Excellence and collaboration should not be forgotten in research policy

Monday 28 November 2016

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Today the Government’s Research Bill was presented. “Excellence and collaboration should not be forgotten,” says IVA’s President, Björn O. Nilsson.

Today the Minister for Higher Education and Research, Helene Hellmark Knutsson (S), presented the Government’s Research Bill.

“In many respects the bill is a step in the right direction towards making Sweden a more competitive knowledge nation,” says President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), Björn O. Nilsson. “But excellence and collaboration should not be forgotten.”

“It’s good that the Government has included collaboration as one of the criteria for the re-allocation of basic research funding. At the same time it’s important to ensure that this does not compromise quality and excellence. Having a positive impact on society should be the goal of all research and it’s important not to forget that,” says IVA’s President Björn O. Nilsson.

Björn was part of the Government’s research commission. He believes that party-neutral solutions are needed because a long-term perspective is essential in research.

“I’m happy that the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) has been tasked with evaluating research quality. But in order to ensure independence it is important that the evaluation is not performed by the research organisations themselves or by the research councils directly,” says Björn O. Nilsson.

A Research Bill is produced once per mandate period. It sets the guidelines for prioritisation and financing of publicly funded research for a period of four years. This Research Bill has a ten-year perspective.

For additional comments:

Björn O. Nilsson, President of IVA

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