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Working in Europe | Career Development | Sweden

Sweden is one of the world’s most innovative and research-intensive nations. Nearly four percent of Sweden’s GDP goes towards research and development, one of the highest rates in the world. As a result, Sweden has a leading position in areas like environmental technology, life science, ICT and nanotechnology. The bulk of the research taking place in Sweden — about 70% — is financed by the business sector.

The State and the business sector collaborate through “industrial research institutes”, which they fund jointly. These institutes are independent of the higher education system but often work closely with universities and other higher education institutions. Other forms of public-private partnership in or near institutions of higher education are technology parks and “centres of excellence”.

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Business Sweden helps global companies to establish business and research activities in Sweden.

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, a network of research and technology organisations (RTOs), wholly or partly owned by the Swedish state. The RTOs within RISE perform industrial research and innovation. Some of the RTOs also perform testing and certification., the official source for facts about Sweden. Se business section at

Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation agency, promote collaborations between companies, universities, research institutes and the public sector.


Mobility for Growth

Mobility for Growth supports career development for experienced researchers at different stages of their careers and seeks to enhance their individual competence.

It fosters diversification in skill acquisition at multi or interdisciplinary level as well as offering intersectorial experiences aimed at supporting researchers in attaining and/or strengthening aleading independent position such as principal investigator, professor or other senior positions in education or enterprise.

The programme provides financial support to individual R&I projects presented by the experienced researchers in liaison with a legal entity.

VINNOVA provides financial support for advanced training and transnational mobility for a period of 12 to 36 months (full-time equivalent). Experienced researchers in Swedish private sectors can alternatively be provided with financial support during 3 months (full-time equivalent) for international mobility.

The Mobility for Growth programme also differs from other research and innovation programmes in that the emphasis is on the individual and their mobility within the project and not just the quality of research alone.

The programme duration is from 2012 to June 2018 and there is currently an overall budget of EUR 35 million, of which EUR 10 million is co-funding from Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (European Commission).Read more at