Formas works globally in various ways, including funding research in specific countries, often at the instruction of the Swedish Government, with the aim of bilaterally strengthening research policy alliances. Working within different organisations to support opportunities for Swedish researchers to build collaborations and networks with researchers around the world is also part of the global activities of Formas.
Formas collaborates with the Swedish Energy Agency, Forte, the Swedish National Space Board, the Swedish Research Council and Vinnova to strengthen Sweden’s long-term research, innovation and educational collaborations with India. The background to this is the desire of the Swedish government to increase collaboration between Swedish and Indian scientists as India increasingly invests in research and development of strategic importance to both countries.
Formas collaborates with the Swedish Energy Agency, Forte, the Swedish National Space Board, the Swedish Research Council and Vinnova to strengthen joint Swedish-Chinese research and innovation collaborations. Formas has been tasked by the Swedish Government to jointly design and implement activities to promote knowledge development and the preconditions for growth within the areas that are of major importance to both countries.
Sweden and South Africa have a research collaboration agreement. One of the collaborations is a mobility programme for research exchange between the two countries. This has been initiated by The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) and Formas is one of several participants providing funding from the Swedish side.
Formas contributes grant funding for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and is the Swedish member organisation. IIASA is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the challenges within the area of the environment that are too large or complex to be resolved by an individual academic discipline or country. The objective is to provide support for decision-makers.
To augment the global network of Formas and the opportunities for Swedish researchers to participate in strategic collaborations, Formas participates in the Belmont Forum. This is an association of research funding bodies supporting environmental research and sustainable development. The purpose of the Belmont Forum is to coordinate strategies and joint funding of joint research programmes.
The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases organisation brings together countries to work together to achieve increased food production without increasing emissions of greenhouse gases. This alliance comprises several research groups and an advisory council with representatives of the member countries.