Application instructions

On this page you can read our instructions on how to submit an application for funding.
Detailed information about which types of applications Ekhagastiftelsen can give funding to can be found on the webpage Purpose of the foundation. We recommend to read this page first!

New application system 2024
Ekhagastiftelsen is now using a new web-based application system. All applications submitted after April 1 2024 have to use the new system.

Applications that have been submitted by e-mail up until April 1 2024 do not have to be resubmitted in the new system!

An application to Ekhagastiftelsen is submitted through our web-based application system.

Application deadline is May 20 every year. The application system opens for applications April 1 and closes at midnight the night between May 20 and 21. It is possible to send in multiple applications during the same application round.

The application can be made in Swedish or English. 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.

An application to Ekhagastiftelsen consists of:
» General information about the application
» Project description (uploaded through the application system)

General information about the application

In the application system you enter the general information about the project you are seeking funds for.

A part of the general information is a summary description of the project. It is important to write this in a popular scientific way (lay summary) so detailed knowledge is not needed in order to understand the application. It is also important to describe in which ways the project contributes to public health, why the application is relevant for Ekhagastiftelsen and how it matches our prioritized research areas. For example, how does the project contribute to improving the self-healing capabilities?

Instructions for the application system can be in the document Guide to Apply.

Project description

A project description is uploaded as an attachment to the application in the application system. The project description has to be a PDF-file.

There is no form or template for this document. The following aspects should be described in the project description:
» What problem or which question is to be solved/answered? Which idea or vision is to be tested or further developed?
» What is the hypothesis?
» Goal or purpose/aim
» How it the project relevant with respect to the aims of the foundation?
» Present situation, current international knowledge/research (including references) and conclusions.
» Material and methods
» Expected results and their importance/significance. How are the results to be evaluated? How will the project be documented and disseminated?
» Time plan
» Budget and information about financing from other organizations.

At the end of the project description the qualifications and references of the applicant and co-applicants should be stated, especially within the area that the foundation supports. This is often done through a CV

The project description including any appendices and supplements has to be sent as one (1) PDF-file.If the project description is sent in any other data format or as more than one file the application will be returned.

Description of relevance

The project description must include a section that describes why the application is relevant for Ekhagastiftelsen, how it matches our prioritized research areas and in which ways the project contributes to public health.


Information about our budget requirements can be found on the page Budget.

Please also note our rules regarding when grants can be paid out. In most cases the grant will be split up in several payment and it is always so that 20 % of the grant can only be paid out after the final report has been submitted and approved by the foundation. More information is available on the page Requesting funds.

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.

Financing from other organizations

Ekhagastiftelsen can award grants to projects where the foundation is one of several funders. Usually the foundation does not support projects where our contribution would only be a small part of the total budget.

In the application form the applicant has to state information regarding grant received or applied for at other organizations.
In the project description the applicant has to further elaborate this and for example answer some of the following issues and questions:
raquo; How is a project/subproject interrelated when funds are applied for at Ekhagastiftelsen and other organizations for the same research area? What is Ekhagastiftelsens role/part of a larger funding?
» What happens with the project if requested funds are not granted by Ekhagastiftelsen or other funders? Does the project need to receive financing from all funders in order to be carried out?
» If grants are applied for at both Ekhagastiftelsen and other organizations and all applications are approved, can the funders contributions be reduced as the project has received more funding than needed to carry out the project?
» When the project is already ongoing, for what/which parts is it that funds are sought?
» What other funds have already been received and what have they been used for?
» If Ekhagastiftelsen is only funding an early part of the project (for example: funds asked for are for data collection, but analysis is carried out later and funded by other organization) - which type of reporting is possible for the part of the project funded by Ekhagastiftelsen? When will the total project be finished and Ekhagastiftelsen able to receive information about the very final report?
» To write that you are glad for and can make use of any amount received is not a relevant answer, but something we have actually heard from applicants.

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. Under the menu selection Research/Grants choose the All years tab for a list of the amounts that have been granted to specific projects in the past.

If it is evaluated that the project can manage with a reduced budget, it can be that such an amount is awarded. If a grant recipient receives funding from other funders for the same project Ekhagastiftelsens grant can be reduced.

Year Granted applications Total granted funds Received applications
2023 20 SEK 21 010 000 148
2022 20 SEK 21 860 000 170
2021 18 SEK 20 305 000 155
2020 14 SEK 12 230 000 129
2019 17 SEK 15 810 000 91
2018 15 SEK 12 825 000 95
2017 15 SEK 12 345 000 99
2016 15 SEK 12 460 000 88

Payment of funds

Ekhagastiftelsen will split up the payment of the grant in several payments according to the time plan of the project. Information on how awarded funds are paid out can be found on the page Requesting funds.

Evaluation of applications

Applications are evaluated and prioritized by our scientific advisory council. Based upon the council's recommendations, the board takes decisions on awards of funds at its meeting in the fall (usually September-October).

Evalutation criteria are:
» The relevance of the project idea with respect to the aims of the foundation.
» The framing of question for the project
» The scientific quality of method and execution, including the applicants competence for the project and the time plan and budget presented.

When evaluating the applications, the United Nations' sustainability goals are also taken into account. Projects that are to receive grants must not be in conflict with the UN's sustainability goals.

Assessment of relevance

The most important evaluation criteria is the relevance of the application with respect to the aims of the foundation. For detailed information about Ekhagastiftelsens aim and prioritized research areas see the page Purpose of the foundation.

Here we want to make some clarifications regarding relevance.
» Research in animal husbandry is generally not prioritized. However, grants can be awarded if it can be assumed that there is a connection between animal husbandry and the health quality of food.
» Research regarding the environment is of lower relevance for the foundation. Support can be relevant to the extent as this has a positive effect on the capacity of the agricultural system (organic matter and biodiversity) in the long run to deliver ecosystem services that can reduce the need for chemical pesticides and fertilizers as well as securing the quality of agricultural products.
» Regarding the medical field, it should be mentioned that the founder Gösta Videgård repeatedly expressed a certain distrust of mainstream medicine. What he reacted against was particularly the use of drugs and medicines containing such agents which in his opinion could not be considered natural.
» Gösta Videgård was opposed to artificial substances and poisons of all kinds.

Clinical animal testing

Ekhagastiftelsen has a restrictive attitude towards scientific research where clinical animal testing is used. This does not mean that such research can not be funded by Ekhagastiftelsen, but such research must have high relevance with respect to the aims of the foundation and not be able to carried out without animal testing.

Increase your chances

Many applications are rejected due to simple mistakes. Remember the following when compiling your application:
» The budget consists only of direct project related costs. Unspecified overhead-costs are not acceptable. See Budget instructions for more information.
» The relevance of the project with respect to the aims of the foundation is clearly described both in the summary description and in the project description.
» The amount applied for is reasonable considering Ekhagastiftelsens funds available for grants. See more information under heading Amount that can be applied for in the application instructions.
» The budget summary in the general information is stated in SEK (Swedish Krona). It is OK to do the budget in the project description in other currency provided that a budget summary in the project description is made in SEK.
» Project start is planned for a date after the results have been announced (results normally announced in October).

P. O. Box 34 012, SE-100 26 Stockholm, Sweden

+46 70 240 81 81