Umeå University is investing just over SEK 50 million on three prioritised research areas. This is an investment to crank the research up another notch in the multidisciplinary breadth that characterises this university.
So far, the three prioritised areas go under these English tentative working titles:
Learning and brain plasticity throughout the life span.
Mastering microbial infections.
Plant science for a sustainable green transformation of the Subarctic.
The criteria to select priorities research areas are: research quality, subject breadth, potential to develop, and something that is characteristic for Umeå University or this region. The starting point were the 24 proposals that were suggested in the thematic discussions carried out by university researchers.
The selection of prioritised research areas has evolved from the work and thematic discussions that started in 2022 based on a Government proposition to allocate research funding to all higher education institutions based of specific profile areas. The Government has since changed its mind, but Umeå University has used this momentum to develop strategic work on strengthening research quality and competitiveness on a long-term scale.
During the fall, work will be done to plan and start up the different areas.