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Research programmes financed by Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation

KTH is involved in five large national research programmes financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation.

Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program

The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) is a major national initiative for strategically motivated basic research, education, and faculty recruitment. It is by far the largest individual research programme in Sweden. The ambition of WASP is to advance Sweden into an internationally recognised and leading position in artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and software.

WASP is coordinated by Linköping University in collaboration with four partner universities: KTH, Chalmers University of Technology, Lund University, and Umeå University. In addition, there are affiliated research groups at Örebro University, Uppsala University and Luleå University of Technology that are also included in WASP.

Funding: SEK 4,9 billion SEK from 2015 to 2031, and, counting additional funds from industry and universities, a total of SEK 6,2 billion.

WASP's website

Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technology

WACQT is a national research programme that aims to take Swedish research and industry to the forefront of

 quantum technology. The main project is to develop a high-end quantum computer that can solve problems far beyond the reach of the best conventional supercomputers.

Chalmers coordinates the centre in collaboration with its partner universities: KTH and Lund University.

Funding: SEK 1,2 billion from 2018 to 2029, and, counting additional funds from industry and universities, a total of SEK 1,4 billion.

WACQT's website

Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability

Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability (WISE) is Sweden’s largest research programme in material science for a sustainable future.

Society needs to reduce its environmental and climate footprints from the materials used in day-to-day lives and industry to achieve its climate and environmental goals. This is the aim of the WISE research programme, which will create conditions for a sustainable society with new sustainable materials and manufacturing processes.

WISE's vision is to conduct materials science at the international forefront, empower sustainable technologies, and train future leaders in society, industry, and academia.

The universities participating in WISE are KTH, Uppsala University, Lund University, Chalmers University of Technology, Stockholm University, Luleå University of Technology and Linköping University, which is also hosting the program.

Funding: SEK 2.7 billion from 2022 to 2033.

WISE at KTH

WISE's website

Wallenberg National Program on Data-Driven Life Science 

The practice of life science is continuously becoming more data-dependent. The amount and complexity of data is growing exponentially, and more scientific discoveries are enabled when data is openly available to researchers worldwide.

That is the basis for the Wallenberg National Program on Data-Driven and Life Science (DDLS) and the SciLifeLab, which now sets out to recruit and train the next generation of life scientists to create strong and globally competitive computational and data science capabilities in Swedish life science.

DDLS is financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation with a total of 3.1 billion SEK (about 300Meuro, 350MUSD) over 12 years. The SciLifeLab, a national infrastructure for life science, coordinates this program in close collaboration with ten universities KTH, Chalmers University of Technology, University of Gothenburg, Karolinska Institutet, Linköping University, Lund University, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Stockholm University, Umeå University, and Uppsala University, along with the Swedish Museum of Natural History.

Funding: SEK 3,1 billion from 2019 to 2031.

DDL's (SciLifeLab's) website

Wallenberg Wood Science Center

Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC) is a research center focusing on new materials from trees. The center creates knowledge and builds competence that has the potential to form the basis for an innovative and sustainable future value creation from forest raw materials.

WWSC is a joint research center between KTH, Chalmers University of Technology, and Linköping University. The base is a donation from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The forest industry is supporting WWSC via the national platform Treesearch.

Funding: SEK 1 billion from 2009 to 2028. Since 2019, WWSC has additional funds of SEK 10 million from industry through the research centre Treesearch .

WWSC's website