The discussion on goals and mechanisms for Swedish research policy needs to be intensified. By providing concrete ideas and proposals forprioritised measures, the Research Outlook project wants to bring new and broader perspectives to thecurrent debate.
Research Outlook serves as a think tank in which the project focuses on a couple of issues at a time. Assembling a diverse group of experts to address one or two issues at a time and study them in detail enhances and advances the research policy debate in a constructive way.
The project is largely a continuation of Agenda for Research, an IVA project the overall goal of which was to contribute to and inform the research policy debate. The project provided new ideas and new, important analysis for discussion.
Research Outlook will provide new and broad perspectives on a few of the complex topics in the current debate: organisational structure, financing and legislation.
The goal for the project is to provide a forum in which horizons will be expanded to get an overview of goals, mechanisms, obstacles and opportunities in a number of prioritised research policy areas. Research Outlook will involve activities to generate new insights and will propose ways in which we can change the way Swedish research is financed and organised. In the longer term, the project aims to provide more opportunities for Swedish researchers to:
• Run internationally effective research
• Offer higher education on a research-based foundation
• Include research “consumers” (the general public, media, industry, administration, etc.) in the conversation on the basis of research results and research expertise
Decision-makers at universities, institutes and those funding research all play key roles in future development. But the project is also, of course, aimed directly at national research policy-makers.
The project timeframe is 2013– 2016.
Gunnar Svedberg (Chairman); Magnus Breidne, IVA; Charlotte Brogren, VINNOVA; Lars Hultman, SSF; Åke Iverfeldt, MISTRA; Birgitta Palmberg, Swedish Energy Agency; Malin Persson, Accuracy; Ingrid Petersson, Swedish Research Council Formas; Lars Rask, KAW; Madelene Sandström, Knowledge Foundation; Ewa Ställdal, FORTE Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare; Eva Åkesson, Uppsala University; Andreas Göthenberg, STINT (adjunct member).
Martin Wickström, Project Manager
Lars Nilsson, Communications Manager
Monica Sannerholm, Project Assistant