The Nordic countries have many similar prerequisites and common challenges that justify a Nordic perspective approach to research. Formas has mandate from the Swedish Government to collaborate with stakeholders and organisations at the Nordic level. In addition, the authority has several current collaborations at Nordic level to enable cooperation and exchange between Sweden and the other Nordic countries.
Much of the research collaboration between the Nordic countries takes place within the framework of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Nordforsk research council. The informal collaboration group consisting of Formas, Forte and the Swedish Research Council work to strengthen Swedish participation in Nordforsk. Formas participates in joint programmes with calls coordinated by Nordforsk in interdisciplinary research, Arctic research, bioeconomy, aquaculture and sustainable urban development.
Formas is the national contact for the Nordic Joint Committee for Agricultural and Food Research and is represented on its Board. The Committee works to identify research needs and strategic research agendas and has the objective of promoting a knowledge-based agricultural and food sector in the Nordic countries.
Formas is the national contact for Nordic Forest Research, which supports research collaborations for sustainable, diverse forestry management. Nordic Forest Research is a collaboration body financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and has calls for proposals for grants to support research, communication and the establishment of networks at the Nordic level. The objective is to contribute to the development of ecologically, economically and socially sustainable forestry management.