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 2020–2022




Irene Wennemo


PhD in Sociology and Drector General of the Swedish National Mediation Office

Swedish National Mediation Office

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

Peter Eriksson

Chief Strategist


Stefan Gelfgren

Associate Professor of Sociology

Umeå University

Emma Gretzer

Head of the Unit for Environmental and Spatial Planning

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

Marika Nestor

Associate Professor

Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Uppsala University

Richard Brenner

Professor of Elementary Particle Physics

Uppsala University

Carina Mallard


Department of Physiology, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Gothenburg

Roland Roberts


Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University

Johanna Rosén

Professor of Physics

Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University

Maria Stanfors


Department of Economic History, Lund University

Göran Stemme

Professor of Electrical Measurement Technology, Nanotechnology

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

PublISHED ON 30 May 2018

UpDATED ON 29 March 2021

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