The future of Swedish research

Last year, the Swedish Research Council carried out analyses and surveys to take stock of the state of Swedish research today and in the near future. The last time a similar project was undertaken was in the run-up to the latest Swedish Research Bill.

Direction to the future Swedish research system

The report "Direction to the Future Swedish Research System" represents the final outcome of an extensive survey project. The report highlights the challenges of the research system and present goals and recommendations. It also forms the basis of the Swedish Research Council's next research funding strategy.

Download the report Direction to the Future Swedish Research System: Goals and Recommendationsexternal link, opens in new window

Research policy consultation and support of priorities

Our analysis and prioritization procedure serves several purposes. As advisory body to the government in research policy matters, the Swedish Research Council shall provide the government with decision-aiding tools that promote top-quality Swedish research.

The overviews, knowledge base material and analyses that have been compiled also form an equally important basis for the establishment of priorities in the different scientific councils, bodies and committees of the Swedish Research Council. Other actors will also be able to use this as reference material on the state and future of Swedish research.

Overviews and analyses

Extensive work was undertaken in 2014 to create overviews of the research domains and research infrastructures that fall under the competence of the scientific councils, bodies and committees of the Swedish Research Council. The overviews were based on commissioned contributions from a couple of hundred scientists around the country aimed at assessing the current state and future prospects of the different research domains and research infrastructures. During the fall of 2014, the scientific community was given the opportunity to comment on the overviews through web forums and, in some cases, separate hearings. The comments received were considered by the respective scientific councils and committees before the final versions of the overviews were compiled. In parallel, the Swedish Research Council analysts also produced analyses and knowledge base material covering a number of fields.

Contact person

Jan Bolin, Head of management support and coordination, office email: jan.bolin@vr.se

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Updated: 2016-03-18

Outcome of the project

This work includes several different reports and analyses:

Final report

Direction to the Future Swedish Research System: Goals and Recommendationsexternal link, opens in new window

Structural analyses (in Swedish)

  • Career paths and career system
  • Researcher mobility
  • Gender equality
  • Scientific production and
    publication pattern
  • Past reforms of Swedish research policies

Overviews

Humanities and Social Sciencesexternal link, opens in new window

Artistic Researchexternal link, opens in new window

Medicine and Healthexternal link, opens in new window

Educational Sciencesexternal link, opens in new window

Development Researchexternal link, opens in new window

Guide to Research infrastructuresexternal link, opens in new window

Contributions to the upcoming Research & Innovation Bill

The final report of this work constituted the point of departure for the Swedish Research Council's written contribution to the government's upcoming Research and Innovation Bill.

The Swedish Research Council's own contribution, and the joint report presented by several public authorities, were submitted to the government on 23 October 2015.

Read more about the government assignment and the contributions here:

Government assignment in relation to the 2016 Research and Innovation Bill (in Swedish)