European co-operation

European co-operation in research, development and innovation are becoming increasingly important to safeguard Europe's and Sweden's future competitiveness and prosperity. By participating in various partnerships and networks, VINNOVA can influence the European research agenda and design of the European programmes and initiatives within research and innovation.

VINNOVA is the national contact agency for Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Horizon 2020 is the world’s largest research and innovation programme and an important instrument for transnational co-operation between industry, research institutes, small and medium-sized enterprises, research institutions and the public sector. As Contact Agency for Horizon 2020, we promote the programme, give advice to applicants and follow up and report on Swedish participation in the European research and innovation programmes.

VINNOVA is also the national point of contact for the EUREKA programme (European multilateral industry-led collaborative research) and the agency provides additional funding for Swedish participants. Besides supporting clusters and networks within EUREKA, we are also responsible for the Eurostars programme, which is dedicated to supporting transnational co-operation between SMEs working with RDI. COST, an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, is co-ordinated by VINNOVA. 

For more information about on-going European collaboration please contact Ms Linda Bell, Head of EU Relations unit or our Brussels office.

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VINNOVA is Sweden’s innovation agency. We promote sustainable growth by improving the conditions for innovation and by funding needs-driven research.

We promote collaborations between companies, universities, research institutes and the public sector. We do this by stimulating a greater use of research, by making long-term investment in strong research and innovation environments and by developing catalytic meeting places. Our activities also focus on strengthening international cooperation.

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