The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs at Gustav Adolfs torg. 2009-07-02
Photo: Helena Landstedt
Structure
Published: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 13:18:46 GMT   Updated: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:03:13 GMT
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, is a government department under the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Sida works according to directives of the Swedish Parliament and Government to reduce poverty in the world.

Structure of Sida's Research Support

 

A research council, appointed by the Swedish Government, guides the focus of Sida's research support. New council members are appointed every three years. The current research council, under the leadership of Ambassador Lars Anell, was appointed in 2012. The purpose of the research council is to evaluate Sida's research support and make recommendations for future allocation of funds.

Sida's unit for research cooperation works for development through the strengthening of research and research capacity in developing regions and countries. To achieve this, the unit worksthrough three levels which are; research capacity building in developing countries and regions, research of relevance to developing countries and Swedish research of relevance to developing countries

Support for Research Cooperation currently (2014) has a budget of approximately SEK 835.8 million. The budget is allocated to the following focus areas:

  • Health (8%)
  • Social sciences and humanities (20%)
  • Natural science and technology (52%)
  • Research supporting activities (20%)

 

Medlen ska användas i enlighet med strategi för Sidas stöd till
forskningssamarbete 2010-2014 (UF2009/ 75123/ UP), undantaget
programmet till stöd för svensk forskning av relevans för låg- och
medelinkomstlålnder (U-forsk) samt programmet för stöd till samarbete
mellan forskare i dessa länder och forskare i Sverige (Swedish Research
Links), som från och med 2013 överförts till Vetenskapsrådet.
Av medlen ska minst 55 000 000 kronor avse forskning om
sjukdomar med fokus på fattiga barn och minst 25 000 000 kronor ska
avse forskning om framtida livsmedelsförsörjning.

 

 
Call open: Research Partnership Programme - Tanzania
Sida is announcing a call for proposals for partnerships between Tanzanian and Swedish universities and institutions called “Research Partnership Programme". The programme aims at supporting the strengthening of institutional research capacities at four key research universities and institutions in Tanzania.
"Bolivian universities serve the people"
"Inequality is decreasing and people are speaking about our economic growth across Latin America. This in part has our public universities to thank, and we are very proud of them." Bolivian vice president Álvaro García Linera at a recent conference in La Paz where twelve years of research cooperation between Sweden and Bolivia was celebrated.
Future Earth secretariat
Stockholm is one of five Global Hubs to comprise the new Future Earth secretariat. The other locations are in Canada, France, Japan and USA. Spread over three continents the secretariat will operate as one entity. Sida supports Future Earth and its research for sustainable development.
Sweden and WHO sign new framework agreement for health
Swedish Ambassador Jan Knutsson and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan have signed a contract that marks the first phase of a new six-year framework agreement. WHO’s reform initiative aims to ensure that the organization is well-equipped to address the increasingly complex health challenges of the 21st century. The reform’s objectives are three-fold: to improve health outcomes, to achieve greater coherence in global health and to foster organizational excellence.
Summary of ReCom findings
Research and Communication on Foreign Aid (ReCom) has now published a summary of their research findings. ReCom was implemented over 2011-2013 in a partnership between UNU-WIDER, Sida and Danida. The aim of the programme was to research and communicate what works and what can be achieved through development assistance.
Bill Gates’ cooperation with Sida
On the 31st of March Bill Gates held a speech on the theme “The world is getting better – how we can end extreme poverty in our lifetime”. Hannah Akuffo, the acting head of the unit for research cooperation, sat in the panel which raised important questions about how, where and why research and knowledge is needed for a sustainable development. Click the link to watch the lecture!
PhD student Stella Kioko
Sida supported International Science Programme (ISP) at Uppsala University has made a short film about PhD Student Stella Kioko from Kenya where she tells about her life and her physics research. Sida supports ISP 2014-2018 with 160 Million SEK.
Collaboration with Uganda
Received Letters of Intent for partnerships between Makerere University in Uganda and Swedish universities aimed at research capacity strengthening have now been evaluated. Invitations to submit full proposals have been sent out to successful applicants during week 22, 2014. Guidelines for full proposal are available through the link below.
Innovation for growth
Sida has supported innovation within the research cooperation for many years and the support was recently evaluated. We have now produced a short overview over the evaluation, including two case studies and the conclusions drawn.
U-forsk and Swedish Research Links
These programs are from 2013 administrated by Vetenskapsrådet (the Swedish Research Council). Read more on their website:
Seed funding from ISSC
The call for proposals from ISSC with support from Sida’s research cooperation is now closed. A total of 500 applications were received. The call was for seed funding for 30 grants of €30,000 each with the aim to prepare researchers from all parts of the world to respond meaningfully to the call for Transformative Knowledge Network proposals that will be launched in October 2014.
Meet our partners!
Sida works with a number of partner organisations within the research cooperation. We have asked some of them to describe their mission and share their current news.
Sida's Research Cooperation
has a wide mandate in research support, encompassing bilateral research, regional cooperation, global programmes and higher education in Sweden. The aim is to create new knowledge and strengthen research capacity through the various programmes and projects.
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