The Swedish Research Council receives around 6,000 applications every year. We support basic research of the highest academic quality within all academic fields and ensure renewal in Swedish basic research. Money is allocated to the best researchers and projects.
Reviewing and evaluating these applications is a major and complicated procedure. In order to cope with the scrutiny of the large number of applications, the Council has around 50 evaluation panels covering well-defined academic fields.
Peer reviewsThe evaluation system that the Research Council uses is based on a peer review system, i.e. a system whereby researchers review other researchers´ applications. The system is used world-wide with great confidence by researchers. Both the advantages and disadvantages are generally known and thus able to be handled. You can read more about the evaluation system here and the evaluation of applications.
The Government and Parliament decide how much money the Council can allocate. The total sum is divided into different sections — which determine how much a particular field has to compete for.