This is how our work is directed
The Swedish Research Council Formas is a national research council. Formas receives its financial allocation from the Ministry of the Environment and Energy and the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. Formas, the Swedish research council for sustainable development, promotes and supports research within the areas Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning. The research comprises basic research, need-driven research and innovation.
The mission of Formas is to promote and support basic research and need-driven research in the areas Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning. The research supported should be of highest scientific quality and of relevance to the areas of responsibility of the Council. Formas may also fund development projects to a limited extent.
The work of Formas is directed both by a General Instruction drawn up by the Ministry of Environment and two Appropriation Directives one from the Ministry of the Environment and Energy and one from the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. The Appropriation Directives set out the tasks which the Government entrusts to Formas. Reports on the progress of work on these tasks are continually submitted to the Government in the form of evaluations, state of the art, research strategies and research programmes. The work of Formas extends over three areas, support for research, strategy and analysis and research information. The result of the work is presented in Formas' annual report.