The Swedish Research Council is working to stimulate Swedish participation in European and international research cooperation. The aim is a greater exchange of experience and a greater freedom of movement between different countries and institutions which, among other things, involves removing barriers that may prevent foreign researchers from working in Sweden.
The Swedish Research Council has a specific responsibility for research cooperation within the EU, as well as a large commitment in Science Europe and the European Science Foundation (ESF).
The Swedish Research Council, together with the Ministry of Education, has responsibility for committee work in seven areas of the EU's current framework programme and future research support. The Swedish Research Council is also the National Contact Point for the programmes Ideas (ERC) and Science in Society.
The Swedish Research Council is the authority responsible for Sweden's engagement in a number of international facilities/organisations bound by conventions with an infrastructural nature (such as CERN, EUI, ESO, EMBC, EMBL, ESRF, IARC) as well as being a member of several other international organisations. The Swedish Research Council is also responsible for national facilities with significant international participation, such as the MAX lab and the Onsala space observatory.
The Swedish Research Council has a number of bilateral agreements on scientific cooperation, both within and outside Europe.