Board and Director GeneralThe Swedish Research Council is headed by a Board and a Director General.
The Board has overall responsibility for activities as a whole, is also responsible for the focus of activities and adopts the work plan for using the government research and research communication appropriation.
The Director General is responsible to the Board and manages running activity in accordance with the directives and guidelines decided by the Board.
All subject areas represented Within the Research Council there are separate decision-making bodies for the different academic disciplines with advanced academic competence:
- The Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences
- The Scientific Council for Medicine and Health
- The Scientific Council for Natural and Engineering Sciences
- The Committee for Educational Sciences
- The Committee for Artistic Research and Development
- The Council for Research Infrastructures
The academic councils and committee allocate funds for research and research infrastructure within their disciplines, taking account of the Council´s decisions on matters of principle and strategy.
How members are chosenThe majority of members of the Board and the councils are chosen by a group of electors. The electors are in turn chosen by researchers and teachers at universities and colleges. The chairman and further members are appointed by the government. The members´ term of office is three years. The Board appoints both the chairman and the members of the Educational Sciences Committee as well as the Council for Research Infrastructures.
Evaluation panelsThe evaluation panels assess and prioritise around 6,000 applications every year according to their academic quality and the applicants´ competence. The panels consist of around 500 active researchers, Swedish and foreign, with expertise within different areas.
Decisions on the allocation of contributions are taken later by the academic disciplines and the committees on the basis of this work.
Advisory bodiesIn addition to the evaluation panels there are advisory bodies generally in the form of committees. Examples are the Database Infrastructure Committee (DISC), the Expert Group on Gender, and the Expert Group for Laboratory Animal Activity.
Authority organisationThe Swedish Research Council has an Executive Director who is directly responsible to the Director General for leading the Council´s work. The Executive Director leads and co-ordinates the internal organisation and has responsibility for developing activity.
The Swedish Research Council has around 160 staff members, organised into departments for planning and co-ordination, research funding, research policy analysis, communication and administration.