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Two cutting-edge research centres get continued funding

Two of Linnaeus University’s six cutting-edge research centres, Linnaeus University Centre for Biomaterials Chemistry (BMC) and Linnaeus University Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies (IMS), have been granted continued funding. BMC gets SEK 5.4 million divided over three years and IMS gets SEK 11.8 million divided over five years. The decision has been made by the vice-chancellor following an external evaluation of the two centres.

“The evaluation shows that the research at the two centres is of the high international standard it should be. They continue to develop and renew their areas of knowledge to the benefit of research, education, and society”, says Peter Aronsson, vice-chancellor at Linnaeus University.

Linnaeus University Centre for Biomaterials Chemistry (BMC) is active within the field of biomaterials chemistry and work with development and application of materials that can imitate and/or be integrated into biological systems, for instance, the human body. The centre was evaluated in 2017, after its first five years of activity, and was then granted funding for another two years, 2018–2019. The centre now receives a total of SEK 5.4 million in funding for another three years, 2020–2022, on condition that the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences provides at least SEK 10.7 million in funding to the centre during the same period.

“We are, of course, very happy about this! This is a quality mark for the work we have done during the last few years, with high-quality publications and good external funding. We want to continue this work with the same level of quality and, among other things, recruit and support younger members of staff to secure the regrowth”, says Kristina Nilsson-Ekdahl, research manager for MBC.

Linnaeus University Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies (IMS) carries out research on relations and interactions between different types of media, with focus on general literary studies, media and communication science, linguistics, musicology, film studies, and art history. The centre receives a total of SEK 11.8 million in funding for another five-year period. Also here on condition that the faculty to which the centre belongs – the Faculty of Arts and Humanities – provides funding to the centre during the same period, at least SEK 23.6 million.

“The continued funding is crucial in order for us to be able to continue our long-term build-up of knowledge, research collaborations, and contacts with different actors in society. We can now continue to specialise in the research questions we have developed jointly at the centre. We know that we are being watched and we will do our very best to meet the high expectations”, says Lars Elleström, research manager at IMS.

About Linnaeus University Centres
Linnaeus University Centres (Lnuc) constitute the most prominent of Linnaeus University’s research environments. The research carried out within these six centres should be of the highest quality and have national as well as international recognition. The centres are funded by the faculties and through specially allocated funds from the University Board, decided on by the vice-chancellor.