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Research & development policy

 

Research & development policy

 

Research & development policy

In the last legislation plan the Swedish government has planned R&D expenditures  and investments in the order of the 2,34 billion crowns: the intent to strengthen Sweden’s image as leader in international research seems clear.

The Education and Research minister Leif Pagrotsky has stated that in recent times great attention has been given to funds destined for research and has confirmed that Sweden invests more than any other country in the world in research and development, as it has the ambition to strengthen the country’s competitiveness at international level.  50% of the funds will be directly administrated by  VINNOVA (Swedish Agency for R&D). The government has concentrated the interventions on three main areas deemed of primary importance for the development and growth: medical research, technological research and research in theme of sustainable development. An additional funding will then be granted to societies for public and private research of demonstrated and consolidated  experience on an international level, with the aim of creating a synergy between Universities, Institutes and Companies to focalise efforts and investments. The government moreover hopes the collaboration between public and private be confirmed with the same efficiency presently registered, thanks to which the large knowledge transfer between academic and entrepreneur world enacts.

The VINNOVA society will also receive funds for promoting and facilitating access to the R&D sector for the little and medium enterprises that currently do not have accessibility to the research and development. The minister also hopes for a larger activity of promotion for Swedish participation in projects in the European Community, with particular attention to the opportunities which the access to research community programs may represent for the small Swedish enterprises.


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