The Swedish Research Council

The Swedish Research Council is a government agency within the Ministry of Education and Research. We fund research and research infrastructure in all scientific disciplines. We are also advisors to the Government on research policy issues and work to increase understanding of the long-term societal benefits of research.

Research funding

The Swedish Research Council is the largest public funding body for research at Swedish universities and higher education institutions. We fund research within all scientific disciplines by issuing calls for grant applications in open competition. Each year, the approximately 900 researchers who sit on our review panels deal with about 6 000 research applications. Each year, we award almost 7 billion SEK to fund Swedish research.

Analysis, evaluation and mapping

We have a mandate to advise the Government on research policy issues. We analyse and monitor the research system and the terms and conditions of research, and give advice on future research policy. We also work in various ways to stimulate international research collaboration – at national level, at public authority level, and for the individual researcher.

Funding of research infrastructure

In order to provide Swedish research with the best possible prerequisites, we fund research infrastructure, both in Sweden and abroad. Research infrastructures are advanced tools that researchers may need in order to carry out their research. Examples include databases, research facilities, biobanks and large-scale computational tools. The funding is always based on the needs of Swedish research.

Science communication

We have a national responsibility to coordinate communication about research and research results and to fund activities and collaborative projects in the area. We take a long-term approach to ensure the research will benefit society, and participate in national and international networks. We also manage some national digital services, for example the news website and the Expertsvar (“Expert Answer”) service for journalists.

PublISHED ON 21 May 2018

UpDATED ON 05 March 2019



Swedish Research Council


  1. The Swedish Research Council's e-mail will not work on the evening of November 11

    Due to maintenance, the Swedish Research Council's e-mail will not work on Monday, November 11 at 21:00 - 23:59.

  2. Members of the Swedish Research Council’s board and scientific councils 2019–2021

    The elector council has now appointed new members of the Swedish Research Council’s board and scientific councils for the period 2019–2021. The mandate period is three years, and members may be reappointed for a further three-year period

  3. Dates set for calls in 2019

    It has now been decided when our calls will open and close in 2019. Each year, the Swedish Research Council distributes just over 6 billion SEK to research of the highest scientific quality within all scientific fields.