Fr. v.: Award 2018 - M.Grahn (CTH), R.Pereira (IPEA), Y.Susilo (KTH), Sonia Yeh (CTH),T. Holmström (VREF), K.Lundgren (CTH/VREF) Photo.AnnaLisaFoto                                                                                                                                                     

The Håkan Frisinger Award and Visiting Research Grant

The VREF invites universities located in Sweden to nominate candidates for The Håkan Frisinger Award for Excellence in Transportation Research (Håkan Frisingers pris till framstående transportforskare) and apply for a VREF Visiting Researcher Grant for the nominated candidate. The universities can nominate researchers from any other university or research institute of academic standing in the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) for the prize.

The invitation is open until 15th March yearly.

The Håkan Frisinger Award for Excellence in Transportation Research is awarded annually from 2021 to a distinguished researcher active in the area of transportation, at a university or research institute of academic standing located in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden).

From 2021, the Award is coupled to a period as visiting researcher at a university located in Sweden. The Award thus consists of two integrated parts:

  • An individual prize of SEK 300 000 to the awardee
  • A grant for a VREF Visiting Researcher Programme of SEK 500 000 to the university hosting the visiting researcher

The objective of the Award is to promote and support research and development in the area of transportation, to the benefit of academia, industry and society in general, but not benefitting any specific private company or government.

For more details see next page about HF-call and GuidelinesPDF (pdf, 233.8 kB)


Since the start of the FUT programme in 2000, the laureates are:

  • 2019: renovation year
  • 2018 - Professor Sonia Yeh, Chalmers University of Technology
  • 2017 - Professor Jonas Sjöberg, Chalmers University of Technology
  • 2016 - Professor Louise Olsson, Chalmers University of Technology
  • 2015 - Professor Mats Svensson, Chalmers University of Technology together with Associate Professor Astrid Linder, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute
  • 2014 - Professor Margareta Friman, Karlstads University
  • 2013 - Professor Lars Nielsen, Linköping University​
  • 2012 - Professor Ingemar Denbratt, Chalmers University of Technology
  • 2011 - Professor Annika Stensson Trigell, the Royal Institute of Technology
  • 2010 - Professor Bengt Johansson, Lunds University
  • 2009 - Professor Magnus Skoglundh, Chalmers University of Technology
  • 2008 - Associate Professor Pål Börjesson, Lunds University
  • 2007 - Professor Wolfgang Kropp, Chalmers University of Technology
  • 2006 - Professor Marcus Aldén, Lunds University
  • 2005 - Professor Bo Egardt, Chalmers University of Technology
  • 2004 - Professor Michael Patriksson, Chalmers University of Technology
  • 2003 - Professor Bengt Andersson, Chalmers University of Technology
  • 2002 - Assistant Professor Dag Wedelin, Chalmers University of Technology
  • 2001 - Professor Per Lövsund, Chalmers University of Technology
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CALL FOR NOMINATION FOR the Håkan Frisinger Award for Excellence in Transportation Research

The VREF invites universities located in Sweden to nominate candidates for The Håkan Frisinger Award (Håkan Frisingers pris till framstående transportforskare) and apply for a VREF Visiting Researcher Grant for the nominated candidate.

Open for nomination until 2021-03-15. Read more...PDF (pdf, 233.8 kB)

MOBILITY GRANT 2021- MAC-MG 2021PDF (pdf, 443.4 kB)

The VREF invites PhD students and advanced master students from Sub-Saharan African (SSA) universities to apply for a Mobility Grant (MG) to support a visit to another SSA university with up to SEK 25 000.

 STUDY VISIT GRANT 2021

The VREF invites PhD students and researchers in early stages of their career to apply for a Study Visit Grant to be supported with up to SEK 30 000.

Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarships for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency targets supporting the momentum of Lee Schipper’s contribution to the international policy dialogue in these fields.

This yearly award is aimed at supporting young individual researchers and students in is pursuance.

Call deadline: March 1, 2021 .

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