We have 15 portfolio boards and one steering committee. Each of them is responsible for making investments within one or more of our budgetary purposes. They are also responsible for monitoring investments in their respective portfolio area, but the investment decisions are made by other portfolio boards.
The portfolio board is also charged with promoting internationalisation, among other things through the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
The Portfolio Board also advises the CEO on overall holistic follow-up of the portfolios and the professional activities within their area of responsibility, and manages the budget funds as they are made available by the Research Council's board. The main purpose of the management is to achieve regular and predictable calls and optimal project portfolios in order to achieve the goals in the portfolio board’s area of responsibility.
The portfolio boards normally have 10–12 members, each appointed for a period of four years. The Research Council has portfolio boards for:
- Democracy, administration and renewal
- Energy, transport and low emissions
- Global development and international relations
- Humanities and social sciences
- Industry and services
- Climate and polar research
- Land-based food, the environment and bioresources
- Life sciences
- Enabling technologies
- Natural sciences and technology
- Education and competence
- Welfare, culture and society
- Sami (steering committee)