Research areas we support

The Swedish Research Council supports research within all scientific fields. Here you can find descriptions of the research areas we support.

About humanities and social sciences

Research within humanities and social sciences concerns how society works, and how cultural values are created and spread. The Swedish Research Council supports research within the whole field of humanities and social sciences, for example jurisprudence, religious science, history, languages, literature, philosophy, economics, sociology and political science.

About clinical therapy research

The purpose of clinical therapy research is to support clinical therapy studies. Therapy studies refers to both intervention and observation studies. In concrete terms, they might concern evaluating diagnostic techniques, the use of established medicines or how to increase the efficiency of methods and therapies for which a need has been established. They might also concern therapies that do not require any medicines.

The studies must be justified by the needs of health and medical care, and it must be possible to see benefits to patients and society within a defined period of time.

About artistic research

Artistic research is practice-based and covers all art forms. The research results are created both in works of art and in text-based meta-reflections. Artistic research provides knowledge of and develops complex creative processes, it tries and further develops methods, theoretical concepts and materialities; it investigates and deepens understanding of the field-specific opportunities and challenges of art, and how art, often in conjunction with other disciplines, contributes to increased knowledge of major societal issues.

About medicine and health

Medical research provides knowledge of how the human body works and how disease can be prevented, and how it arises and is treated. The Swedish Research Council supports research within all areas, from molecular and cell level, via research involving laboratory animals and human patients, to epidemiological studies of groups of human beings.

About natural and engineering sciences

Research in natural sciences provides new knowledge of everything from the smallest particles to the universe as a whole. Research in engineering sciences provides prerequisites for the technical systems used by humans, which form the basis for areas such as industrial development. Research in natural and engineering sciences is relevant to many central societal challenges, and contributes with new knowledge and new insights to support a sustainable society. The Swedish Research Council supports basic research spanning the whole width of natural and engineering sciences, in subjects such as biology, chemistry, electronics, astronomy, biotechnology and mathematics.

About educational sciences

Within the area of educational sciences, subjects such as learning, didactics and subject didactics, teaching, social and cultural aspects of education, educational policy, education systems and organisation, in particular with relevance for the development of schools and pre-schools. Research is carried out within several different scientific disciplines, and contributes to knowledge development and reinforces the scientific basis for education.

About development research

Within development research, we support research of importance to the fight against poverty and for sustainable development in low income countries, and support collaboration and knowledge exchange between researchers in Sweden and researchers in low income countries and lower middle income countries.

The area of development research supported by the Swedish Research Council covers Swedish research of particular relevance to low income countries (research project grants) and lower middle income countries (Swedish Research Links). Support is given to research of the highest scientific quality within all scientific fields.

The research shall be relevant to the overall goals of Swedish international development aid, and the goals for Swedish policy for global development. This means that the research shall contribute to creating prerequisites for better living conditions for people who live in poverty and represssion, and contribute to fair and sustainable global development. The funds shall be used in accordance with the OECD/DAC’s definition of development aid.



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