Work methods

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) realises the objective of its foundation by supporting research within Humanities and Social Sciences, including Theology and Law. As of 2005, this research has been financed by single grants to projects, post-doctoral work, infrastructural support and research initiation.

Programmes are defined as large groups of qualified researchers working together on a common research assignment over an extended period of time, whereas a project is a more limited research assignment, typically performed by an individual researcher over a shorter period of time. Within the framework of these project grants, the foundation will also promote special post-doctoral research on specific themes.

Infrastructure for research is granted to preparation for future research, such as the establishment and preservation of archives or databases. In the work with research initiation, the foundation grants support to conferences and seminars, and the creation of research networks. 

The foundation’s board of directors adopts resolutions concerning research grants. Grants are announced once a year, except for grants for research initiation, which can be applied for year-round and which are evaluated by the board of directors’ Executive Committee. The preparatory process involves two stages. In the first stage, a number of applications are selected for further advancement to a second stage of assessment. Post-doctoral research is announced and processed in a specific manner.

The spread of competency among researchers in the board of directors and the Review Panels reflects the great breadth of the foundation’s operations. The board of directors is comprised of individuals with expert knowledge in economics and politics, many of whom are professors and members of parliament. RJ holds a unique position as a comprehensive network within the academic community, with subdivisions connecting different research areas, as well as connecting research and other central public interests.

Applications received for research grants are assessed and prioritised in one or several of RJ’s Review Panels. Each of these is comprised of a number of board members and alternates (researchers and members of parliament), in addition to a number of external researchers, both national and international. Additionally, during the second stage of the selection process, applications are typically reviewed by external experts, both within and outside the country.

Each application is evaluated in relation to academic and international quality standards. Priority is always given to applications with international connections. In order to identify research needs and to encourage academic research and the exchange of information, the foundation has established so-called sector committees. These committees are comprised of academics from disciplines of importance to the field of research and representatives of relevant major public interests.