The Swedish Research Council’s centres of excellence

The Swedish Research Council is funding 15 centres of excellence as from 2024. The centres, which are being built up, shall carry out ground-breaking research and educational activities around a central theme.

The investment in centres of excellence enables new research fields to emerge. The new centres will offer programme activities within an overarching thematic area, and give researchers from different established research disciplines the opportunity to work there for short or long periods. The overarching goal is for the centres to contribute to developing ground-breaking research approaches.

The Swedish Research Council will contribute 434 million SEK in total in funding to the centres during 2024–2028. Each centre of excellence will receive 4–6 million SEK per year.

Added value is created when research is carried out in well-functioning, strong and creative research environments. The concentration of resources creates a critical mass, where new collaboration clusters generate new research questions and approaches. Our centres of excellence lay the foundation for risk-taking and creative thinking that together with big ambitions can contribute to innovative and ground-breaking research.

– Katarina Bjelke, Director General of the Swedish Research Council

15 centres of excellence at nine higher education institutions

Brief information about the different centres is shown below, divided up according to the primary research fields.

Humanities and social sciences

Artistic research

Medicine and health

Natural and engineering sciences



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About the initiative

During autumn 2022, the Swedish Research Council issued a call for grants to centres of excellence. Following review of the applications by an international panel, the Swedish Research Council decided to fund 15 research environments.

Read more about the call


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