssons Stiftelse
Thorsten och Elsa Segerfalks Stiftelse