-Swedish research underfinanced

07.05.2003
Chair of the Swedish Reserach Council, Bengt Westerberg, says Swedish research needs increased funding. The Research Council wants funding to be doubled over the next five years.
Chair of the Swedish Reserach Council, Bengt Westerberg, says Swedish research needs increased funding. The Research Council wants funding to be doubled over the next five years.

-The humanities, social sciences and technology have received certain increases but natural sciences and medicine have experienced a decrease. What we need now is more funding for all areas, Westerberg says to the Research Council‘s newsletter Forska.

Westerberg regrets the fact that applicants ranged among the internationally competitive will not receive funding today. The Research Council have for many years had the policy of increasing funding to the environments that do receive money, leavin others with no financing at all. This situation in unacceptable and affects the breadth of Swedish research, according to Westerberg.

Doubled resources will mean approx. SEK 2,5 billion. The money will be used to increase the average funding for the researchers and to create strong research environments in Sweden.

Westerber wishes to stimulate research groups and co-operation. In this type of research the best results are likey to appear, Westerberg thinks.
-It is rare taht individual researchers are at the cutting edge. This might happen in the social sciences and the humanities, but the majority work in groups and networks. In this way, researchers with different approaches can share experiences.
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