The Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences supports the best research as to quality according to national priorities and the best researchers within the arts, social science, jurisprudence and the science of religion.
The Scientific Council also runs certain research programmes commissioned by the Government and also allocates funds to artistic research and development work. The Scientific Council also participates in international collaboration organisations and is active with monitoring, evaluation and strategic work.
The Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences consists of nine members. Seven members and the same number of substitutes are active researchers with great academic competence who are chosen by the research community.
The chairman and three general representatives and substitutes are appointed by the Government. The term of office is three years with a possibility of an extension for a further three years.
The Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences has ten evaluation panels where a total of around 80 researchers assess and prioritise research applications. It is the Scientific Council which appoints the evaluation panels. In addition, there are working groups for various purposes and the Scientific Council also brings in specialist advisers and experts for different tasks.
Each Scientific Council within the Research Council has a Secretary General with high academic competence. The Secretary General is a member of the Research Council´s management group, has academic responsibility for the subject council´s activity, and is employed at the Research Council´s secretariat for a maximum period of six years. The name of the Secretary General of the Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences is Arne Jarrick.
The Scientific Councils´ strategy
The Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences is responsible for:
- an increase in research grants within the humanities and social science
- expanding awareness and understanding of research within the arts and social science
- to the extent that new specialist-orientated research programmes are initiated, these should be co-ordinated across disciplinary borders and focused on research into health, the environment, energy, society and culture.
- investment in research into societies undergoing global change.
Members of the Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences