Public-sector Funding Bodies

Public-sector funding is important for the advancement of research and development. Public-sector funding bodies place important requirements on research entities for producing research that promotes sustainable, competitive industry; industry that safeguards the best interests of people and the environment, and is profitable and globally competitive.

VINNOVA is a government agency that has been tasked by the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation to promote sustainable growth. This is achieved by improving the conditions for innovation and funding of needs-driven research. VINNOVA will also support Swedish participation in the EU's Horizon 2020 framework programme and is the national coordinator for EUREKA, an intergovernmental organisation for market-driven industrial R&D. Swerea participates in both Horizon 2020 and EUREKA.

The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth
The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth is a national government agency that is organised under the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. The agency is tasked by the government to promote sustainable industrial development and regional growth, and to implement structural fund programmes. Certain initiatives are targeted directly at companies or new enterprise. Other initiatives are aimed at influencing the conditions for enterprise.

The Swedish Energy Agency
The Swedish Energy Agency has been tasked by the Swedish Government to support initiatives for research, development, demonstration, commercialization and innovation within the area of energy. Research will contribute to the realisation of energy and climate objectives, the long-term energy and climate policy and energy-related environmental policy objectives. Swedish energy research will also contribute to, and benefit from, international collaboration within the energy area.

Mistra, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, supports research of strategic importance for sustainable development. Mistra-funded research programmes are conducted via collaboration, so that bridges are built between different scientific disciplines, and between the research entities and those who benefit from research findings. Research is often conducted in programmes that extend over 8 years, with high demands being placed on concrete findings that yield direct environmental benefit.

Elforsk and Värmeforsk (now a part of Energiforsk)
Since January 2015, Elforsk has been incorporated into the research company Energiforsk. Energiforsk, the Swedish Energy Research Centre, funds research projects via calls in the following research areas: Energy systems and markets; Energy use, incl. transportation; Energy gases and liquid automotive fuels; Energy management in the forestry industry; Fuel-based combined heat and power generation; District heating and cooling; Power transmission, windpower, solar-generated electricity; Hydropower and nuclear power.
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Formas (the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning) is organised under the Ministry of the Environment and Energy and is tasked with promoting both basic research and needs-driven research. Support is directed towards research related to environment, agriculture, and spatial and urban planning. Areas of responsibility cover interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research, and the entire chain from basic research, via applied research to development projects. Development projects are funded only to a limited extent.

The task of KK-stiftelsen, the Knowledge Foundation, as a research financier for universities, is to strengthen Sweden's competitiveness. To qualify for research funding, the universities must collaborate with industry, which in turn must match funding by the Foundation. Funding is usually for 3-year terms. The requirement is that research must be of a scientific calibre that results in new knowledge, new products, new applications or process improvements. 
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The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF)
The aim of SSF is to develop and strengthen internationally leading research environments that are important for the development of Sweden's future competitiveness. Research grants may apply to both basic and applied research and everything in between. The predominant types of grants are grants for strategic research centres, framework programme grants and individual grants.

Regional Development Councils
Swerea's research is also funded by regional government entities such as county administrative boards, municipalities, county councils and associations of local authorities. Currently, research projects are funded by, among others, Västra Götalands Regionen, Region Halland and the Regional Development Council of Jönköping County. Contact us for more information about how we work with local and regional authorities.