Sweden’s research priorities and objectives align with EU ones for a reinforced added value.

Research strategies and priorities

National level

The Swedish National Heritage Board is responsible for identifying priorities for cultural heritage R&I.

Programmes and calls for cultural heritage

Three subject areas in relation to cultural heritage are proposed for funding by the Swedish Research Council:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Artistic Research
  • Research Infrastructure

EU joint actions: state of the art and future opportunities

EU Work Programmes interactions with national/regional level

Swedish national priorities in CH research and innovation show similarities with EU one’s, especially on digitisation, on the accessibility of cultural heritage, on cultural heritage safeguarding in the context of climate change and armed conflict, and on the role of local communities and minorities.

European actions’ added value

European added value lies in the enhanced impact R&I actions have when addressed at a transnational/European scale. Through more solid alliances and broader networks, Swedish researchers gain a more extensive and knowledgeable view on research questions, access bigger funding opportunities, reinforce and share their expertise – especially through labs and instrument equipment.

Looking ahead

Research opportunities and results are set to benefit from improved communication between Swedish and European researchers, with the objective of avoiding the duplication of research activities and/or priorities which could be addressed at the European scale.

To make the most of the enhanced impact brought by European joint action, Sweden looks at improving the structuration of its cultural heritage research institutions through the creation of an EU Grants office. This would address the need for stronger cooperation with Nordic countries and the Eastern part of Europe by offering support to create connections and networks.