Research and development are crucial for Sweden’s future in a global knowledge economy. To promote a fact-based and long-lasting debate, IVA created the project Agenda for Research.
The project ran from 2010 to 2012. During the project many hearings and seminars were arranged that were attended by experts, researches and public sector representatives. Several project reports and one comprehensive final report were published.
Read the final report (In Swedish)
Topics explored by Agenda for Research included:
Research connections. A diverse range of connections to research should be permitted. All students should have the chance to meet active, qualified researchers in their higher education programmes.
PhD education. It should be easier for PhD students to benefit from the range of PhD courses at other universities. Significantly more PhD students than today should be accepted following open application requests.
Use of research by public authorities. Public authorities with funds for research should review the balance between internal R&D and external assignments, and their responsibility roles should be refined.
Collaboration between universities and research institutes should be incentivised. Research institutes should be further integrated with regional players, and more institutes should be created in important areas where they are lacking.
School and social work research needs to be strengthened. New, institute-like organisations for practical research should be created.
Research funding and qualification system. Bibliometrics and peer reviews should be supplemented by and directly linked to researcher qualifications, knowledge transfer etc.
Chairman: Arne Wittlöv
Project funded by: FAS, Formas, Knowledge Foundation, Mistra, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, SSF and VINNOVA.