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Sweden

Research

Updated 10/2012

Legal requirements

Sweden is encouraging investment in research and development, which promotes growth and employment.

Safeguarding the public interest

There are also rules for safeguarding the public interest, for example animal health and public health, which must be obeyed when conducting research.

Intellectual property rights to research findings

Confidentiality laws apply to inventions or research results developed in cooperation between companies and universities.

Alongside R&D, innovation is essential for businesses to develop and stay competitive.

Intellectual property must be protected to encourage research.

Resources

CORDIS provides information about how research is conducted, financed and who the most important players are in Sweden.

Programmes

State financing comes from the research council and other authorities; private financing is primarily from research foundations and venture capitalists.

The Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (MISTRA) supports research that promotes a good living environment. Industrial applications of research results are encouraged.

The foundation for knowledge and skills development (KK-stiftelsen) encourages research cooperation between trade and industry, universities and university colleges and industrial research institutes.

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) provides support for scientific, technological and medical research. The organisation aims in particular to encourage the creation of research centres that can create an international impact.

The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) is the largest state financer of basic research in Sweden. At The Swedish Research Council you can apply for grants for research projects.

Swedish Energy Agency is the national authority for energy policy issues. You can obtain practical assistance and apply for research grants. The Agency offers financing, corporate development and network development opportunities aimed at developing Sweden's energy system to become ecologically and economically sustainable.

Swedish Environmental Protection Agency provides financing amounting to SEK 100 million per year for a number of multidisciplinary environmental research programmes.

The Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas) provides grants for research into sustainable development.

Grants managed by the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS) address the labour market, the organisation of work, health and work, public health, welfare and social insurance, care and social relationships.

VINNOVA (The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems) promotes Sweden's participation in the EU's framework programmes for research. It also promotes and finances needs-driven research and innovation in IT, biotechnology, product development and materials, occupational development and transport.

Special tax concessions can be granted if a company has to temporarily hire foreign experts, researchers and other key individuals.

Applications can be submitted to Taxation of Research Workers Board.

Help & advice

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