The Swedish Research Council is a government agency within the Ministry of Education and Research. We fund research and research infrastructure in all scientific disciplines. We are also advisors to the Government on research policy issues and work to increase understanding of the long-term societal benefits of research. The Swedish Research Council is the largest public funding body for research at Swedish universities and higher education institutions. We fund research within all scientific disciplines by issuing calls for grant applications in open competition. Each year, the approximately 800 researchers who sit on our review panels deal with about 6 000 research applications. Each year, we award more than 6 billion SEK to fund Swedish research. We have a mandate to advise the Government on research policy issues. We analyse and monitor the research system and the terms and conditions of research, and give advice on future research policy. We also work in various ways to stimulate international research collaboration – at national level, at public authority level, and for the individual researcher.