By the end of October, Lund University submitted its input to the Government’s proposed research and innovation politics. The contribution included input from MAX IV. In general, various actors mention MAX IV in their proposals to the Government's research bill, emphasising the role of large-scale research infrastructures in reaching the research policy goals.
The Government asks a number of referral bodies, including universities, government agencies, and other organisations, to give input and suggestions to their proposed research and innovation politics. Here is a list of submitted replies to the Government from different organisations.
The input to the Research Bill submitted by Lund University includes input from MAX IV. It highlights that having a well-educated population has enabled Sweden’s societal welfare, where research-based knowledge has supported innovation and democracy. It also suggests prioritising excellence and long-term and stable MAX IV and ESS funding through a national ecosystem.
“Lund University proposes:
- A long-term increase of resources for the MAX IV operations.
- Grants for investments in new beamlines and necessary upgrades of MAX IV.
- MAX IV operations to be funded by the Governmental budget via a specific grant to the Swedish Research Council.”
Other actors’ suggestions
Various actors’ responses and suggestions to the Government, including the Swedish Research Council, have stressed the need to increase governmental funding of MAX IV and other research infrastructures and establish a long-term, stable funding system.
This is described as fundamental for Sweden to reach the Government’s overarching research policy goals and enable research of the highest quality – “the basis for driving development forward” – and contribute to solving national and global challenges.
Below are examples of suggestions from other organisations:
– VINNOVA’s report “Accelerating Towards a Sustainable Future”
– The Swedish Research Council’s report “Research Quality and International Competitiveness”
– SUHF’s report (The Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions):
“Input to the Coming Research Bill”