FOI shall be in demand as a world leader in defence and security issues, thereby contributing to a safer and more secure world. This is our vision and what we try to achieve in everything we do.
FOI is one of Europe’s leading research institutes in the areas of defence and security, with approximately 920 employees from a variety of backgrounds. At FOI, you will find everything from physicists, chemists, engineers, social scientists, mathematicians and philosophers to lawyers, economists and IT technicians.
FOI’s core activities are research, methodology/technology development, analyses and studies. FOI is an assignment-based authority under the Ministry of Defence. Because FOI is assignment-based, we price and sell our services at competitive rates. 19 percent of our income is from government grants (2017).
Some examples of what we do
The Armed Forces and the Swedish Defence Material Administration are our main clients. However, we also accept assignments from civil authorities and industry. Our clients from the defence sector place very high demands on advanced research, which also benefits other clients.
FOI has experts in many fields of application, such as security policy studies and analyses of defence and security, assessments of various types of threats, systems for crisis leadership and management, hazardous substances protection and management of , IT security and the opportunities provided by new sensors.
Some specific examples of what we work with
- Protection from and detection of explosive substances.
- Reading underwater signatures on ships in brackish and coastal waters.
- Measurement of and protection against the emission of CBRN* substances. We also have one of the few security classified CBRN laboratories in Europe that are licensed to receive and examine all types of hazardous substances.
- Constructing models of turbulent flows, such as underwater currents and air currents around aircraft.
- Designing models and tools for adapting society to the consequences of climate change.
- Strategic and security policy analyses within a large number of geographic areas, including – Asia and Africa – as well as thematic analyses- of for example emergency preparedness, the economy and climate.
- Long-term research on IT security and human system interaction.
*CBRN stands for chemical (c), biological (b), radiological (r) and nuclear (n) substances.
FOI has many international contacts, customers and cooperation partners amongst foreign authorities, research institutes and companies. FOI is particularly successful when it comes to EU-financed research. We cooperate with many foreign partners, through bilateral as well as multilateral agreements. Some of the most important cooperation includes the European Defence Agency, EDA and NATO/PFP, as well as the bilateral cooperation with each of the Nordic countries, USA, Canada and the Netherlands.
FOI is organized into five division. Four are research divisions within different expert areas, with responsibility for sales and customer contacts. The fifth is a support division working for instance with administration, IT and communication.