Development Research 

The area of development research supported by the Swedish Research Council encompasses Swedish research of particular relevance for poverty reduction and sustainable development in low income countries (Project Research Grant) and low income and lower middle income countries (Swedish Research Links). Support is given to high quality research, in all scientific areas.

The research must be relevant to the overall goals of Sweden’s international aid; to create preconditions for better living conditions for people living in poverty and under oppression, and to the overarching objective of Sweden´s Policy for Global Development; an equitable and sustainable global development. The funds must be used in accordance with the OECD/DAC’s definition of development assistance.

Read more about transparency in Swedish development assistance

The Swedish Research Council will distribute SEK 170 million of the Government’s assistance budget to development research.

Below you find information and links to web pages addressing development research.

Calls for proposals

The Swedish Research Council has two different types of grants within development research – the international collaboration grant Swedish Research Links and Project Research Grant.

All current calls for proposals issued by the Swedish Research Council

Grants awarded

Funding granted


Evaluation panels in Development Research

Instruction for reviewers

Committee for Development Research

Committee for Development Research

Research supported

Research awarded by the Swedish Research Council up until December 2014 is available in our Project databaseexternal link

Research projects awarded by the Swedish Research Council from 2015 and forward, will be found in SweCRISexternal link, opens in new window

NOTE! Due to technical problems, decisions after July 1 2015 are not available in SweCRIS, only in separate lists on the Swedish Research Council's website.


Contact persons in Development Research

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Updated: 2017-05-15