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252 million SEK to LiU for Strategic Research

Linköping University can expect an additional 63 million SEK per year from 2012 in permanent research funding. This was the outcome of the much awaited proposal for additional funding of strategic research areas.

For the first five-year period - when the funding is increased gradually year by year - LiU will receive a total of 252,5 million SEK, which puts the university in seventh place among the 18 institutions sharing the new “strategic” research funds allocated by the Government. Formal decisions on the allocations will be made in the autumn and published in the research policy bill.

LiU will receive funds in five of the identified research areas, three as the main applicant.

“The areas are the ones we thought we were going be successful in but the amounts are for some reason lower than we expected. 63 million SEK, however, is a welcome addition to our funds, an increase of about 10 percent”, says Rector Mille Millnert.

According to the rules of the Government proposal, he is the applicant and as such the recipient of the money. In practice, however, it is the university's renowned research leaders who are behind the winning initiatives:

Materials Science, Professor Lars Hultman, 28 million SEK per year.

IT and Mobile Communication, Professor Lennart Ljung, 30.7 million per year of which 13.8 million goes to LiU (partners are Lund University, Blekinge Institute of Technology and University of Halmstad).

Crisis and Security management, Professor Fredrik Gustafsson, 7.6 million per year of which 6.6 million for LiU (partner: KTH, Royal Institute of Technology and Chalmers).

LiU is also co-applicant in eScience (8.1 million per year goes to LiU) and Transport Research (6.5 million for LiU).

The proposed allocations within the 20 identified research areas were announced at a press conference on Monday June 15.

“This is the largest single investment in research to date in Sweden, with five billion SEK allocated in the first five-year period”, said Arne Johansson, principal secretary at the Swedish Research Council, which acted as coordinator.

When the programme is fully in place in 2012 the government research funds will have increased by 1 315 million SEK per year of which 184 million SEK for infrastructure.

Therese Winder 2009-06-23

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Last updated: 2009-06-23