The government has decided to continue funding Formas’ National Research Programme for Food at 47 million kronor in 2020. The news was published today in a government announcement regarding the second part of its national food strategy action plan.
The food strategy action plan provides for investments of 122 million kronor annually through 2025, with additional investments of 114 million kronor in 2020. The National Research Programme for Food will help to achieve the food strategy’s overarching goal to increase the sustainable, competitive production of food.
“This is wonderful news. Long-term investment in research and innovation in the food system is crucial to achieving the food strategy’s goal of increasing food production that is both sustainable and competitive. Over the last three years, we have funded 45 projects within the programme ranging from research projects and research reviews to efforts involving collaboration and real-word impact. With the recently launched research agenda and additional budget for the programme, we have good potential to continue implementing strategic investments that make a difference,” says Erika Ax, coordinator of the National Research Programme for Food.
On Monday, Formas launched the research programme agenda (in swedish), which aims to transform the food system by setting out a clearer direction for knowledge development and innovation. It identifies several perspectives and themes that the research and innovation system needs to address over the next ten years.