The call is open for applications in the following five focus areas.
Sustainable industry: democratic and fair climate change in industry
We are looking for innovative solutions for the implementation of a democratic and fair climate change where society takes the lead and no one is left out, linked to the industry's development towards fossil freedom.
Civil society plays an important role in building society's confidence in Swedish industry. Achieving the goal of a climate-neutral and sustainable industry requires a more efficient collaboration between civil society, business and the public sector, in order to resolve goal conflicts without compromising long-term sustainable development. Both locally and globally. The civil society-led projects should reflect these objective.
Examples of project ideas can be to work for knowledge building, design innovative forms of consultation, work out conflict prevention initiatives or propose innovative solutions for ecological compensation and social responsibility in companies. Cooperation between civil society, relevant authorities and industrial companies is encouraged.
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Sustainable industry: recycling and circular flows
We are looking for innovative solutions that contribute to a transparent, resource-efficient and circular use of raw materials. By reusing products and goods, we can reduce our dependence on new raw materials, but in order to be able to reuse these, the products need to be designed for circular flows.
Civil society has an important role in the pursuit of more circular use of products both in the form of enabling recycling but also by being able to influence individuals' behaviors and consumption patterns. To know what products contain and how they can be recycled, we need to increase the traceability of materials. Traceability also plays a key role in being able to develop reliable and relevant sustainability labels. Today, it is often difficult for consumers, both private and public, to make informed choices of a product as it is rarely possible to see if it is sustainable at all levels. This at the same time as the demand for sustainable products is increasing.
Examples of project ideas can be solutions that change behaviors and contribute to increased recycling, that enable increased traceability of materials or contribute to consumer information that encourages and that makes it easier to make truly sustainable choices.
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Sustainable mobility: improved accessibility for all
We are looking for innovative solutions that can improve accessibility to society's various functions and at the same time reduce the burden on the environment and improve people's physical and mental health. To achieve Sweden's climate goals, we need to switch to a more sustainable mobility systems. The movement of people and goods today accounts for a third of Sweden's carbon dioxide emissions. In order for people to be able to buy goods, get to school, work, care or other community services, transportation or travel in some form is often required. This is central to an easily accessible, prosperous and functioning society. The challenge is to find mobility solutions that can improve the availability offor all, no matter where you live, while reducing negative climate and health effects.
Civil society has a key role to play here in increasing the knowledge, motivation and conditions for citizens, companies and the public sector to choose or create healthy and sustainable mobility solutions.
Examples of project ideas can be about efforts to change behaviors, consumption patterns, delivery alternatives or to create more active and shared mobility in society. Solutions that improve accessibility for rural and sparsely populated areas are especially encouraged.
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Sustainable built environments: resilience and climate adaptation in society
We are looking for innovative solutions that can increase the resilience and resilience of society, groups and individuals to impending climate change. Climate adaptation means measures to adapt society to the climate changes that we will not be able to avoid, such as torrential rain, heat waves and drought. These effects can potentially have a major impact on our health and well-being, where especially the elderly, sick and socially disadvantaged groups are hard hit. The effects of a changing climate also mean that adaptation needs to take place to our existing built environment, and are taken into account in future planning, design and construction. It is not possible to prevent all forms of risk, but active and organized civil and local communities will be important in creating resilient and resilient communities. As the built environment and society's systems such as food supply, supply chains and transportation become temporarily or permanently more strained, the demands increase that local communities and individuals strengthen their ability to manage on their own for a period of time.
Civil society has an important role to play in strengthening the resilience and resilience of societies, groups and individuals through mobilization and organization. This may be in connection with, for example, extreme weather events such as torrential rain, floods, heat waves and droughts or other crises as a result of a changed climate.
Examples of project ideas can be the use of premises (and other physical environments) and how they can be adjusted in the event of, for example, floods or heat waves, as well as plans for organization in crises and processes to mobilize society (individuals, companies, organizations).
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Sustainable food systems: conversion of production, distribution and consumption
We are looking for solutions that both aim to reduce climate impact and contribute to better and more equal health and the environment. The solutions must be within the framework of Vinnova's work with sustainable food systems' four sub-areas. The food system today has a great effect on both the planet and human health. Climate change in the food system is about changing production, distribution and consumption in a fair and democratic way. At the same time, the change must not have negative effects on our health.
Civil society in collaboration with other actors plays an important role in driving the change in the food system.
Examples of project ideas can be about efficient resource utilization by utilizing food waste and sharing premises (eg commercial kitchens, warehouses, farm shops), land and equipment. It can also be about new cultivation techniques and production methods for conversion or business models to create new markets and distribution channels so that sustainable food ends up in the food box. Furthermore, it can be about solutions to promote healthy and climate-smart eating habits, for example through new business models in the sports business and collection of data to compare or highlight products with low environmental impact.
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