The Swedish Research Council is the largest public funding body for research at Swedish universities and higher education institutions. We fund research within all scientific disciplines by issuing calls for grant applications in open competition. Each year, the approximately 800 researchers who sit on our review panels deal with about 6 000 research applications. Each year, we award more than 6 billion SEK to fund Swedish research.
Analysis, evaluation and mapping
We have a mandate to advise the Government on research policy issues We analyse and monitor the research system and the terms and conditions of research, and give advice on future research policy. We also work in various ways to stimulate international research collaboration – at national level, at public authority level, and for the individual researcher.
Funding of research infrastructure
In order to provide Swedish research with the best possible prerequisites, we fund research infrastructure, both in Sweden and abroad. Research infrastructures are advanced tools that researchers may need in order to carry out their research. Examples include databases, research facilities, biobanks and large-scale computational tools. The funding is always based on the needs of Swedish research.
We have a national responsibility to coordinate communication about research and research results and to fund activities and collaborative projects in the area. We take a long-term approach to ensure the research will benefit society, and participate in national and international networks. We also manage some national digital services, for example the news website forskning.se and the Expertsvar (“Expert Answer”) service for journalists.
Each authority has its own Instruction. The Instruction is a statutory instrument issued by the Government. The Swedish Research Council's Instruction states how we should be organised and what we should work with, for example.
The Government controls public authorities through annual appropriation documents. The appropriation document states how much money we have at our disposal, how the money shall be allocated between our various activities, and details of the assignments that we shall implement, for example.
The Swedish Research Council has the task of regulating both the rules that apply to research principals when agreeing to receive visiting researchers, and also the rules that apply to applications for ethical review of research involving humans.
We publish regulations and general advice on this in our code of statutes, VRFS. These specify what the requirements are.
Regulation on Amendments to the Swedish Research Council's Regulations (VRFS 2013:1) Concerning Approval for Research Principles to Receive Visiting Researchers – (VRFS 2014:1)
The Swedish Research Council's Regulations Concerning Approval for Research Principles to Receive Visiting Researchers - (VRFS 2013:1)
The Swedish Research Council's Regulations and General Advice for the Ethical Review of Research Involving Humans – (VRFS 2012:1)