Formas is a government agency led by a director general, who takes decisions on all matters relating to the administration of the agency. Formas’s Scientific Council decides on the research funding that we award. The Council for Evidence-Based Environmental Analysis determines which questions we should investigate in our environmental analyses.
The Scientific Council sets the focus and determines the funding to be allocated in Formas’ open calls and targeted calls. Since the research that Formas funds is assessed on the basis of both quality and relevance, the Scientific Council consists of representatives from academia as well as other societal stakeholders.
Our specific mandate to conduct environmental analyses is governed by our own decision-making body, the Council for Evidence-Based Environmental Analysis.
Formas’ work is governed by both an ordinance containing terms of reference and two appropriation directions, one from the Ministry of the Environment and Energy and one from the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation.
Formas is the host for the Swedish Climate Policy Council, a committee-led agency that evaluates how the government’s overall policy is compatible with the climate goals.