Collaboration within ERA and the partnership programmes

The Swedish Research Council works to realise the vision of the European Research Area (ERA) via the organisation Science Europe, among others. We also participate in partnership programmes funded jointly by the EU and national research funding bodies.

European Research Area, ERA

The European Research Area, ERA, is a vision within the EU of a strong research Europe that is open to the world and where researchers, scientific knowledge and technology can move freely. The vision of the European Research Area is realised through various actions within the EU, including through the framework programme for research and innovation, but also through EU-level working groups dealing with gender equality and open access to scientific publications.

Our work for open science

The European Commission recommends open access to scientific publications – so called open access – and open access to research data. We have the role of National Point of Reference, NPR, when it comes to open access to scientific publications. This means that we act as the Commission's contact in Sweden. . We also participate in the Standing Working Group on Open Science and Innovation.

Gender equality network

In terms of gender equality issues, we participate in the large GENDER-NET External link. network, which is funded by the European Commission. We also participate in a working group that advises the Commission on gender equality issues, and contribute statistics to the Commission's She Figures report on gender equality statistics in Europe. In addition, personnel from the Swedish Research Council who have been working on gender equality observations in connection with the assessment of applications for research grants, have acted as advisors to other European research councils.

Partnership programme

The Swedish Research Council participates in and funds calls within a number of different partnership programmes funded jointly by the EU’s framework programme and national research funding bodies. Calls within the partnership programmes are normally published on the individual programmes’ own websites (or corresponding). All current calls that the Swedish Research Council is participating in can be found here on this website.

The Swedish Research Council participates in partnership programmes in the following areas:

  • Medicine and health (personalised medicine, antimicrobial resistance, neurodegenerative diseases, rare diseases and water pollution)
  • Natural and engineering sciences (graphene, brain research, climate research, quantum technology, and and information and communication technologies)
  • Research infrastructure (high-performance computer systems and the European Open Science Cloud, EOSC)
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Multi-disciplinary (gender issues in research)

There are different types of partnership programmes. A common form of partnership programme under the previous framework programme (Horizon 2020) was known as ERA-net. The partnership programmes often also include programmes under the Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI). These are aimed at broader research collaboration on various societal challenges, and often also include countries outside the EU.

Sweden’s participation in partnership programmes is coordinated by the Swedish Research Council and the research councils Formas and Forte, the Swedish National Space Agency, the Swedish Energy Agency and Vinnova in the EU-Sam coordination function.

Every year, Vinnova produces an annual report that details the Swedish participation in European programmes for research and innovation.

Read the 2019 Annual Report on Vinnova’s website (in Swedish) External link.

Science Europe

Science Europe External link. consists of approximately 40 research funding bodies and organisations conducting research, from 27 European countries. In addition to the Swedish Research Council, which is responsible for national coordination, Formas and Forte also participate from Sweden.

The aim of Science Europe is to contribute to the realisation of the European Research Area, ERA. Science Europe monitors and manages research policy issues that are important to the member organisations. Examples of what these involve are the design of EU framework programmes or recommendations on issues relating to research ethics, gender equality, open access to scientific publications and open access to research data.

The Director General of the Swedish Research Council is a member of the Science Europe governing board.



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