In this evaluation report the Swedish Research Council (VR) and Vinnova present the second international evaluation of the Berzelii Centra programme.
The Berzelii Centra programme can be regarded as one of several programmes in the second generation of Competence Research Centres (CRCs), e.g. investments in strong research and innovation milieus. In 1995, NUTEK launched the first generation of CRCs providing a ten-year investment in 28 Competence Centres at 8 Swedish Universities. Vinnova and the Swedish Energy Agency (STEM) took over responsibility of the first generation CRCs and finalized that programme. This form of investments has during the resent years been implemen¬ted in several financing organisations in Sweden with an aim to achieve concentration of resources in university research to deliver strong industrial impact.