PublISHED ON 02 July 2018

UpDATED ON 20 December 2018

Final evaluation of Linnaeus grants

In 2019, the final evaluation of the Linnaeus grants will take place. Did the Linnaeus grants produce the desired effect? What have they meant for Swedish research?

The final evaluation of the Linnaeus grants will focus on the over-arching changes the funding was intended to achieve. These included changes to the system for research funding, and to the capacity of higher education institutions (HEIs) to develop and maintain strong research environments.

In autumn 2018, we started our collection of data ahead of the final evaluation 2019. Some of the data collection will be done in two stages – one for each call. For the 2005 call, the programme period 2006–2016 apply, for the 2007 call, the programme period 2008–2018 apply.

Timetable and deadlines for planned data collection during 2019


Deadline for data collection activity

Programme period

Publication list with the selected top publications

20 February 2019

2006–2016 + 2008–2018

Survey to researchers affiliated to the Linnaeus centres

22 February 2019


Survey to external advisors of the Linnaeus centres

22 February 2019


Financial and personnel reporting

30 April 2019


Case study for societal impact

30 April 2019


Case study for scientific impact

30 April 2019


Instructions and templates for each activity are beeing sent out by email to those who have been appointed as contact persons at the higher education institutions that have received Linnaeus grants.

A strategic investment in strong research environments

The main purposes of the Linnaeus grants have been to create, reinforce, maintain and uphold internationally leading research environments, and to strengthen the ability of higher education institutions to make strategic prioritisations and to profile their research. The investment was also expected to result in structural effects on the research system, for example in the form of a mustering of strength and collaboration, and through effects on societal wellbeing and growth.

The Linnaeus grants were presented as a new grant format in the Swedish Government’s research policy bill, Research for a Better Life (Govt. Bill 2004/05:80).

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