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Strategic research areas

Lund University is Sweden's strongest comprehensive research university and in recent years has been awarded more research funding than any other Swedish full-scale university.

A researcher looking at a sample in a petri dish

In 2009, Lund University received strategic research funding of SEK 715 million from the Swedish Government in order to lead and develop world-leading research in nine different areas. Lund University is also involved as a partner with other Swedish universities in three other strategic projects.

EpiHealth (epidemiology)

  • Epidemiology for Health
  • In collaboration with Uppsala University (Lund 60%, Uppsala 40%)

The aim is to promote national and international excellence in epidemiological research, including with regard to gene–environment interactions, databases, biobanks, quality in healthcare, patient databases and health economics.

Epidemiology for Health website

EXODIAB (diabetes)

  • Excellence in Diabetes Research in Sweden
  • In collaboration with Uppsala University (Lund 70%, Uppsala 30%)

The overall aim is to develop tools for prevention and successful treatment of diabetes and to create a national resource to stimulate diabetes research in Sweden. A prerequisite is a description of the underlying molecular events leading to the different forms of diabetes.

EXODIAB website

MultiPark (neuroscience)

  • Multidisciplinary research focused on Parkinson's disease

  • In collaboration with the University of Gothenburg (Lund 97%, Gothenburg 3%)

MultiPark is a translational programme that ranges from pre-clinical research to studies on the life situation of patients with Parkinson's disease. The programme not only aims to improve the patients' body function but also their activity and participation. This initiative relies on solid interactions between Lund University and Skåne University Hospital Lund with support from the University of Gothenburg.

MultiPark website

Stem Therapy (stem cells and regenerative therapy)

  • National initiative on stem cells for regenerative therapy
  • In collaboration with Uppsala University (Lund 80%, Uppsala 20%)

The overall objectives within the next 10 years are to demonstrate in at least one disease, i.e. diabetes, that stem cell-based cell replacement therapy is effective and safe, to provide therapeutic candidates for stroke and haematological diseases, and to build a strong base of knowledge about stem cells and disease mechanisms to pave the way for future efforts to devise new clinically effective treatments. 

Lund Stem Cell Center website

BioCARE (cancer)

  • Biomarkers in Cancer Medicine Improving Health Care, Education and Innovation
  • In collaboration with the University of Gothenburg (Lund 70%, Gothenburg 30%)

The aim is to develop strategies to strengthen cancer research at our respective universities in order to achieve the highest possible international effectiveness and translational effect. The research programme that forms the basis for the grant approval focuses on biomarkers because the identification of biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment selection, treatment aims, etc., was deemed to be currently the most effective way to achieve positive treatment results with subsequent cost savings for healthcare and society at large.

BioCARE website


  • Nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • Lund 100%

For some 20 years, Lund University has hosted a major interdisciplinary research environment in nanoscience, with more than 100 scientists covering research ranging from materials science and quantum physics to applications in the areas of electronics, photonics and the life sciences. This is a centre for the development of nanotechnology and fields of science and applications based on the unique properties and opportunities offered at the nanometre length scale.

NanoLund website

MERGE: ModElling the Regional and Global Earth System

  • A collaboration between Lund University (65%), the University of Gothenburg (20%), the Rossby Centre/SMHI, Linnaeus University, Chalmers University of Technology and Royal Institute of Technology.
  • MERGE is a new strategic research initiative hosted by the Faculty of Science at Lund University.

The vision of MERGE is to establish and develop a major multidisciplinary climate/Earth system modelling node with world leading science and research education on climate/terrestrial biosphere interactions (including vegetation, land use, biogeochemical cycles and aerosols). This is accompanied by societal dialogue in the spirit of social learning by both scientists and stakeholders.

MERGE website

BECC: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate

  • In collaboration with the University of Gothenburg (Lund 78%, Gothenburg 22%)

The vision of BECC is to evolve interdisciplinary research approaches that contribute to the sustainable management of ecosystems and biodiversity in a rapidly changing world.

BECC website

MECW: The Middle East in the Contemporary World

  • Lund University 100%

The Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW) is a multi- and transdisciplinary research project running since 2009, hosted and supported by the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies. It brings together national and international expertise on Middle Eastern societies, looking beyond the 'Middle East' as a geopolitical region. MECW explores the 'Middle East' as a fluid and transregional concept, focusing on processes, flows, mobilities, power relationships and debates. 

The Middle East in the Contemporary World website

eLLIIT – the Linköping-Lund initiative on IT and mobile communication

eLLIIT is a large network that brings together complementary research skills from Linköping and Lund universities, as well as from selected research groups at Halmstad University and the Blekinge Institute of Technology. The network has been put together in order to meet future challenges within IT and communications in a coordinated and broad manner. Three long-term research topics have been defined and six areas of application have been selected that cover a wide spectrum of future problems in industry and society:

  • Mobile broadband
  • Industrial automation
  • Automotive and aeronautical engineering
  • Intelligent buildings
  • Healthcare
  • Networking in society

eLLIIT website

Sustainable Production Initiative

The Sustainable Production Initiative is a concerted action by Chalmers University and Lund University to produce leading edge knowledge for sustainable production excellence. The strategy is to create a research organisation that addresses three parallel focus areas:

  • Sustainable product development
  • Sustainable production systems 
  • Sustainable manufacturing processes

Lund University Production and Materials Engineering website

eSSENCE – an e-Science Collaboration

eSSENCE is a research cooperation in e-science between Uppsala University, Lund University and Umeå University. The programme was created as a result of a governmental initiative to promote high-quality research in a range of areas of strategic societal and industrial importance.
Collaboration and cross-fertilisation in the eSSENCE programme thus have a dual focus:

  • eScience for disciplinary progress in distributed research collaborations
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration for progress in methods and tools for eScience applications.

eSSENCE website