The Final Evaluation of the Linnaeus Grant – A ten year program for establishing Centres of Excellence

The Linnaeus grants were presented as a new grant format in the Swedish Government’s research policy bill 2004/05. The aim of the grant was to strengthen the ability of Swedish higher education institutions to prioritise and profile Swedish research to be internationally competitive at the forefront by building strong research environments. In total, the Swedish Research Council and Formas have financed 40 environments. Each environment has received between 5–10 million SEK per year for 10 years.

This report presents the final evaluation of the Linnaeus grant. Did the Linnaeus grants produce the desired effect? What have they meant for Swedish research?

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