Göran Gustafsson (1919 – 2003) was born in the far north of Sweden, in a small village 50 kilometers outside of Gällivare. He became a successful businessman, notably in real estate.
The sale of buildings created an economic basis for Göran Gustafsson’s donations to two foundations that promote basic scientific research in the fields of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and medicine. Through these donations, Göran’s vision was to provide Swedish researchers with the prerequisite conditions for competing with the best researchers in the world. The two foundations support active researchers.
In 1986 Göran Gustafsson created a foundation to support basic research in the field of medicine at Uppsala University and in the field of engineering physics at both the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Uppsala University. The Göran Gustafsson Foundation for Research at Uppsala University and KTH started with a donation of 136 million Swedish crowns and currently awards over 12 million crowns in grants annually.
In 1989 The Göran Gustafsson Foundation for Research in Natural Sciences and Medicine was established, with a donation of 270 million Swedish crowns. Today the foundation makes awards of approximately 24 million crowns annually. The primary objective of this foundation is to promote basic science in molecular biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and medicine.
Further information about both foundations (application processes, boards of directors, etc.) is available in Swedish via the menu above.
Both foundations are administered by G-Förvaltning AB, which is owned by Göran Gustafsson’s heirs.