3.5 million to research leaders of the future at Mälardalen University

May 03, 2011 | Research/Cooperation

The Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen) is giving out over 7 million kronor to newly-qualified PhDs who are considered to have the potential to become the research leaders of the future. Despite the large number of applicants, Mälardalen University succeeded in receiving almost half of the research money, 3.5 million, and is thus the higher education institution receiving the largest share from the Foundation.

- We want to support recent PhDs with the potential to become future research leaders. We have assessed both their ambitions and their potential to carry out their projects, at the same time as the research in itself has to have an effect on the research front and solve both academic and industry-oriented problems, says Madelene Sandström, CEO of the Knowledge Foundation.

Emma Nehrenheim, who is researching at Mälardalen University into cultivating algae which both clean waste water and produce biogas, has been granted 1.4 million kronor for her project.

- It really means a lot now that I can carry out this research project in full scale. The goal is to build up a strong international research environment in which we have developed forms for cleaning water in a modern way, says Emma Nehrenheim.

As always, the Knowledge Foundation has made the requirement that industry contributes with an amount to the same value as the Knowledge Foundation’s financing.

- The requirement for co-production I think is absolutely brilliant. Mälardalen is a collaborative university college, and because of this the quality of research will be better by us contributing with different perspectives, says Emma Nehrenheim.

Shahina Begum, researcher at Mälardalen University, has also been awarded a grant: 2 million kronor for her research. With the aid of sensor signals which give feedback to the driver, she creates, together with Volvo Construction, a system which makes it possible to detect the driver’s physical condition. If the driver becomes tired or feels stressed, the system will warn the driver.

- The idea is that my research will be able to prevent traffic accidents, says Shahina Begum who, with the new grant from the Knowledge Foundation, is looking forward to being able to develop and apply her previous research experience in a completely new area.