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New research policy bill

Published: 29 November 2016

An increase of the basic appropriations and an emphasis on cooperation. That’s two news from the new research policy bill.

– It is good that, after years of discussion, collaboration is highlighted as a basis for the allocation of research grants, says Johan Sterte, Vice-Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology.

On Monday, the Swedish Government presented the research policy bill ‘Collaborating for knowledge – for society’s challenges and strengthened competitiveness’.

The Government wants to increase the basic appropriations to higher education institutions with 1,3 billion SEK to year 2020.

– By increasing the basic appropriations, the Government expects higher education institutions to take clearer responsibility and at the same time strengthen cooperation with the rest of society, improve the career paths for young researchers and link research and higher education more closely," says Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Minister for Higher Education and Research.

She also said that research on climate, health and life sciences, as well as digitalisation, will be prioritised in the future.