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Investigation documents rise in unspent grants

The amount of grant money that remains unused at Swedish universities is increasing, the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter has reported.

According to an article published on 7 June, unused funds amounted to around 17 billion Swedish kronor (€1.8bn) in 2014, up from about kr13bn five years ago. The government body Högskoleverket—which in 2013 became the Swedish Higher Education Authority—said that during this time, universities have been unable to increase their capacity to match the increasing availability of research grants.

The article states that Lund University topped the list for unused funds, with a total of kr3.3bn in 2014. Torbjörn von Schantz, rector of Lund University, said that the issue is concerning, and that there is a need to increase the duration of grants to tackle the problem.

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