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Key Digital Technologies JU - European collaborative projects in electronic components and systems - Calls 2023

Key Digital Technologies JU is a institutionalized partnership program, an Joint Undertaking, where funding comes from the European Commission via Horisont Europa, funding authorities in participating countries and participating organizations. Within Key Digital Technologies JU, Vinnova finances project with actors along the entire value chain within electronic components and systems, with both software and hardware focus to contribute to sustainable digital transformation. Areas of application can be industrial production, the automotive sector, energy and 5G / 6G.

This web page has been machine translated. If there are any uncertainties, please refer to the Swedish text.

The offer in brief

What can you apply for?

For participation in international collaborative projects focusing on electronic components and systems.

Who can apply?

Swedish companies that meet Vinnova´s eligibility requirements as well as universities and research institutes. Vinnova requires participation from Swedish companies corresponding to at least 60 percent of the Swedish project budget.

How much can you apply for?

The Swedish consortium can apply for a maximum of EUR 1,500,000 in support from Vinnova for a project. The European Commission can support the projects with the corresponding amount. Vinnova´s budget for Calls 2023 is SEK 49.8 million.

Important dates

  • What is the offer about?

    KDT JU has various calls for proposals, RIA (Research and Innovation Action) and IA (Innovation Action)) of a bottom-up nature in line with the current Strategiska Reasearch Agendan for ECS (Electronic Components and Systems).

    There will also be CSA (coordination and support actions) calls for proposals and calls for proposals with specific focus areas (Focus topics) and dedicated budget.

    That's how it goes

    The application process takes place in several steps as described below. The content of the project proposals is evaluated by international experts and, in parallel, Vinnova evaluates the participating Swedish organizations against Vinnova's national rules.

    1. First, the entire international consortium submits a project sketch, a so-called Project Outline (PO), to Key Digital Technologies JU.
    2. The project sketches that are judged to have the greatest potential and highest quality are given the opportunity to submit a complete proposal, a so-called Full Project Proposal (FPP). In connection with Key Digital Technologies JU sending out information about which project proposals get the opportunity to submit a complete proposal, feedback is also given on how the proposal can be improved.
    3. The international consortium submits a full proposal to Key Digital Technologies JU. Proposal are assessed by international experts. Together with the full proposal, all Swedish parties must also send in a joint so-called National Part with a description of the Swedish consortium funding for the project, objectives and how it can contribute to sustainable growth in Sweden. The template for National Part will be published on this website.
    4. In connection with the international evaluation of the complete proposal, Vinnova also conducts an examination of the Swedish consortium with regard to the national regulations. If this is not met, individual project participants or all Swedish participants may be denied funding from Vinnova.
    5. The projects are then ranked based on the technical evaluation and the participating countries' priorities. Based on this ranking, decisions are then made within Key Digital Technologies JU, where Vinnova is part of Abbot project, about which projects will receive funding.
    6. The Swedish consortium that is part of a project application that is selected for funding within Key Digital Technologies JU must submit to Vinnova a joint proposal with a national project description according to separate instructions.

    National regulations

    • For companies as participants, the following applies when submitting a proposal to KDT JU:
    • Company must be a limited company registered in Sweden.
    • Companies must have a place of business in Sweden.
    • Activities in the project must be carried out in the Swedish operation and project costs must be attributable to the site's activities.
    • Businesses must be registered for employer contributions.
    • Companies must have at least two registered annual reports with the Swedish Companies Registration Office.
    • The latest registered annual report must have net sales or equity that corresponds to half of the searchable amount at KDT JU and Vinnova.
    • Companies must have at least one million kroner in net sales according to the latest annual report. Net sales do not include public funding from, for example, Vinnova or the EU.
    • Companies must have at least three full-time employees.

    For Key Digital Technologies JU, costs in the budget and reporting to Vinnova must be harmonized with funding rules for Horisont Europa. This means that Vinnova and Key Digital Technologies JU expect the same level of cost budget and level of reporting for the respective Swedish project participants. This means, among other things, that it is Horisont Europa's rules that apply to the calculation of indirect costs (overhead) in the national budget and when reporting to Vinnova.

    Observera Vinnovas's national rules and special conditions for participation in KDT JU (links below), otherwise Vinnova's general terms and conditions for funding apply.


    Maximum funding from Vinnova for a project is the equivalent of €1,500,000. The European Commission finances at the corresponding level.

    Maximum funding from Vinnova to individual large companies, universities/ university college and research institutes is the equivalent of €730,000.

    Maximum funding from Vinnova to small and medium-sized companies is the equivalent of €450,000.

    The grant levels below apply to the grant from Vinnova:

    • Project coordinator: Universities, university colleges and research institutes: 65%
    • Project coordinator: Large companies
      • RIA - Research and Innovation Action 40%
      • IA - Innovation Action and Focus topics 35%
    • Universities, university colleges and research institutes 50%
    • Small and medium sized corporations
      • RIA - Research and Innovation Action 35%
      • IA - Innovation Action and Focus topics 30%
    • Big companies
      • RIA - Research and Innovation Action 25%
      • IA - Innovation Action and Focus topics 20%

    Information on grant levels for funding from the European Commission can be found in the KDT JU Work Programme 2023 and on KDT JU's website for Calls 2023, see the links below.

    Additional funding

    In order to encourage more Swedish companies and organizations to be international coordinator in Key Digital Technologies JU, it is possible to apply for support from Vinnova. It is possible to apply for up to SEK 500,000 in funding to be a coordinator during the work on the international proposal for Calls 2023. Proposal must have at least 3 Swedish project partners of which at least one company and a maximum of 80% of eligible costs can be financed.

    For information about the application process, contact the call managers Adela Saavedra Granholm and Lars Gustafsson. See contact information further down the page.

    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.

    Any questions?

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

    Adela Granholm


    + 46 8 473 31 50

    Lars Gustafsson


    + 46 8 473 32 12

    Reference number 2023-00175

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