Swedish Research and Innovation Office
The mission of the Swedish Research and Innovation Office in Brussels is to contribute and facilitate Swedish participation in the EU Framework Programmes, as well as to contribute in utilising the European Research Area (ERA). The Office has existed in different forms since 1995. Since the beginning of 2017 it is named The Swedish Research and Innovation Office. The Office is run by and integrated in two governmental agencies: Vinnova, the governmental agency for innovation systems, and the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). Vinnova and the Swedish Research Council work under the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation and Ministry of Education and Research respectively. Vinnova and the Swedish Research Council are National Contact Points (NCPs) for Horizon 2020 and experts in the Programme Committees (PC). In addition, other funding agencies contribute to the NCP and PC work. Vinnova is also the National Coordinator (NCC) for COST and the Swedish coordinator for both EUREKA and Eurostars, as well as a member of TAFTIE. The Swedish Research Council hosts the secretariat for the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR), and is Sweden’s National Point of Reference for Open Access. The Swedish Research Council is also member of Science Europe.
The Office focuses on proactive networking with European institutions and other stakeholders in Brussels, including the IGLO network of similar offices and Science Europe. The Office is proactive in promoting Swedish R&I-interests. Other office activities include assisting Swedish stakeholders when planning visits to Brussels, as well as information sharing and reporting back to the NCP/PC-organisation, but also to for example Grants Offices at Universities and research institutes through a weekly newsletter.
Higher education institutions, public sector including governmental agencies and companies.