Swedish Report on Public Research Financiers

06.09.2007
Six years after the Swedish public research councils FAS, Formas, Vetenskapsrådet and Vinnova were established, a commission has been appointed to evaluate the public research funding system.
Potential for improvements?
“I will look into the councils’ strategies and evaluate the activities they have initiated in order to fulfil their main tasks”, Madelene Sandström says. “Maybe there is a potential for improvement.” Madelene Sandström, Mats Benner and Stine Gerdes are appointed members of the evaluation commission.

The four Swedish public research councils were established six years ago in order to concentrate public research funding authorities and make application processes fewer and simpler for the Swedish researchers. The current system still involves a number of small calls announced by different authorities; the question is why these authorities grant research money? Do they need research based knowledge in order to carry out their duties? Are they co-operating with the research councils?

Quality Assurance
– The Government aims to ensure that public research funding supports the whole chain from basic research to innovations. We want to create a climate for bottom-up research of the highest international quality, the Swedish Minister for Research, Lars Leijonborg, commented when the commission was appointed in June 2007.

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