The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research: An analysis of its impact and systemic role

Authors: Tomas ÅströmErik ArnoldPeter SternMalin Jondell AssbringMiriam TerrellAnders HåkanssonKarolina HenningssonMaria Grudin

Language: English

Publication date: 15th October 2014

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (Stiftelsen för strategisk forskning, SSF) was established in 1994 and was tasked with funding “research within natural science, engineering and medicine” to promote “the development of strong research environments of the highest international standard and of significance for the development of Sweden’s long-term competitiveness”.

The Foundation commissioned Technopolis Group to undertake a study of two main elements:

  • An impact assessment of a selection of the Foundation’s programmes, and
  • An analysis of the Foundation’s systemic role.

Technopolis Group conducted the study between February and October 2014. Data acquisition included desktop studies; 63 interviews; five web surveys; bibliometric analyses; analyses of spin-off companies; analyses of Swedish funding for research, development and innovation; a foresight focus group and an interpretation seminar, both involving relevant and knowledgeable stakeholders.