The objective of this report is to describe national (and Nordic) research and innovation councils and similar systems and organisations in order to produce an updated account of the systems that can facilitate a meaningful exchange of information and viewpoints on foresight in this context. The description includes an analysis of current use of foresight within the five national research and innovation council systems. The report is the outcome of work package 3 of the Nordic Foresight Forum entitled ''Mapping of Nordic national research and innovation council system and analysis of the needs for foresight and similar strategic intelligence''. The report is edited by Per Dannemand Andersen, Risø National Laboratory, Denmark. Contributions by: Mads Borup, Risø National Laboratory, Denmark, Thorvald Finnbjörnsson and Eirný Vals, RANNIS, Iceland, Thomas Malmér, The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Sweden.