Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE) is an interdisciplinary research centre situated at Lund University, Sweden, with activities covering the field of innovation, entrepreneurship, knowledge creation and economic growth. CIRCLE consists of more than forty scholars from interrelated disciplines such as economics, business administration, political science, economic history and economic geography.
Since its creation in July 2004, CIRCLE has established itself as a leading centre for research on innovation, entrepreneurship and economic dynamics, and is today the largest research Centre of Excellence funded by the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA). In 2010, CIRCLE was ranked number one of nine innovation research centres in Sweden and has been awarded a new six-year research grant from VINNOVA.
In 2006, CIRCLE was awarded one of the first twenty Linnaeus Grants – a new form of long-term research funding directed towards specifically strong research environments, financed by the Swedish Research Council (VR). The Linnaeus Grant, awarded after national competition between applicants from all research fields, has provided the centre with a ten-year research funding.
In addition, CIRCLE has research projects funded by several national and international research agencies. CIRCLE takes part in national and international educational programs at Master and PhD levels.