The decision has been recently taken by the board of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and means that the programme, which started in 2014, will continue until 2029 with a total budget of SEK 5.5 billion. The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) will provide SEK 4.2 billion, and the remainder will be provided, as previously, mainly from the five partner universities and industry.
The five partner universities in the WASP programme are Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University and Umeå University.
The decision has been announced at the same time as a new mandate period for the WASP board commences, and Sara Mazur takes over the chair. Anders Ynnerman, who has been appointed as programme director from 1 July 2020, will work with Sara Mazur and review the long-term investments and initiatives to which the new capital can contribute.
“We will continue to work towards our vision of strengthening Sweden’s expertise within AI, autonomous systems and software. One way we can do this is by continuing to recruit both junior and senior researchers to Sweden. We have so far managed to attract 15 professors and 12 associate senior lecturers, with more in the pipeline. There is considerable interest in coming to Sweden to carry out research here”, says Anders Ynnerman.
“The new financing and the extra years make it possible to continue to develop the research arenas in WASP. These are important environments for collaboration between the universities and Swedish industry in general, and will help to ensure that Sweden gains long-term benefit from the investment in research and education”, says Sara Mazur.