The Knowledge Foundation is the research financier for universities with the task of strengthening Sweden's competitiveness and ability to create value. The Foundation supports research that is conducted at Sweden's new universities, provided that industry provides a matching amount and actively participates in order to achieve development there as well. The Knowledge Foundation was established in 1994 and since then it has invested some €960 million in more than 2,500 projects.
The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is the largest private financier of research in Sweden. The Chairman of Stockholms Enskilda Bank, K. A. Wallenberg, and his wife Alice, founded the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in 1917 with an initial endowment of 20 million Swedish crowns. They continued to develop the Foundation over the next three decades. The purpose of the Foundation is to promote scientific research, teaching and education beneficial to the Kingdom of Sweden. The Foundation primarily grants funding in natural sciences, technology, and medicine.
The Ministry of Education and Research is responsible for the Government’s education, research and youth policy. The Ministry aims for Sweden to be a prominent research nation in which research and innovation are conducted to a high standard, contributing to the development of society and the competitiveness of industry. In the area of research policy, its main task is to be setting the policy with aim and directions according to the Government Bill on Research.
The Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation is responsible for matters relating to housing and urban development, state-owned enterprises, information technology, enterprise and industrial policy, rural affairs, regional growth, post issues and infrastructure. Enterprise policy is governed by an explicit employment goal. It also wants to reinforce Sweden's innovation capacity and innovation climate in order to contribute to sustainable development and create the conditions for new jobs to emerge throughout Sweden.
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden is a network of research and technology organisations (RTOs), wholly or partly owned by the Swedish state. The RTOs within RISE perform industrial research and innovation. Some of the RTOs also perform testing and certification. RISE consists of four corporate groups with a total of 16 RTOs and their subsidiaries. Two of the parent companies are also RTOs in themselves. In 2014, the RISE RTOs had altogether 2,400 employees and a total turnover of appr. MSEK 3,000.
The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth is a national government agency tasked with promoting entrepreneurship and regional growth. Its mission is to strengthen the competitiveness of Swedish enterprises.
Growth Analysis is the Swedish Government's agency for evaluations, analyses and promotion in the growth policy field. Placed under the direction of the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Growth Analysis' objective is to devise a knowledge base for successful growth policy and to promote the creation of international contacts.
The Swedish Energy Agency was formed in 1998 and works towards transforming the Swedish energy system into an ecologically and economically sustainable system. This is done in collaboration with trade and industry, energy companies, municipalities and the research community. Next to encouraging use of new energy techniques and energy production, the Swedish Energy Agency maintains comprehensive research funding in order to make energy use more effective, particulary within industry.
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency is the public agency in Sweden tasked with coordinating, monitoring and evaluating efforts to meet Sweden’s environmental objectives. The agency also funds interdisciplinary research on the environment and nature protection.
The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, STINT, was set up by the Swedish Government in 1994 with the mission to internationalise Swedish higher education and research. STINT promotes knowledge and competence development within internationalisation and invests in internationalisation projects proposed by researchers, educators and leaderships at Swedish universities. STINT’s mission is to encourage renewal within internationalisation through new collaboration forms and new partners.