The Swedish goverment has initiated seven national research programmes. Formas is responsible for three of these – Climate, Sustainable Spatial Planning and Food.
All of the programmes are broad, ten-year (2017–2026) 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.
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.
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 is 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 will strengthen needs-driven research, increase the focus on product development, innovation, dissemination and commercialisation of research results, as well as raise knowledge levels over the entire food supply chain. Formas has established a committee for funders of food research. 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.
The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working life and Welfare and the Swedish Research Council are responsible for the other four research programmes: