OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Sweden 2016

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The 2016 Sweden Review of Innovation Policy deepens the 2012 Review by focusing on six policy initiatives central to the 2008 and 2012 Swedish Research and Innovation Bills, notably: 1) the increase in funding for university research, 2) the establishment of Strategic Research Areas, 3) actions designed to enhance the role of research institutes in Sweden’s innovation system, 4) the definition and funding of Strategic Innovation Areas in collaboration with industrial, academic and research institute actors, 5) the initiation of a Challenge-Driven Innovation programme addressing societal challenges, 6) improved prioritisation and support for Swedish participation in European research and innovation activities.




The OECD Review of Innovation Policy: Sweden 2016 is part of a series of OECD country reviews of innovation policy.* In 2012, at the request of the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications (now the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation), a first review of Sweden’s innovation policy was carried out by the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) under the auspices of the Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP). The purpose of that review was to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the key elements, relationships and dynamics that drive the Swedish innovation system and the opportunities to enhance it through government policy. The resulting recommendations focused on how government policy could contribute to such improvements.


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