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.



Linking Swedish research and innovation

This chapter discusses the policy initiatives aimed at promoting linkages between research and innovation actors in Sweden. After briefly presenting and benchmarking internationally the relevant activities of Sweden’s “knowledge triangle’s” main actors (universities, research institutes, industry), it examines in greater detail two initiatives included in the 2008 and 2012 Research and Innovation Bills: the role of the research institute sector in bridging the gap between research and innovation, and the launch of the Strategic Innovation Agenda initiative. Their main effects are analysed with regard to their specific objectives and conclusions from international experiences.


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