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Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas) Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning Logo


Formas, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, is a governmental research-funding agency related to several ministries, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications and the Ministry of Education and Science.

Formas encourages and supports scientifically significant research related to sustainable development. Especially this means support in the areas of the environment, agricultural sciences including forestry, horticulture, veterinary medicine, food, fish and reindeer husbandry, and spatial planning including building sciences and community systems. The projects supported cover a wide range of approaches from basic research to more applied efforts and within the built environment also demonstration and experimental projects.

Formas stimulates activities aiming at cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary approaches within its area of responsibility. Formas provides mechanisms for the communication of research results and stimulates the public debate on issues of concern emerging from or related to research for sustainable development.

Formas is partly responsible for the Swedish contacts with the EU programs under the 5th Framework Program on Environment and Quality of Life. It also has several assignments related to the urban oriented actions within the 5th FP. Formas represents Sweden in several IEA programs and annexes and promotes Nordic research co-operation within its areas of responsibility. Formas is the Swedish member organization of IIASA, the International Institute for Applied System Analysis.

Program Areas

Environment: Research on basic prerequisites for the health and well being of man, and for the function of eco-systems in both terrestrial and marine/limnological environments.

Agriculture, Horticulture, Fishery and Reindeer Husbandry: Research supporting sustainable utilization of the resources in the sectors.

Forestry and Natural Environment: Research supporting a sustainable use of natural resources in both commercial forests and natural forest eco-systems.

Build Environment: Research, development and experiments justified by knowledge and competence needs for the promotion of a sustainable society.

Urban and Regional Planning: Research and development justified by long-range knowledge and competence needs in regard to sustainable urban and regional planning.

Contact Information

Box 1206
Birger Jarls torg 5
111 82 Stockholm
Telephone: 08 775 40 00
Fax: 08 775 40 10
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