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Management rules for nominations to Wallenberg Clinical Scholars 2019/2020


Wallenberg Clinical Scholars is part of the total investment of SEK 1.7 billion over a ten-year period by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW), to strengthen medical research and life sciences. The aim of the programme, which started in 2015, is to support and encourage some of the most successful clinical researchers at Swedish universities and university hospitals. KAW intends to finance up to five research clinics with SEK 3 million/year for at least five years. The clinics are then free to distribute the funds as they see fit.

The foundation’s intention with the programme is to enable the selected researchers to work with a higher level of ambition, and under a reduced burden of applying for external research grants, to allow them to achieve even greater international impact for their research, as well as the opportunity to invest in bolder and more long-term projects. KAW’s main aim is to promote scientific research and education, or studies that benefit Sweden at large.

The call for applications for 2018/2019 is now open, and Lund University is invited to nominate 4 candidates in total. 

KAW’s guidelines for Wallenberg Clinical Scholars:

  • The nominated candidate must be employed and active in clinical work (at least 30% of a full-time post). This also includes clinical chemistry, physiology, pathology, genetics etc.
  • At the time of nomination, the candidate must be undergoing, or have competed, medical specialisation training (ST-utbildning) within the clinical subject.
  • A Wallenberg Clinical Scholars grant may not be combined with the Swedish Research Council’s Grant for Distinguished Professors.
  • Within the scope the research strategy adopted by the University and the relevant healthcare provider, the University’s nominees may be of varying seniority. Candidates who, during the five-year period of the grant, will reach upper retirement age (67) will not be eligible for the grant unless there are special circumstances.
  • The minimum eligibility requirement, in addition to research potential, is that the candidate has an independent position, manages their own research team and has a considerable number of research publications of the highest international standard.
  • After 5 years, the University will be invited to nominate its research candidates to compete for another 5 years of funding at the same level. A maximum of 15 initially approved applications will be awarded an extension.
  • KAW’s project funding policy will apply to any overhead costs.
  • KAW assumes that existing funding from the University and healthcare provider will remain during the grant period for the researchers awarded a Wallenberg Scholars grant.
  • The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is responsible for the scientific evaluation of the applications. The qualifications of the nominated candidates will be reviewed by international experts with extensive and broad research expertise.

More information about the nomination process 

If you have questions about the internal nomination and application procedure, please contact policy officer Birgitta Larsson,, +46 (0)46 222 0831, at the Faculty of Medicine.


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