Cooperation in the form of bilateral agreements

The Swedish Research Council is involved in a number of the bilateral agreements that Sweden has with other countries regarding research collaboration. We also have bilateral agreements directly with organisations in other countries. The agreements may be open to all subject areas, or focused on specific areas.


Together with Vinnova and Formas, the Swedish Research Council has an agreement with the Brazilian research funding bodies CNPq, FINEP and CONFAP. The agreement aims to formalise the R&D collaboration between the funding bodies and, by extension, facilitate collaboration between Swedish and Brazilian researchers.


The agreement creates opportunities for Swedish-French research collaboration and gives Swedish researchers access to French research infrastructure in the development of neutron instrumentation.


Together with the Department of Science and Technology, DST, at the Ministry of Science and Technology in India, we have so far announced networking grants to enable participants to plan deeper collaboration. We are also planning a joint call for project grants.


Since 2001, Italy and Sweden have had an agreement on scientific and technical collaboration. The Swedish Research Council is responsible for this.


The collaboration between the Swedish Research Council and the National Natural Science Foundation of China, NSFC, has so far resulted in joint calls for networking grants and project grants where a researcher from a Chinese higher education institution and a researcher from a Swedish higher education institution submit a joint research application that is jointly processed.


The Swedish Research Council and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, RFBR, have 2012 signed a collaboration agreement in order to facilitate research collaboration.

The Swedish Research Council notified the RFBR on 18 March 2022 that it wishes to terminate the agreement. The termination will take effect when the notice period of 6 months has passed.


The Swedish Research Council has signed an agreement with the Swiss National Science Foundation, SNSF. The cooperation concerns the “Money follows Cooperation Line”, which makes it possible for a Swiss PI to include a Swedish co-applicant in their applications to SNSF. If the application is granted funding, up to 50 per cent of the total project budget can be transferred to the Swedish co-applicant. In the same way, Swedish researchers can apply to the Swedish Research Council for funds for foreign partners. Please contact SNSF for further questions regarding application procedures and general regulations. External link.

South Africa

So far, three calls have been implemented through the collaboration, in which Swedish and South African researchers have been able to apply for three-year mobility projects.

South Korea

Within the framework of an agreement with the National Research Foundation, NRF, in South Korea, researchers there and in Sweden can apply for collaboration funding every two years. Seminars are also organised within the agreement.


The agreement with Academia Sinica in Taiwan focuses on facilitating research collaboration between Sweden and Taiwan.


The Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology, COSTECH, runs a SIDA-funded programme aimed at strengthening the country's research funding, research management and research communication. The programme runs over five years (2015–2020). The mandate of the Swedish Research Council is to strengthen COSTECH's capacity as a research council and to create the prerequisites for higher standards of research in the country.


The agreement concerns structural biology and materials science. The aim is to strengthen research that uses neutrons and synchrotron light, and to stimulate the use of large research infrastructures already existing or planned in this field.


The Swedish Research Council has an agreement with ISIS Neutron Spallation Source.

United States

The collaboration with the National Science Foundation, NSF, within Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide, GROW External link., gives US doctoral students the possibility to connect with a Swedish institution and to work at it for a short period. The Swedish Research Council supports the Swedish institutions with a grant.

Collaboration within ASEAN

The EU initiative Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme on Research and Innovation makes it possible for researchers in Sweden and other European countries to collaborate with researchers from the Association of Southeast Asian nations, ASEAN. The Swedish Research Council has so far been involved in a call for applications within the field of antibiotic resistance.



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