Uppsala University's input to the government's research policy
In the end of October 2023 Uppsala University submitted its views to the government in preparation for the forthcoming research and innovation policy bill. The University is proposing changes in the areas of academic freedom, research funding, research infrastructure, education, collaboration and innovation. A selection of Uppsala University’s priority research areas is also presented.
Uppsala University's proposal in brief
Strengthen academic freedom at all levels. The University proposes that the autonomy (independence) of higher education institutions be increased, that freedom of education be protected in the constitution and that micromanagement be reduced. Another proposal is for labour immigration regulations to take the specific conditions of the higher education sector into account.
Steer research funding towards outstanding research. Here, the University is proposing that direct government funding be distributed on the basis of excellence and kept free of co-financing, that the Swedish Research Council’s free project grants be protected and that new investments be made in strategic areas of research. At EU level, it is proposed that outstanding basic research be prioritised in the EU’s next framework programme and that Sweden strengthen its commitment to the transition to open science.
Create good conditions for research infrastructures of national interest. The University is urging development of a comprehensive national strategy and a long-term funding model for research infrastructure. Two other proposals are to coordinate national digital research infrastructure at just one public authority and to secure funding for the digitalisation of Swedish print media.
Provide the conditions for education of the highest quality and relevance. The University is proposing that the allowance per student in all areas of education be raised to ensure the quality of education. They also suggest expanding higher education with permanent places.
Remove barriers to collaboration and innovation. Among other things, it is proposed that ULF (practice-based research in collaboration) be made permanent and that forms of collaboration should move towards simpler structures and less administration.