Responsible for allocating research funding
The Scientific Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering Science decides which calls will be made within the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering science. They also decide on which applications will be awarded grants. They have 19 review panels to help them, with some 250 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 research in this area, for example through research overviews. In this work, the Scientific Council is assisted by both national and international experts. The Scentific Council finances Swedish participation in several international collaborations and conducts a regular dialogue with the HEIs through a reference group with representatives from the natural sciences and engineering science (deans) from Swedish HEIs.
Composition of the Scientific Council
The Scientific Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering Science consists of nine active researchers with a high level of scientific expertise. The members are elected by researchers at Swedish higher education institutions. 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.
Professor in Physics
Department of Physics, Umeå University
Professor of Materials Chemistry
Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry,
Professor in Surface Physics and Chemistry
Department of Science and Technology, Linköping University
Professor in Sensor Informatics
Department of Electrical Engineering, Linköping University
Professor in Entomology
Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics, Natural History Museum
Professor in Molecular Biology
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University
Professor in Physical Chemistry-Colloidal Biology
Division of Physical Chemistry, Lund University
Professor of Numerical Analysis
Department of Mathematics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Professor in Quaternary Geology
Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University