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Sweden’s government this month released its newest research policy bill that, in a 10 year perspective, will direct research to take on societal challenges, strengthen competitiveness and promote innovation.
Focusing on measures to impact the nearer future in the period 2017-2020, key priority areas include ‘increased basic appropriations for higher education, initiatives in research linked to societal challenges and increased resources to strengthen Sweden’s innovative capacities’
To strengthen Sweden in its endeavours to be a “ leading knowledge nation’’, government has increased the research and innovation budget by 3 billion SEK (about EUR 307 million) till 2020, of which higher education will see a much awaited 1.3 billion SEK (about EUR 133 million).
Concretely, key objectives that government takes to support this long –term strategy for the future role of research, include:
This new bill is to capture government’s vision for research in the coming decade, reflecting in its title- ‘’collaborating for knowledge – for society’s challenges and strengthened competitiveness’’- ambitions to ultimately meet contemporary challenges in a globalized setting through enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration between higher education, business and society at large.Government Offices of Sweden – Press release