In this the call for proposals project are funded that contribute to solutions to sustainably create a more circular transport infrastructure that is robust and reliable at the same time. The transport infrastructure means the infrastructure for land-based traffic such as pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle traffic as well as rail traffic. Ground structures within ports and airfields can also be covered by InfraSweden, but not the main infrastructure for shipping and aviation itself.
By promoting recycling, reuse and efficient resource management, a more circular and resource-efficient transport infrastructure system can be developed. The goal is to conserve the earth's resources and at the same time maintain good opportunities for transport and travel.
Granted project will be conducted within the framework of the strategic innovation program InfraSweden, which means access to the program's network as well as participation in seminars and conferences organized by InfraSweden. There is also the possibility of innovation coaching.
The call for proposals aims to support innovation projects that are scalable and that can be implemented and have an impact in the near future. The innovation projects can be about everything from planning, design, production, operation and maintenance to decommissioning and include development of both business models and construction methodology and more.
The projects must be carried out in collaboration where business, authorities, research institutes and academia together identify and develop innovative technology and services. The organizations seeking funding must involve the owner of the need in the development work.
Need owner refers to interested parties who have needs and benefits from the solution and who can take care of the results of the project, i.e. manage, use, disseminate the results. Public and private clients, owners or managers of transport infrastructure, vehicle manufacturers, system owners and construction contractors are examples of possible need owners
The aim is to increase the possibility that the innovations that are developed reach all the way to implementation.
The call's budget is SEK 20 million for the period 2024-2027 with an offer for funding of up to 50 percent of an innovation project's eligible costs.
Small innovation projects with a maximum of SEK 1 million in funding must have at least two parties and a project duration of a maximum of 12 months.
Large innovation projects with higher funding than SEK 1 million must have at least three parties and a project duration of a maximum of 36 months.
The project coordinator must be a Swedish legal person and at least one participant must be a needs owner with an interest in testing the solution that the project intends to develop. It also includes foreign organizations that have a branch or place of business in Sweden, provided that the project costs are attributable to activities of the branch or place of business
Each participant must be a legal person with a unique organization number.
Submitted project proposals are assessed according to criteria that have to do with potential, actor composition and feasibility. See section 7 for more information.
The assessment and decision-making process is coordinated by Vinnova, who hires specially appointed experts to assessment the projects.