FLEXIT

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Flexit

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The Flexit program began in 2009 as a pilot project run by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, RJ)[1].

Enabling researcher moiblity [2] and finding innovative solutions to research knowledge dissemination outside of purely academic circles, the broad goals of the RJ Flexit program are to:

Build bridges between humanities / social science research and business sectors

Facilitate exchanges of knowledge between academia and industry, stimulating contacts so that private enterprises can leverage upon the competence of expert subject knowledge within humanities and social sciences, vice versa

Influence the meriting system so that academic institutions and private enterprises see value in their continued exchange in knowledge and experiences

To show alternative career opportunities for researchers in the humanities and social sciences

The Flexit appointments are a maximum of three years and consist of 75 percent research and 25 percent administrative service within the company / organization. In the first two years, the employment is linked to the company / organization and the third year, to an academic institution with continued company / organization contacts. RJ stands for salary costs and other costs related to research (75% for all three years), the company / organization accounts for salary for the remainder of the employment. The company / organization is an employer and designates a contact person for the researcher. The researcher is located at the company / organization as an in-house researcher but is expected to maintain and develop contacts with academia.

References
[1] Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Flexit. Internet resource at http://bit.ly/2pb5NWZ. Retrieved 14 Mar. 2018.
[2] Flexit researchers. Internet resource at http://bit.ly/2DqiwJM. Retrieved 14 Mar. 2018.

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