Bo Rydin Foundation
for Scientific Research

The foundation promotes research at Swedish universities and institutes in technical or natural sciences within Essity´s and SCA´s business areas

The foundation promotes research at Swedish universities and institutes in technical or natural sciences within Essity´s and SCA´s business areas

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Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company with brands such as TENA, Tork, Libero, Libresse, JOBST, and Leucoplast. SCA is Europe´s largest private forest owner creating value within forest, wood products, pulp, paper, packaging material, and renewable energy. The aim of the Foundation is to promote scientific research within areas that are of importance for Essity and SCA, respectively. The Foundation´s main activity is the provision of research grants. In addition, we offer travel grants for doctoral students who wish to participate in scientific conferences and we also awards commendable master´s thesis.

Business areas

Essity has three business areas; Health & Medical, Consumer Goods, and Professional Hygiene.

Essity is a leading global player in Personal Care and the offering includes Incontinence Products and Solutions, Feminine Care, Baby Care, Cleaning and Skin Care products and Medical Solutions. We offer a broad range of personal absorbing products together with skincare products, wet wipes and lotions. In Medical Solutions Essity offers products and services in wound care, vascular and orthopedics. The products are sold under Essity´s global and regional brands, such as, TENA he world´s leading incontinence brand, Libero, Libresse, Nosotras, Saba, Jobst and Leucoplast and under retailers´ brands.

Essity is the world´s largest supplier of products and solutions within the market for Professional Hygiene under the global Tork brand. Essity´s offering includes complete hygiene solutions, including toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, hand soap, hand lotion, hand sanitizers, dispensers, cleaning and wiping products, sensor technology, service and maintenance.

The core of SCA´s business is the forest, 2.6 million hectares in northern Sweden. Around this unique resource, SCA has built a well-developed value chain based on renewable raw material from own and others´ forests. SCA offers paper for packaging, pulp, wood products, renewable energy, services for forest owners and efficient transport solutions. SCA welcomes research applications in prioritized areas like sawn wood, forest management, pulp technology, paper physics, fiber chemistry and biorefinery.

Research Board

Our Research Board ensures scientific quality and determines which research projects should be funded. The Research Board members are:

Honorary Doctorates Bo Rydin


Professor Per-Ove Bäckström

former Swedish University of Agriculture

Professor Thomas Hjertberg

former Borealis AB

Senior Professor Gunilla Jönson

former University of Lund

Director Jerker Karlsson

former SCA Forest Products AB

Associate Professor Anita Teleman

former RISE Bioekonomi

Associate Professor Rolf Andersson

Secretary and contact person

Research Grants

Research applications of high scientific quality will be granted provided that the scientific area is aligned with Essity´s and SCA´s prioritized areas. Besides, the Foundation can support scientific conferences and establishment of new professorships. A typical research project has a budget within 2 MSEK. We have a positive attitude towards co-financing with other fundings. Overhead costs can be included in the budget. We don´t have any special application forms.

Applications should include:

Description of the project (title, summary, background, research goal, expected results, outline, time schedule and budget)

Participants (project manager, staff, partners)

Contact information and CV (maximum one page) for main applicant

Applications for research projects shall be sent electronically to at the latest on September 30th. The Research Board has its annual decision meeting late November and applicants will receive a decision about two weeks after the meeting.

Travel Grants

The Foundation awards individual travel grants which support doctoral students to actively participate in scientific conferences in areas which the Foundation supports.

Applications shall be mailed and are evaluated as they are received. They should include:


Short information about the doctoral project including relevance for Essity´s or SCA´s business areas


Short description of the conference


Justification for participation including in which way the applicant will be active




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Awards for Commendable Master´s Thesis (at least 30 credits)

Bo Rydin Foundation annually awards grants of 30,000 SEK each for the year´s commendable master´s thesis. For work performed jointly by two students, the award is 20,000 SEK each. The thesis shall be done at Swedish universities within Essity´s and SCA´s strategic areas. High quality Master thesis works can be nominated by supervisors. Two paper copies of the thesis should be sent to the Foundation by September 30th together with comments and recommendations from the supervisor and/or head of department. A summary in Swedish shall be included. Decisions will be sent out in the beginning of December.

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