Excellent research

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg within many disciplines contribute to the solution of societal problems. In order to provide our researchers with the best possible conditions and to support excellent science, one important goal is to increase our international research funding.

The University of Gothenburg’s Vice-Chancellor provides co-financing for the researchers who receive funding from the following particularly strategic research programmes: ERC, Wallenberg Academy Fellows, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Project, Wallenberg Scholars, the RJ programme and Pro Futura.

European Research Council - ERC

The European Research Council (ERC), which is part of the EU's research and innovation program, promotes high-quality, researcher-driven research across all scientific disciplines through comprehensive and long-term funding. ERC supports cutting-edge research, multidisciplinary projects, and groundbreaking ideas in new and emerging fields.

ERC-2023 Consolidator Grant

The ERC Consolidator Grant targets researchers who are 7–12 years post-PhD and have recently established a research group, aiming to strengthen their role as research leaders. The grant amount is up to 2 million euros over five years.

Professor Karl Börjesson from the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology has been selected as the recipient of a new European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant. The grant of 2 million euros will be used for research on the strong coupling between light and matter, which is a quantum mechanical phenomenon.

ERC-2023 Synergy Grants (SYG)

The purpose of the ERC Synergy Grant is to bring together researchers with different expertise from various institutions to work on highly complex problems that no single researcher or institution can solve alone.

Sebastiaan Swart, a professor of oceanography at the Department of Marine Sciences, has led the research project "WHIRLS," which receives 140 million kronor from the European Research Council ERC, with the University of Gothenburg receiving a total of approximately 50 million kronor. The project aims to investigate the significance of the small-scale ocean currents off the coast of South Africa on Earth's climate and ecosystem.

ERC Starting Grant (2023)

Individual grants for young promising researchers, 2–7 years post-PhD, with groundbreaking research ideas and strong potential to become future research leaders.

Aksel Sundström, an associate professor in political science, receives just over 15 million kronor to investigate whether the consequences of natural disasters in African countries affect people's attitudes towards female politicians, as well as whether disasters impact the representation of women in politics.

ERC Advanced Grant Horizon Europe (2021–2027)

The grant is up to 2.5 million euros (28 million kronor) over five years and is aimed at established researchers with significant research contributions over the past ten years.

Claes Ohlsson, professor of medicine, has been awarded the ERC Advanced Grant for the research project HeMAFA - Healthy Microbiota Avoiding Fractures during Ageing.

Riksbankens jubileumsfond

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond supports research in the humanities and social sciences. The aim is to enable Swedish research within the foundation's scope to achieve a prominent position internationally. This research program is aimed at a group of qualified researchers affiliated with Sweden, focusing on a common and well-coordinated research task over an extended period.

Wallenberg Clinical Scholar

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is investing almost SEK 600 million over a ten-year period in the Wallenberg Clinical Scholars programme. Here are the researchers at the University of Gothenburg who have so far received this investment.

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW)

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) has granted 640 million kronor in funding to 20 projects in medicine, natural sciences, and technology that are assessed to have the potential to lead to future scientific breakthroughs.

Pro Futura

Pro Futura is a postdoctoral advanced research program that provides exceptionally talented junior researchers with the opportunity to dedicate an extended period to free research. The program is a collaboration with the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, SCAS, one of Europe's foremost institutes for advanced studies.

As Pro Futura researchers, they receive five years of research time, three at the University of Gothenburg, one year at SCAS in Uppsala, and one year abroad at a leading institute.

Wallenberg Scholars

The Wallenberg Scholars programme supports some of the most successful senior researchers at Swedish universities. The grant runs for five years with an opportunity to extend it by another five years. There are currently 79 active Wallenberg Scholars, 7 of whom are based at the University of Gothenburg.