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.
Anders Hagfeldt (chair)
Professor of Physical Chemistry
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland
Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, KI
Berit Brokking Balfors
Professor of Sustainable
Development and Environmental Science, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, University of Gothenburg
Department of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg
Department of Women's and Children's health, Uppsala University
Head of the Research Unit
Senior Researcher, Chr.
Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)