GlobeLife Seminar: Where do we go from here? Swedish research funding for collaborative research in LMICs after U-forsk

  • Date: –16:30
  • Location: Zoom
  • Lecturer: • Olle Thorell, member of parliament (Social Democratic Party) • Katharina Bjelke, General Director of the Swedish Science Council (Vetenskapsrådet) • Ingrid Petersson, Special investigator for the state inquiry into the organization for government research funding • Per-Ola Mattsson, Director, Department of International Development Cooperation • Martin Hellström, Rektor of Mälardalens University • Raymond Ndikumana, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Administration, University of Rwanda • Stefan Swartling Peterson, Professor at Karolinska Institutet
  • Website
  • Organiser: Swedish Development Research Network (SweDev) & GlobeLife
  • Contact person: Meena Daivadanam
  • Seminarium

GlobeLife and SweDev warmly invite you to a seminar to discuss the consequences of the cut in earmarked research funding for global development and how we can work to ensure that research for global development remains vibrant going forward. 

The heavy reductions in funding over the last 15 months puts research for global development in a new funding landscape. Consequences of the reductions are becoming increasingly visible. The question is – where do we go from here? 

The seminar consists of two sessions with short presentations and a panel discussion in each, on two different themes: 1. Consequences and current situation (14:00-15.15) and 2. The future – solutions and ways forward (15.30-16.30).


In June 2023 the Swedish government decided to cut the earmarked funding for  collaborative research in LMICs, commonly referred to as development research (U-forsk). This was done a few months into the review process of grant applications that had been submitted for the U-forsk funding call that year. The cut in funding has been heavily criticised, and the research community, Universities, Government agencies and funders have responded in different ways.  

The withdrawal of U-forsk was only one of several cuts in funding of research for global development. In 2023 Sida’s research budget for the coming years was reduced by over 50 percent, heavily affecting Swedish research cooperation with developing countries and international organizations such as the World Health Organization.  

Preliminary Agenda

14.00-15.15 Panel discussion “Consequences and current situation”

15.30-16.30 Panel discussion “Solutions and the way forward”


To join this seminar, please register here.


The event will take place digitally via Zoom.

Additional information