Responsible for allocating research funding
The Scientific Council for Medicine and Health decides which calls will be made within medicine, odontology, pharmacology and healthcare science. They also decide on which applications will be awarded grants. To help them, they have 20 review panels with some 160 members, who examine and prioritise the applications that are submitted to the Swedish Research Council, before the Scientific Council takes a decision. It is the Scientific Council that appoints members to the review panels.
Following up and evaluating research in the area
The Scientific Council follows up, evaluates and develops strategies for the area, for example through research overviews. The Scientific Council finances Swedish participation in several international collaborations and conducts a regular dialogue with the HEIs through a reference group with representatives (deans and pro-deans) from the country's pharmaceutical and medical faculties.
Composition of the Scientific Council
The Scientific Council for Medicine and Health has eleven members. Nine of the members are active researchers and are elected by researchers at Swedish HEIs. The Government appoints the other two members, one from the healthcare sector and one from the pharmaceutical industry or the biotechnology industry. The term of office is three years and members can be reelected for a further three years.
The Scientific Council meets six times a year.
Mikael Sigvardsson (chair)
Professor in molecular hemathology
Dept of Laboratory Medicine, Lund University and Linköping University
|Professor in biochemistry|
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics,
Karolinska Institutet, KI
Senior Vice President
Johannes Blom verksamhetsområdeschef
Business area manager
Professor in neurobiology
|Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Linköpings University|
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Gothenburg
Community medicine and rehabilitation, Umeå University
Professor in clinical virology
Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, KI
Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University
Inger Sundström Poromaa
Professor in reproductive health
Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University
Professor in Microbiology
Dept. of cell and Molecular biology, Uppsala University