National research programmes that focus on grand societal challenges are a relatively new phenomenon in Sweden. Based on an international case study, this report provides experiences and conclusions about factors to consider in the design of such programmes.
National research programmes that focus on grand societal challenges are a relatively new phenomenon in Sweden. They differ from “traditional” programmes in certain respects:
The present study describes and analyses the process and experience of working with national research programmes in selected countries. These case studies form the basis of a report describing good experiences, with conclusions about important factors to consider in the design and implementation of such national research programmes.
Case studies of the following five programmes have been carried out:
Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia
NRC-CNRC, Arctic program
Strategic Research Council (SRC), focus on Climate Neutral Finland
JPI, focus on climate change
International scanning of research programmes that focus on societal challenges