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Government establishes the objectives, directions and priorities of research policy are established for a four-year period in a special Government Bill. The latest research policy A Boost to Research and Innovation for the period 2008–2012 has three strategic areas:
Another policy document relevant to all research is the Budget Bill 2012, which establishes the public funding available for the research in the specified period.
Several documents lay a foundation for transport research and set the framework for transport infrastructure and policy development in Sweden:
At the highest political level, research policy is decided by the Parliament, acting on bills prepared by the government and in particular by three ministries: the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications. The Parliament and ministries are advised by the Research Policy Council (in the Ministry of Education, Research and Culture), the Innovation Policy Council (in the Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communication) and by the Growth Analysis.
Two other authorities play an important role in policy-making. One is VINNOVA, a State authority promoting growth and prosperity throughout Sweden with responsibility for innovations linked to research and development. The other is the Swedish Research Council with a strategic role advising the Government on research policy, and providing funding, and working on strategy, analysis, and research communication.
The Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications has the main responsibility for developing transport policy which is implemented by specific agencies: the Board for Shipping Support, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, the National Public Transport Agency, and Transport Analysis.
There are several options for funding transport research in Sweden. The main agency providing financial support for R&D is the Swedish Research Council, funded by the Ministry of Education and Research. Furthermore, there are several thematic funds and national semi-public foundations, providing financial support for research on specific topics. These are:
Organisations responsible for the institutional framework and funding:
There are several thematic programmes, which are funding research on transport related topics. For more detailed descriptions, please follow the links below.