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Future attractive habitats - lessons learned from pandemic

We are looking for innovation projects that produce proposals for what the attractive living environments of the future can look like. Innovation projects must have a system perspective and address more perspectives linked to the physical environment. Needs owners must be involved and the projects linked to concrete physical locations. We demand project that can produce models, sketches and prototypes connected to physical places in cities and communities.

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The offer in brief

What can you apply for?

We are calling for visionary, interdisciplinary and site-specific innovation projects that show how the attractive cities and communities of the future can look in the Swedish context, where we live sustainably and feel safe and comfortable.

Who can apply?

Public and non-profit sector, business and research organizations. The project must have at least two parties, of which one participant must be a needs owner. By needs owner we mean the actor who benefits from the solution and who will take care of (manage, use, disseminate) the results of the project.

How much can you apply for?

The projects can apply for a minimum of SEK 1 and a maximum of SEK 5 million in funding from Vinnova. Project duration is a maximum of 2 years. The budget for the call is a total of 25 million.

Do you want to be part of creating the attractive living environments of the future?

With this call for proposals, Vinnova wants to enable actors to take hold of the new ideas and conditions that have been created through the societal crisis that has been going on since March 2020 and take advantage of them to create a more sustainable, attractive and resilient society.

The corona pandemic has highlighted weaknesses and injustices in society, among organizations and in systems. Innovation and developed knowledge are needed to solve societal challenges such as ongoing climate change, growing social gaps but also to meet trends such as changing consumption patterns and behaviors. The pandemic has opened a window of opportunity to rethink how we humans want to live, live and move in society, but also how we design, build, manage and use our built environment.

Behavioral changes such as increased online shopping, homework and even demographic changes such as new migration patterns already existed before the pandemic but are now even more relevant. The pandemic also shows that a rapid change in policy, behavior, movement patterns and new, innovative use of our built environment is possible. Examples are

  • exhibition halls are being converted into field hospitals
  • new meeting places are created outdoors
  • food trucks get expanded seats
  • car-free streets are being introduced at record speeds in several cities around the world
  • the shops' shop windows will be temporary art exhibitions
  • restaurants are moving outdoors.

Within the same walls, street spaces and outdoor environments, there is now a completely different existence for many people.

The call is partly inspired by the EU initiative New European Bauhaus: beautiful, sustainable, together. (

Important dates

  • How to apply

    To apply for funding, you need to log in and complete an application form in our eServices portal. The application form contains questions about your project, the participants taking part in the project and your budget. 

    Download document templates for your attachments

    Plesae download the templates for the documents you need to attach to your application such as a CV or project description.

    Please allow enough time

    Please keep in mind that it takes time to complete an application. Filling in the templates can take several days, since they're based on analyses you need to do. Therefore, start the application well in advance. You can start filling in your details, then save and continue at a later time.

    When you've completed your application, please mark it as done ("klar"). You can unlock and make changes to your application at any time until the call closes. If you unlock your application, you must mark it as done ("klarmarkera") if you want the application registered when the call closes. 

    This happens when the call is closed

    Once your proposal registered, we will email a confirmation to the person in charge of the user account and to the project manager and the signatory. This may take a few hours after the call is closed. If you have not received a confirmation by e-mail within 24 hours after the call has closed, please contact us.

    When the call is closed, you can not change or fill in any new information. Then you can only complete your proposal if we ask for it.

    Who can read your proposal?

    Applications submitted to us become public documents. However, we do not disclose information about the business, inventions or research results if it can be assumed that someone is suffering financial damage if the information is shown.

    This means that we must release the documents if someone requests them. However, we keep confidential the information that we believe could cause financial damage if it is disclosed.

    How we handle public documents and confidentiality

    Any questions?

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

    Lejla Cengic

    Call manager

    +46 8 473 30 10

    Thomas Bergendorff


    +46 8 473 30 07

    Fund­ed pro­jects

    Reference number 2021-01949

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