European partnerships

European partnerships is a collective name for various collaborations between the European Commission, the business sector, member states and associated countries as well as other stakeholders. These are aimed at broader research collaboration on various societal challenges.

The current framework programme, Horizon Europe, includes different types of partnerships that vary in the way they are funded and which actors are participating. There are also partnership programmes from previous framework programmes that remain active. The Swedish Research Council participates in partnership programmes in the following areas:

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

More information about European partnerships is available on the European Commission’s website External link.

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 2022 Annual Report on Vinnova’s website External link.



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Secretariat for International Coordination


  1. Influence the next work programme within Horizon Europe

    There is now an opportunity to contribute to shaping the next work programme within the EU’s framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe. The deadline for submitting feedback is 6 May.

  2. New research collaboration with USA on 6G, quantum technology, AI and other areas

    The Swedish Research Council and Vinnova have signed a five year declaration of intent with the US National Science Foundation (NSF), which will facilitate research and innovation collaborations between Sweden and USA.

  3. New guidelines for using AI in Europe

    The European Commission, together with the countries in the European Research Area (ERA) and other stakeholders, has developed guidelines for responsible use of generative AI in research and innovation.