Nearly two dozen researchers will each receive 18 million Swedish kronor (€1.7m) from the Wallenberg Foundation as a five-year grant to be spent freely on any project they want.
According to Peter Wallenberg Jr, chairman of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the researchers’ own curiosity, expertise and knowledge should determine the nature of the projects funded. “Free research is exactly what it says it is,” he said in a statement on 25 March.
Wallenberg Scholars is a programme to support and encourage some of the most promising and successful researchers at Swedish universities. This year, 22 researchers took home such a scholarship, and the foundation paid out a total of kr396m.