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Sweden  [5]  Funding framework of VET/HRD research

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The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet - has a national responsibility to support and develop basic research in all disciplines. The Research Council includes three Scientific Councils for Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine, and Natural and Engineering Sciences and two Committees, for Educational Science and Research Infrastructures. The Research Council is a government agency under the Ministry of Education, Research and Culture.

A more focused source of funding in the field of VET/HRD is the Swedish council for working life and social research ( The Council was established in 2001 through a merger of the Swedish Council for Social Research and the Swedish Council for Work Life Research. FAS supports the promotion and accumulation of knowledge in matters relating to working life and the understanding of social conditions and processes through promotion and support of basic and applied research; identification of important research needs; dialogue, dissemination of information and transfer of knowledge; and promotion of cooperation between researchers both nationally and internationally, particularly in EU programmes. 

More policy-centred research is often initiated by Government and government agencies including the National Agency for Education (Skolverket, the Agency for Advanced Vocational Education (, the Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket, the Swedish National Agency for School Improvement ( as well as the Ministry of Education, Research and Culture (

There are also, of course, European funding frameworks through programmes such as Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig, Minerva, and other actions such as through the Seventh Framework Programme, Objective 2, and the European Social Fund.

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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report Sweden (details see Bibliography)
Editor: Sabine Manning  © WIFO