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First WISE PhD and Postdoc projects approved

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193 applications were submitted in the first PhD and postdoc project call from which 90 projects have been granted funding. The projects are awarded in total 260 million Swedish Crowns by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) for a period of up to four years. Awarded projects are distributed broadly across seven universities.

“The granted projects are of very high quality and relevance for sustainability and are carried out by prominent researchers in each project's research area,” says Magnus Berggren, WISE Program Director. 

The research projects are distributed across the entire spectrum of WISE's research and thematic areas. The gender distribution of funded applicants was 31 percent for women and 69 percent for men, while the distribution for success rates for granted applicants is 54 percent for women and 44 percent for men. Furthermore, 61 percent of the researchers granted funding have an academic age of less than 20 years, i.e., received PhD degree more recent than 20 years ago. 
 
“The high success rate of female applicants stands out in comparison to other funding organizations and shows high competence of Sweden’s female researchers in this important and exciting field,” says Olle Eriksson, vice Director of the WISE Program.

“Further, the regrowth of young investigators in the area is exceptional, which is crucial for reaching a sustainable society,” says Magnus Berggren.

The universities with awarded projects are Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University, Luleå University of Technology, Stockholm University, and Uppsala University, as well as selected groups at Umeå University and Karlstad University.

The entire list of projects that receive funding
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