Published: 27-09-2017 10:46 | Updated: 09-12-2021 17:32

Mats Wahlgren and Ulf Ribacke receive Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation Grant

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) have granted close to SEK 108 million to four research projects at Karolinska Institutet. In total this year, the Foundation has granted SEK 560 million to 18 research projects, which are considered to be of the highest international class, and offering potential for future scientific breakthroughs.

“Project funding is mainly granted to basic research within medicine, engineering and natural sciences. This support give researchers the opportunity to invest in risky and long-term projects. The basic idea is to give them the freedom to succeed and fail without any demands on results or applications, "comments KAW's Chairperson Peter Wallenberg Jr, in a press release.

KAW is the largest private research financier in Sweden, celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2017. The Foundation applies a strict peer review process, assigning leading international researchers in each area to evaluate the grant applications

Grant details

Project: Understanding malaria-parasite survival in the human body for developing antimalarial drugs

Funding: SEK 27 500 000 over a period of five years

Lead applicants: Mats Wahlgren, Professor, & Ulf Ribacke, Senior Researcher, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology