Research Programmes

The research programme activities of Formas encompass both national research programmes that are run in collaboration with other research funding bodies and Formas' own programmes within specifically identified areas.

National Research Programmes

The 2016 Swedish Government Research Bill outlined six national research programmes. Formas is responsible for two of these – Climate and Sustainable Spatial Planning. Forte and the Swedish Research Council (VR) are responsible for the remaining four: VR is responsible for Migration and Integration and Antibiotic Resistance. Forte is responsible for Applied Welfare Research and Working Life Research. In June 2017 the Swedish Government also decided to establish a national Food research programme, which is run by Formas.

All of the programmes are broad, ten-year initiatives that will contribute to solving prioritised societal challenges and strengthening collaborations between those performing the research, those funding the research and stakeholders in society. The national research programmes will build on the common national research agendas for the respective areas.

News about the national research programmes


The national research programme on climate will contribute to achieving Sweden's objective to become a fossil fuel-free society and the ambition to be a leading participant in global efforts to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Reducing the climate impact of humans necessitates comprehensive transitions and adaptations in Sweden, in the EU and globally. Tackling climate challenges therefore requires research within several different subject areas, as well as interdisciplinary and intersectoral research and innovation.

Sustainable Spatial Planning

The national research programme within sustainable spatial planning must generate knowledge that provides the possibilities to develop new solutions within all sectors of society in order to create a safe, secure, sustainable and inclusive society.  Sweden and the world currently faces decisive social challenges that we must recognise and manage to be able to continue to build a modern and sustainable welfare state. This programme is based on the sustainability targets of Agenda 2030 and the national environmental objectives. Formas is also responsible for closely related initiatives concerning social housing policy research.


The national research programme for food will be carried out within the framework of the Swedish Government’s food strategy, which is intended to create more jobs and sustainable growth nationwide. The long-term, interdisciplinary research programme that Formas will set up is aimed at strengthening needs-driven research, increasing the focus on product development, innovation, dissemination and commercialisation of research results, as well as raising knowledge levels over the entire food supply chain. Formas has also previously been assigned the task of establishing a new Food Committee for funders of research within this area. The mandate of this committee covers the entire food chain, from primary production to consumption, based on the global sustainability goals and the Swedish Government’s food strategy.

Contact information Climate

Contact Information Sustainable Spatial Planning

Contact Information Food

Formas Research Programme

Research Programme Bio-based Economy

Formas has been tasked by the Swedish Government to invest over the long-term in a research programme to promote a bio-based economy. Targeted calls are announced within this programme that span a wide range of topics within the area. The research includes the production and use of raw materials and biomass from forestry, agriculture and aquaculture. The development of new bio-based products and materials, as well as issues concerning marketing, political and consumer-related aspects are also included as an important part of this research. The programme has been developed in consultation with funding bodies, sector organisations and higher education institutions. Several of the initiatives are being run with co-funding from commerce and other stakeholders in society.

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