OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Sweden 2016

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Published on March 22, 2016

The 2016 Sweden Review of Innovation Policy deepens the 2012 Review by focusing on six policy initiatives central to the 2008 and 2012 Swedish Research and Innovation Bills, notably: 1) the increase in funding for university research, 2) the establishment of Strategic Research Areas, 3) actions designed to enhance the role of research institutes in Sweden’s innovation system, 4) the definition and funding of Strategic Innovation Areas in collaboration with industrial, academic and research institute actors, 5) the initiation of a Challenge-Driven Innovation programme addressing societal challenges, 6) improved prioritisation and support for Swedish participation in European research and innovation activities.


Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Overall assessment and recommendations
Findings of the OECD Review of Innovation Policy: Sweden 2012
Strengthening Swedish university research
Linking Swedish research and innovation
Resolving societal challenges in Sweden
Priorities, strategies and governance of innovation in Sweden
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oecd reviews of innovation policy

OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy offer a comprehensive assessment of the innovation system of individual OECD member and partner countries, focusing on the role of government. They provide concrete recommendations on how to improve policies which impact on innovation performance, including R&D policies. Each review identifies good practices from which other countries can learn.

The 2012 Review for Sweden is also available.