Scientific councils and committees

Within the Research Council there are special decision-taking bodies, scientific councils and committees. A secretary-general with high academic competence is attached to each one of them. The secretaries-general are employed by the Swedish Research Council up to maximum six years.

  • Committee for Clinical Studies

    The Committee for Clinical Studies has been assigned to support and develop the conditions for clinical studies in Sweden. The Committee decides on the allocation of the funds the Swedish Research Council has available for the national coordination of clinical studies and is responsible for overarching strategic decisions in the area.
  • Committee for Clinical Therapy Research

    The Committee for Clinical Therapy  Research shall provide support according to national priorities to large clinical trials of a high scientific quality. The studies must be justified based on the needs of the health care services and it must be possible to see patient benefit within a defined timeframe. 
  • Committee for Development Research

    In line with national priorities, the Swedish Research Council’s Committee for Development Research supports the most qualified researchers and the highest-quality research in the research area. The area of development research supported by the Swedish Research Council encompasses Swedish research of particular relevance for low income countries (Project Research Grant) and low income and lower middle income countries (Swedish Research Links).
  • Committee for Artistic Research
    The Committee for Artistic Research supports research and initiates
    questions concerning artistic research.
  • Council for Research Infrastructures
    The Council for Research Infrastructures works to ensure that the
    infrastructure for research of the highest academic quality is developed
    and used. The Council advertises and evaluates applications,
    participates in international collaboration organisations, and works on
    monitoring, assessment and strategic work.
  • Committee for Educational Sciences
    The Committee for Educational Sciences supports basic research of the
    highest quality relevant to teacher training and pedagogical activity.
    The Committee also engages in monitoring, evaluation, strategy and
    international collaboration.
  • Scientific Council for Natural and Engineering Sciences
    The Scientific Council for Natural and Engineering Sciences supports the
    best research as regards quality according to national priorities and
    the best researchers within the natural and engineering sciences.
  • Scientific Council for Medicine and Health
    The Scientific Council for Medicine and Health supports the best
    research as to quality according to national priorities and the best
    researchers in Sweden. This Scientific Council promotes and supports
    research within the entire area of medical science, i.e. medicine,
    dentistry, pharmacy and health care sciences.
  • Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences
    The Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences supports the
    best research as to quality according to national priorities and the
    best researchers within the arts, social science, jurisprudence and the
    science of religion.
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Updated: 2016-02-22

How members are chosen

The majority of members of the Board and the councils are chosen by a group of electors. The electors are in turn chosen by researchers and teachers at universities and colleges. The chairman and further members are appointed by the government. The members´ term of office is three years. The Board appoints both the chairman and the members of the Educational Sciences Committee as well as the Council for Research Infrastructures.