Council for Research Infrastructures

The Swedish Research Council’s Council for Research infrastructure, RFI, funds research infrastructure that gives researchers access to advanced tools such as databases, research facilities, biobanks, and large scale computational tools. The Council has thirteen members with competence within research infrastructures from several different fields.

Assessing, prioritising and making decisions about grants

RFI assesses and prioritises the needs for research infrastructure in Sweden and is responsible for calls concerning grants for research infrastructure. RFI also makes decisions on which applications will be awarded grants.

RFI has three advisory groups and an e-Infrastructure committee to support the planning and prioritisation of research infrastructure.

Monitoring and evaluating research in the field

RFI monitors, evaluates and creates strategies for the field. One example is the “Swedish Research Council's Guide to Infrastructure", which points to new needs for research infrastructure and suggests measures to improve existing research infrastructure and access to it. RFI is also working to increase national and international collaboration and coordination around research infrastructures.

Composition of the council

RFI has thirteen members, nine of which are active researchers from different disciplines. The Swedish Research Council appoints the chair and members based on proposals from the Swedish Research Council's three scientific councils, and from the Forte, Formas and Vinnova research councils, who nominate one member each. The term of office is three years and members can be reelected for a further three years.

The council meets five times a year.

Members 2023–2025




Björn O. Nilsson


PhD in biochemistry and CEO Ursus Innovation AB

Ursus Innovation AB

Peter Eriksson

Chief Strategist


Emma Gretzer

PhH, head of the Unit for Environmental and Spatial Planning and Deputy Director General

Formas, Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning

Dan Henningson


Department of Mechanics, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH

Olle Lundberg

Secretary General; Professor

Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life, and Welfare; Department of Public Health Sciences, Stockholm University

Olle Lundh

Senior lecturer at Atomic Physics

Lund University

Marika Nestor

Associate Professor, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology

Uppsala University

Roland Roberts

Professor, Department of Earth Sciences

Uppsala University

Maria Selmer

Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Structural Biology

Uppsala University

Pelle Snickars

Professor of Digital cultures

Lund University

Sara Strandberg

Professor of Particle physics

Stockholm University

Gunilla Svensson

Professor of Meteorology

Stockholm University

Marie Wiberg

Professor in Statistics

Umeå University



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