Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet - www.vr.se)
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.
focused source of funding in the field of VET/HRD is the Swedish council
for working life and social research (www.fas.se).
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.
policy-centred research is often initiated by Government and government
agencies including the National Agency for Education (Skolverket – www.skolverket.se),
the Agency for Advanced Vocational Education (www.ky.se),
the Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket – www.hsv.se),
the Swedish National Agency for School Improvement (www.skolutveckling.se/in_english/)
as well as the Ministry of Education, Research and Culture (http://www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/2063).
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.