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Strategic research areas

Strategic research areas are major investments in research by the Swedish Government in research with strategic significance for society and industry.

In 2008, the Swedish Research Council initiated a large investment in research areas that have a strategic significance for society and industry.

Umeå University was granted SEK 226 million in funding over 2010–2014 to develop world-leading research in eight strategic research fields.

Umeå University has the main responsibility for two strategic research areas: energy research and marine environment research.

Energy research

Nearly all of our energy today is derived from chemicals and automotive fuels from fossil sources. Scientists and entrepreneurs in northern Sweden hope to change this by replacing oil with environmentally friendly trees. They collaborate on the Bio4Energy research environment.

Read more about the Bio4Energy research environment

Marine environment research

The Baltic Sea is threated by eutrophication, pollution and overfishing. Climate change is likely to further aggravate the situation. The research project EcoChange aims to discover and predict what ecological consequences climate changes – for instance increased temperature and precipitation – will have on the Baltic Sea, and how the Baltic Sea will respond to these consequences.

Read more about the EcoChange research project

Reseach areas where we collaborate

Researchers from Umeå University are also involved in six Strategic Research Areas:

  • Cancer research, Uppsala-Umeå Comprehensive Cancer Consortium, U-CAN
  • Diabetes research
  • E-science
  • Sustainable use of natural resources – Trees and Crops for the Future
  • Neurosciences
  • Caring sciences