In the Budget Bill for 2020, the Government has proposed that the Swedish Competition Authority's research grants be reduced by SEK 3 million. The Swedish Competition Authority's research grant will thus, if the Riksdag decides in accordance with the Government's proposal, be largely subscribed for already ongoing projects. This means that the Swedish Competition Authority is not able to carry out any announcement of research funding for 2020.
The Council members’ assessment of new applications
All applications are assessed by three members (the main assessors) on a scale of 1–5. The Secretary of the Council appoints the main assessors following the Council’s February meeting so that the workload is distributed as evenly as possible, bearing in mind that the Council members are of course best suited to assessing their own disciplines. Furthermore, the ambition is always to have an assessor from another subject area in order to obtain a more interdisciplinary assessment of the applications.
The overriding assessment criterion is that the research should be good and relevant to the Competition Authority’s areas of operation. This assessment is made in the form of a written judgment where the project’s aim and method, the researcher’s competence, the project’s relevance and its cost are addressed. Finally, an assessment is arrived at, using a scale of 1–5.
Appraisal of the assessments
The assessments of the three main assessors and that of the Competition Authority are totalled up and divided by four. This means that the grades given by the main assessors “weigh” three times as much as the Authority’s internal assessment. This results in a ranking order and a starting point for discussions at the Council meeting in May where the Council will discuss and come to a decision on the applications received. The Secretary of the Council compiles the assessments made and distributes them to all members prior to the May meeting.
The Council for Research Issues’ annual May meeting
At the Council’s May meeting, the list of projects is reviewed starting from the top, so the highest ranked project is discussed first. The main assessors give their opinions first and then the floor is open.
The number of different projects discussed in any given year varies depending on how much money is available. Typically, two to four times as many projects as there is money for are discussed. All members have the right to highlight projects that they would specifically like to discuss.
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The Council’s overall recommendation to the Director General is recorded in the minutes. The Director General’s decision is not made during the course of the meeting but following a later presentation by the Secretary of the Council for Research Issues.