We fund research in all scientific fields
Much of our research funding goes to projects where researchers themselves have formulated the research questions and developed methods for answering these.
Some of our calls for research projects include a specific thematic focus. Other grants aim to facilitate career development for researchers and increase their mobility within the research community.
We are responsible for six national research programs
The Swedish government has initiated 13 national research programmes. The Swedish Research Council is responsible for six of these. All programmes are broad, ten-year initiatives aimed at coordinating research within a particular area. Each programme gathers those performing the research, those funding the research and stakeholders in society, to work together to improve our ability to manage the societal challenges indicated by the Government.
The programmes support multi-disciplinary research, and shall function as a link to international research collaborations. They are also intended to contribute to increasing the connection to research in higher education.
The research programme shall contribute new knowledge about how digitalisation impacts on and is impacted by social and cultural relationships, working life, education, organisations, markets, and the democratic system, including public administration.
This national research programme is part of the Government’s long-term strategy and action plan to counteract and reduce virus outbreaks and pandemics.
Formas and the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working life and Welfare are responsible for the other national research programmes. Formas is responsible for climate, sustainable spatial planning, food and oceans, and Water. The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working life and Welfare is responsible for programmes about applied welfare research, mental health research, and working life research.