Ekhagastiftelsen (Ekhaga foundation) support scientific research in organic agriculture as well as complementary and biological medicine
Ekhagastiftelsen (Ekhaga foundation) was founded by Gösta Videgård as early as 1944.
We are the largest foundation in Sweden supporting scientific research within our focus areas. Every year we award between 20 and 25 million Swedish krona to different projects in agriculture and medicine.
Ekhagastiftelsen has been of great importance for research and development in organic farming and biological medicine. A central idea is to focus more on preventive active care than reactive care to combat symptoms.
In accordance with Gösta Videgårds wishes and interests the foundation supports certain specific research areas:
1. Better and healthier food
2. Nutrition and way of life
3. Complementary medicine and natural medicines
Application deadline is May 20th every year, which is the day we must have received the application (including the form sent by regular mail if you are in Sweden – postmarked date is not valid). If May 20th is a Saturday or Sunday the application must be received on Friday. For the email message you have until 23:59 on May 20 to send the message.
NOTE! Messenger or courier services can not deliver to Post Office Boxes. If you want to deliver the application personally or by courier, please contact us by e-mail or by telephone (+46 70 240 81 81) at least one week before the deadline so we can give you a current delivery address.
The application can be made in Swedish or English, but it is probably a slight advantage to write in Swedish (if possible) as most people on our scientific advisory council have Swedish as their mother tongue.
Which applications can receive grants?
The main focus should be on scientific research and primarily applied research. Basic research in areas such as for example molecular biology and genetic research can be supported if it clarifies causal relationships that can be considered to be of direct value for further research related to foundation’s purpose.
In addition to funding scientific research, the foundation can, to a lesser extent, grant funding for projects designed to have research findings put into practice, for example, training activities, documentation projects, book projects or conferences. It is also possible to apply for grants for meetings of scientists with the goal of creating larger cooperations. These applications must contribute to a development in line with the foundation’s purpose.
The foundation also welcomes applications for planning grants. These can be for organizing seminars / workshops on the issue that the applicant wants to study, in order to get a better basis for a definite application (which can also be directed to other funding bodies) and as part of a dialogue between scientists and the scientific advisory council.
Ekhagastiftelsen wishes primarily to support strategic and innovative projects of a pilot nature, as well as research that is highly newsworthy and that not just confirms previous findings. The foundation also supports participatory research projects, in which, for example, farmers and scientists work together to identify research questions and methods, and jointly evaluate the results.
It is possible to apply for scholarships, but this is usually only granted for research-related projects. The foundation does not sponsor basic education at university level.
Ekhagastiftelsen does not support aid projects where, for example, the project plans to develop societal functions or conduct training.
Who can apply
Ekhagastiftelsen does not have any restrictions regarding from which country an application can come. We accept applications from all over the world.
For applications that do not come from Europe, Canada or the USA we strongly recommend that your project has a reserach cooperation with a swedish institution where the partner is involved in the research project. Please be sure to describe the details of the cooperation. Note! This is a recommendation and not mandatory! By Europe we mean the european continent, not the European Union.
For applications from european countries we do not have any formal requirements that applications can only come from institutions (universities, colleges, research institutions, etc.). Applications from other countries have to have an organization or institution as managing body of the grant. We accept applications from anybody (even private individuals) but please note our requirements when it comes to project design, implementation and evaluation.
It is possible to apply for scholarships, but these are normally only granted for research related projects. We do not sponsor basic education at university level.
An application to Ekhagastiftelsen must consist of three documents:
1. Application form
2. Application data sheet
3. Project description
All three documents have to be sent together in an e-mail message to email@example.com.
For applications from Sweden: A printed and signed application form has to be sent by regular mail to Ekhagastiftelsen, Box 34 012, SE-100 26 Stockholm, Sweden.
For applications from outside Sweden: A printed and signed application form has to be sent as a scanned PDF-file (fourth document) by e-mail together with the other three documents.
Applications from outside Europe
Since 2019 it is no longer mandatory for applications that do not come from Europe to have a cooperation with a swedish institution. However we strongly recommend that you have a reserach cooperation with a swedish institution where the partner is involved in the research project. Please be sure to describe the details of the cooperation.
Amounts that can be applied for:
There is no maximum amount that an application should not exceed. Please note that in the last years the total amount awarded has been in the range 10-20 million SEK. Usually between 10 and 20 projects receive funding each year.
If you have any queries about your application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
-30/11/2023: Apertura del concurso.
-12/12/2023: Difusión del concurso desde la VRIDT.
-10/04/2024: Fecha límite para informar a la Dirección de Investigación, sobre la participación en el concurso, completando el Formulario de Iniciativa de Proyectos (FIP) a través del sistema SIVRIDT.
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-30/04/2024: Fecha límite para enviar el Formulario de Autorización de Proyectos (FAP) a través del sistema SIVRIDT.
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-10/05/2024: Fecha límite para enviar los documentos de avances del proyecto a través del sistema SIVRIDT (Carta de recomendación que debe firmar el Director/la Directora de la Unidad, otro).
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-15/05/2024: Plazo máximo de la VRIDT, para solicitar mejoras o ajustes a los proyectos.
–20/05/2024: Plazo máximo para postular a través de la plataforma de postulación.
-10/06/2024: Plazo máximo para respaldar (subir) los documentos postulados del concurso en el sistema SIVRIDT.
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Link Concurso: https://www.ekhagastiftelsen.se/eng/instruktioner.shtml
Correo de contacto: If you have any queries about your application, please contact