About IFN


The Research Institute of Industrial Economics obtains its financing from a number of private foundations, organizations and corporations.



Research funding is provided by:



The trade association Almega contributes with financing of research on the service sector at the institute.


Carl Bennet AB

Carl Bennet AB's role is to support the subsidiaries and associated companies with knowledge and funding, thus enabling the continued development within their respective mandates. CBAB provides R&D to Swedish universities, colleges and institutions. We develop our businesses with long-term perspective.


Family Business Network

Family Business Network contributes as an impartial player with a holistic perspective and knowledge, based both in academia and decades of direct involvement in ownership processes in most Swedish companies.



Formas, the Swedish research council for sustainable development, promotes and supports research within the areas Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning. The research comprises basic research, need-driven research and innovation.


Forte (Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare)

The mission is to promote the accumulation of knowledge in matters relating to working life and the understanding of social conditions and processes. This is achieved through promotion and support of basic and applied research, identification of important research needs, dialogue, dissemination of information and transfer of knowledge, and promotion of cooperation between researchers both nationally and internationally, particularly in EU programmes.


Hakon Swenson Foundation

The Hakon Swenson Foundation was founded in the spring of 2007 with the aim of supporting research, education and entrepreneurship in the consumer and trade area. The founder of the foundation is the ICA Traders' Association, the national organization for Sweden's more than 1,500 active ICA traders.


IFAU (Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy)

IFAU – The Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy is a research institute under the Swedish Ministry of Employment, situated in Uppsala. IFAU’s objective is to promote, support and carry out scientific evaluations.


Länsförsäkringsbolagen Research Foundation

Länsförsäkringsbolagen Research Foundation is a foundation with its own board that was formed in 1994. The purpose, now as then, is to support research that can reduce and prevent damage to society. We support research that is close to people's everyday security, which is one of the parts of our involvement in the local community.


Nordic Capital Education Foundation

As a leading European private equity investor, Nordic Capital helps to grow stronger sustainable companies. With deep sector knowledge and long experience, we drive transformative growth.


NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe)

New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe (NORFACE) is a collaborative partnership of national research funding agencies from 19 European countries in the area of social and behavioral sciences.


Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) is an independent foundation with the goal of promoting and supporting research in the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation is a comprehensive center of philanthropy. With visionary leadership, strategic grantmaking and world-class expertise, we partner with donors to strengthen the common good locally and throughout the world.


Swedish Energy Agency

The Swedish Energy Agency operates in various sectors of society to create conditions for an efficient and sustainable energy use and a cost-effective Swedish energy supply.


Swedish Energy Research Centre 

The Swedish  Energy Research Centre is a research and knowledge-based company that operates and coordinates energy research. The centre strives to be the natural hub of energy research - a neutral party for the benefit of future energy systems. The centre has extensive experience in energy-related research and development by the companies and research organizations that now constitute the Swedish  Energy Research Institute.


Swedish Research Council (VR)

The Swedish Research Council is an authority that develops and finances basic research and information about research of the highest quality in all scientific areas.


The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise

The Research Institute of Industrial Economics obtains about 30 percent of its financing from the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. 


The Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Research & Charity 

The purpose of the Kamprad Family Foundation is to support, stimulate and reward education and scientific research to promote entrepreneurship, the environment, competence, health and social improvement. It will focus specifically on implementing the results of the research and education to benefit the many people quickly and cost-efficiently.


The Gunnar Ekström Foundation for Numismatic Research

The main purpose of the foundation is to maintain a separate professorship in numismatics and monetary history at Stockholm University, to award scholarships to university students, and to distribute grants to limited research projects. In exceptional cases, grants can also be made for the acquisition of particularly strange objects to the Royal Coin Cabinet.


The Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation

The goal of the foundation is to support research within the social sciences, mainly in economic history, economic geography, business administration, economics and econometrics.


The Johan and Jakob Söderberg Foundation

The foundation mainly supports teaching, education and research in the areas of medicine, economics, natural sience, law and culture.


The Lars Erik Lundberg Foundation for Research and Education

The Foundation’s aim is to support academic research and education in national economics, business economics, and engineering/technology. This aim is to be furthered primarily through grants to universities, schools of economics and business administration, and universities of technology in Sweden, or to individuals active in these institutions.


The Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

The purpose of the foundation is to support care and fostering of children, support education and learning and support scientific research.


The Ragnar Söderberg Foundation

The aim of the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation is to promote scientific research and scientific education or educational work, especially in the areas of economics, medicine and legal sciences.


The Sven Svensson Foundation for Numismatics

The Sven Svensson Foundation for numismatics has, in no particular order, the purpose of purchasing items that are missing in the Royal Coin Cabinet’s collection, contributing to the issuance of publications that serve Swedish numismatic research, and to support researchers in this field.


The Swedish Competition Authority

The Swedish Competition Authority is working to safeguard and increase competition and supervise public procurement in Sweden.


The Torsten Söderberg Foundation

The aim of the Torsten Söderberg Foundation is to promote scientific research and scientific education or educational work, especially in the areas of economics, medicine and legal sciences.



Interdisciplinary European Studies

The European Union and the Return of the Nation State


This book explores the complex and ever-changing relationship between the European Union and its member states. The recent surge in tension in this relationship has been prompted by the actions of some member state governments as they question fundamental EU values and principles and refuse to implement common decisions seemingly on the basis of narrowly defined national interests.

About the book

International cooperation

Visiting researchers

Collaborating with others is essential for IFN as a research institute. Our researchers co-author articles with colleagues from other institutes, and many also teach at various universities and colleges.

As part of our extensive program of guest researchers, leading international researchers visit the institute. The visitors present and pursue their research as well as interact and cooperate with researchers at IFN.

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Global Award

Research on entrepreneurship




The Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research is the foremost global award for research on entrepreneurship.This Prize is awarded annually with a prize sum of EUR 100,000.

IFN in cooperation with Entreprenörskapsforum and Vinnova are the principals of the award, in cooperation with the donor, Lars Backsell.

Professor Boyan Jovanovic, New York University, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2019. 

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