Within the Research Council there are special decision-taking bodies, scientific councils and committees. A secretary-general with high academic competence is attached to each one of them. The secretaries-general are employed by the Swedish Research Council up to maximum six years.
The Scientific Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences is responsible for research within the arts, social sciences, and the science of religion and jurisprudence;
The Scientific Council for Medicine and Health is responsible for re search within the entire academic field of medicine, i.e. medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and health care sciences;
The Scientific Council for Natural and Engineering Sciences is responsible for research into amongst other things biological diversity, chemistry, electronics, physics, astronomy, biotechnology and mathematics;
The Committee for Educational Sciences is responsible for research of relevance to teacher training and professional pedagogical activity; It involves research into learning, knowledge building, education and teaching;
The Committee for Artistic Research and Development is responsible for artistic — practice-based — research regardless of art form. There is no secretary general within the committee. The committee is led by the committee chair.
The Council for Research Infrastructures is responsible for e.g. research facilities, facilities for register research or comprehensive data networks which are used nationally or internationally by several research groups.