PublISHED ON 29 May 2018

UpDATED ON 09 April 2019

The Committee for Development Research

The Swedish Research Council's Committee for Development Research supports research of the highest scientific quality within its area of research. The Committee has nine members who represent research areas of relevance to low income countries and lower middle income countries.

Responsible for allocating research funding

The Committee for Development Research decides which calls are to be made within development research. They also decide on which applications will be awarded grants. To help them, they have at least three review panels to examine and prioritise the applications submitted to the Swedish Research Council before the Committee takes a decision. The members of the review panels are appointed by the Committee and consist largely of international researchers.

The Committee also issues joint calls in collaboration with other research funding bodies.

Allocates funds from the Government's budget for international development aid

The funds that the Committee allocates within development research come from the Government's budget for international development aid. This means that the funds will be used in accordance with the OECD’s definition of development aid and the Government's strategy and policy framework for Swedish development aid.

The research financed with these funds shall contribute to achieving Sweden's international development aid objectives – creating the prerequisites for better living conditions for people living in poverty and under oppression, as well as contributing to fair and sustainable global development.

Following up and evaluating research in the area

The Committee follows up, evaluates and develops strategies for the research area. Every two years, the Committee, together with a Swedish higher education institution, arranges an interdisciplinary forum for researchers working on development issues of relevance to low income countries and lower middle income countries. The conference serves as a platform for dialogue between researchers, public authorities, organisations and practitioners regarding development issues.

Composition of the Committee

The Committee for Development Research has nine members who represent research areas relevant to low income and lower middle income countries. The Swedish Research Council appoints the chair and members, three of whom are appointed based on proposals from the research funding bodies Formas, the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, and Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and six based on proposals from the Swedish Research Council's three scientific councils. The term of office is three years and members may be reelected for a further three years.

The Committee meets six times a year.


Members July 2016-June 2019

Name

Title

Organisation

Anders Hagfeldt (chair)

Professor of Physical Chemistry

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland

Eleni Aklillu

Associate Professor

Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, KI

Berit Brokking Balfors

Professor of Sustainable

Development and Environmental Science, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Peter Friberg

Professor

Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, University of Gothenburg

Anna Godhe

Professor

Department of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg

Andreas Mårtensson

Professor

Department of Women's and Children's health, Uppsala University

AnnaMaria Oltorp

Head of the Research Unit

Sida

Liv Tønnesson

Senior Researcher, Chr.

Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway

Stein Tønnesson

Senior Researcher

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

 

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