New financing scheme in Sweden: 20 researcher groups chosen

20 research environments in Sweden are guaranteed basic financing during the next 10 years, after competing with 80 other applicants. This is the Linné grant.
The objective of the Linné grant is to improve the support of high quality research that is able to compete internationally, the Swedish Research Council says in its press release. A total of 8 environments are from Lund University, and the others also represent established universities:
"It is not surprising that the more established universities have managed best in this first call. The competition was tough. It will be interesting to observe the result of coming calls," says General Director Pär Omling of the Swedish Research Council.

The Linné grant , which is a cooperation project between the Swedish Research Council and Formas, will work as an addition to the basic grants of the universities, enabling the researchers to plan for long-term work. The 20 environments will share 140 million SEK per year for 10 years.

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