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The pandemic affects research funding

Published: 22 September 2020

As a consequence of the corona pandemic, some research funders already in the spring said that their research budget for 2020 and the next few years probably will be smaller than normal.

One reason is that budgets are dependent on share dividends, and since most companies have postponed their dividends, there will be less money for research funding. 
Now the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF, informs that they will also reduce their research budget in the coming years.

To balance this, the government has signaled that they will increase their funding for higher education research, which is also reflected in the information they have released linked to the budget and the government research bill.
It is important that we as a University analyze what consequences this will have for us.

There are new information regarding the scholastic aptitude test. It will be held on October 25, albeit in a limited form (for example, only people who do not already have valid test results can sign up).
Luleå University of Technology will conduct the test for 500 people, in five different locations. I am glad that we now have a decision, so the people who plan to take the test know what applies – although there is a risk that those who do not register early enough will be disappointed.

Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-Chancellor of Luleå University of Technology.


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