SIMSAM funding 2014-2018
Collage from national SIMSAM meeting in Umeå (Nov. 2013)
SIMSAM is short for ”Swedish Initiative for Research on Microdata in the Social And Medical Sciences”, an initiative supported by the Swedish Research Council via its Committee for Research Infrastructure. By giving priority to interdisciplinary, innovative register-based research, SIMSAM will contribute to better public health and increased knowledge of social issues. For instance which factors in childhood that result in increased risk for obesity or cancer later in life. The initiative is also intended to promote improved and expanded use of registers in research and to increase the knowledge of how registry research is organized in Sweden and internationally. Six research nodes and one graduate school have been granted funding for five years from December 2008 until November 2013. Principal investigators of nodes and a graduate school of a new SIMSAM five year period (2014-2018) were announced by the Swedish Research Council 4 November 2013.
An information booklet on the importance and benefits of register-based research has been produced under the management of SIMSAM-INFRA. It contains examples of SIMSAM’s accomplishments and ongoing work in order to improve health and living conditions for the population by using existing Swedish registers. The booklet is meant to be informative for policy makers and the general public and perhaps it will also encourage increased scientific collaboration.