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.



Priorities, strategies and governance of innovation in Sweden

This chapter revisits issues of prioritisation and their relationship to strategies for developing the Swedish innovation system. It starts with a discussion of the types and rationales of research and innovation prioritisation strategies, and the main issues that affect their formulation and implementation in Sweden and elsewhere. It then focuses on the type of prioritisation underlying the initiatives set out in the 2008 and 2012 Research and Innovation Bills. The two final sections then look at the implications for prioritisation and governance in the broader context of the overall Swedish research and innovation system.


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