When the government in a few weeks are going to submit its proposal for a new research policy 200 million SEK is reserved for mining - minerals and steel research. It is revealed in an article authored by Minister for Education Jan Björklund and Enterprise Minister Annie Lööf. Sweden has a prominent mining research according to the ministers and LTU are pointed out in the article.
- It fits us like a glove, we're the strongest university in the country within this overall area. We have the strategic focus and that's reasonable to believe that much of this money ultimately will land at Luleå University of Technology. It gives us another boost in an area where we are heavily profiled says LTU's Vice Chancellor Johan Sterte
In the new research bill want the government to invest 200 million over the next four years on qualitative research in the mining area. The industrialization of China and India will increase demand and drive the growth in Sweden. Strong expansion occurs in the field, especially in Norrbotten, including mining companies such as LKAB, Boliden and Northland Resources. Sweden is one of Europe's most important ore and metal producers. Mining, minerals and steel industries are among Sweden's basic industries and is important for both employment and economy ministers believe. Scientific excellence and business needs of skills are important criteria for their suggestions.
Traditional mining research ore geology, geotechnical engineering, mineral processing and process metallurgy, are some substances that ministers want to prioritize. Research with high scientific quality will, in collaboration with industry, to benefit from multi-million investment from the national research funding agency Vinnova.