The role of Vinnova

Our vision is to strengthen Sweden as a country of research and innovation.

Contributing to sustainable growth

Vinnova's vision is for Sweden to become a leading global player in research and innovation, and a country that is attractive for investment and entrepreneurship.

Funding projects and stimulating collaboration

Vinnova is Sweden's government agency for innovation. Our mission is to contribute to sustainable growth by improving the conditions for innovation. We do this mainly by funding innovation projects and the research needed to develop new solutions. We also invest long term in strong research and innovation environments.

We stimulate collaborations between companies, universities and other higher education institutions, public services, civil society and other actors. Our activities also focus on strengthening international cooperation.

Each year, Vinnova invests around SEK 3 billion in fostering innovation. Most of these funds are allocated via calls for proposals in which companies, public sector actors and other organisations apply for funding. All investments are continuously monitored and evaluated and we regularly analyse the impacts of our investments.

An expert authority with 200 staff members

Vinnova is a government agency under the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, and the national contact authority for the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. We are also the Swedish Government's expert authority in the area of innovation policy. Vinnova employs just over 200 people and has offices in Stockholm and Brussels.