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Transformation of an industry or a social phenomenon in the wake of the pandemic in the autumn of 2021

Closed on 28 September 2021 at 2PM

Vinnova opens a call for proposals for the conversion of an industry or a social phenomenon in the wake of the pandemic. The purpose is to meet challenges and capture opportunities that society now faces. With this effort, Vinnova wants to help take advantage of the tough time that the pandemic entails to rearrange designated industries and areas for the future. We want to give support to initiatives that have potential to support society in a challenging time through innovation.

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The offer in brief

What can you apply for?

Project which is based on the new needs that arise due to the pandemic and contributes to change, where a first solution is ready in 6-12 months. Applications must be in the areas of: collective travel, culture, remote rehabilitation, social unrest.

Who can apply?

Project about at least two actors, one of whom must be a developing actor and 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?

It is possible to apply for a maximum of SEK 1 million per project. Eligibility requirements on co-financing may exist. The call will have two applications, one in the spring and one in the autumn.

Important dates

  • The call in detail

    • Support for writing a correct proposal

      We offer support for writing a correct proposal (so-called "writing cabin"). It is mainly about us explaining our formal term but also that we answer your other questions. The support concerns rules and the term, not the content of your proposal.

      On this page we list information about chat / video meeting given the week before application date.

      Upcoming opportunities for "writing cabin"
      • Tuesday 14/9, 10-11 ( link to MS Teams-möte)
      • Måndag 20/9, 10-11 ( link to MS Teams-möte)
      • Fredag 24/9, 10-11 ( link to MS Teams-möte)

      Checklista for a correct proposal

      The following points are selected important tips. We recommend that you read the entire description of the call.

      In order for your proposal to be assessed, it needs to follow the instructions for the call. Applications that are not properly designed will not be forwarded to assessment.

      Check in particular:

      • That proposal clearly belongs within one of the specified focus areas.
      • All parties to the proposal are legal entities. Individual companies are not approved. Companies must be active and have an organization proposal when the proposal is submitted.
      • The appendix for the project description must not exceed 5 pages. The template is mandatory.
      • The appendix for the CV must not exceed 3 pages. The template is mandatory.
      • Only accepted appendices are project description and CV.
      • The attachments must use the templates linked from this page. No custom formats of attachments are accepted. The templates should be used without editing fonts or margins.
    • With this effort, Vinnova wants to contribute to utilizing the tough time that the pandemic entails to rearrange designated industries or areas for the future. We want to provide support for initiatives that have the potential to support society in a challenging time through innovation.

      The initiative is aimed at actors and areas where new solutions can be applied in the foreseeable future, and where use can lead to a rapid transformation of an industry or a societal phenomenon. Solutions must make a difference within 6–12 months.

      The focus is on both societal benefits and economic recovery.

      Vinnova has the task of promoting sustainable growth by improving the conditions for innovation. Improved conditions for innovation strengthen the capacity to achieve the goals for sustainable development in Agenda 2030. Through our efforts, we contribute to the global commitment to achieve the goals.

      Our work to contribute to the goals in Agenda 2030

      Gender equality is a prerequisite for sustainable growth and is found in Agenda 2030 as an objective in itself, but also as a perspective that should permeate the work with all objective. The call must therefore contribute to an equal development of society linked to two main perspectives:

      • One perspective is that both women and men take part in the grant and participate in and have influence over the project in an equal way.
      • The second perspective is about the project analyzing and deciding whether there are gender equality aspects (gender or gender) that are relevant within the solution's problem area and utilization.

      Equal innovation for those seeking funding

    • The call is open to applications only in the following areas:

      Culture & hospitality industry

      The cultural and creative industries are not only a very important source of growth and employment, but also a driving force for innovation. The cultural sector reduces people's sense of isolation during the pandemic. Culture gives meaning and helps people's involvement in the new normal life.

      But the sector has been hit hard by Covid-19. The closure of museums, theaters, concert halls, cinemas, festivals, art galleries, libraries, restaurants left many without functioning activities. Likewise for artists and the hospitality industry.

      The call is for applications based on the new needs and opportunities arising from the pandemic. Project will be through innovation create a transition that leads to a financially sustainable renewal activities in the arts and cultural enterprises. Art and culture companies refer to those who have culture-creating or other creative processes as a supporting part of their business idea or as a raw material.

      The support is limited to activities that are conducted permanently as a professional activity.

      Collective travel

      All national and regional strategies in the transport sector has the objective to increase transit ridership. By public transport is meant various forms of shared mobility. It includes traditional public transport such as bus and train but also taxi, shared car or bicycle, rental car, etc.

      During the pandemic, public transport has been exposed to major challenges, which has meant that users and suppliers have been forced to make other choices and priorities. These are challenges such as congestion, flexibility, punctuality and attractiveness to compete with private car travel. The solutions to these challenges will be as important during as after the pandemic. The restart we are facing may thus mean new opportunities for shared mobility.

      The call welcomes applications that highlight new ideas, perspectives and solutions, about what may come after the pandemic. It is central that the solutions contribute to a healthy and climate-neutral mobility system.

      It is in this track positive if the needs owner is active in the implementation of the project (but not a formal eligibility requirements). Applicant in the public transport area can as inspiration read Restart for public transport - ideas for a sustainable future.

      The following issues are highlighted as particularly important in the call: safe and flexible travel, reduced congestion, better information that enables better planning.

      Rehabilitation at a distance

      There is an extensive digitalisation in health care. During the pandemic, the area has seen a transformation similar to that in society in general; the use of alternative meetings has increased. Telephone for a first contact and counseling has long been used between patient and care. Later features are digital aids such as video conferencing and chat. Solutions that work remotely are currently given increased priority. It is initially about reduced direct contact but also to create more or better choices, where it is justified and provides benefits for both the patient and the care.

      It is not easy to observe processes when changes occur slowly over time, something that is common in self-care. Patients may find it difficult to follow the prescribed exercises on their own. Digital solutions can provide better compliance, increase motivation, but also provide a measurability of progress and create a basis that health care can use for further treatment.

      In this call for proposals, we welcome applications focused on remote rehabilitation. There are advantages to an individualized treatment in the patient's term and adapted to the prevailing conditions. Better balancing between the patient's own efforts and the health care efforts can provide great benefits, for quality, well-being and efficiency.

      Social oro

      A societal crisis such as the one during the pandemic creates, directly or indirectly, various forms of negative impact on groups of individuals. Many of these phenomena have a partially hidden course and are often only observed afterwards by national statistics or by other observations.

      It is the serious consequences that follow from, for example, increased loneliness or relational conflicts that become the problem you need to deal with. The direct impact of a societal crisis is seldom possible to prevent, but one must focus on dealing with the negative consequences in a better way.

      The call welcomes applications that contribute to change in order to better understand and manage changes due to social unrest. This effort welcomes approaches that are based on innovation and that in the near future intend to develop and implement a new solution.

      The following issues are highlighted as particularly important in the call: increased loneliness and relational conflicts.

    • With the call, we target initiatives that, through collaboration, mobilize for innovation for a sustainable future. Support is only given to project that address the new challenges we see today in connection with the corona epidemic.

      The initiative is aimed at actors who:

      • has capacity and capacity to develop and apply innovative solutions in the near future, and where the use can lead to a rapid transformation of an industry or a social phenomenon,
      • ,can test its solution within the framework of the project together with a need owner,
      • has a solution with a high degree of innovation,that is a high degree of originality and renewal.

      The projects must at least consist of two actively participating parties, of which at least one must be a needs owner.

      What do we mean by needy?

      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. The need owner must show that the need is real and urgent, that the project has the conditions to scale and spread the solution to many, that the solution makes a difference and is motivated due to the crisis.

      Due to the high search pressure, we like to see a needs owner represent several actors or a larger area.

    • Activities for funding can be applied for

      • Development initiatives for change in society, activities and production.
      • Design of prototypes, testing and validation of adapted or improved products, processes or services in environments that correspond to realistic operating conditions.
      • Participation in a joint activity to practically demonstrate their solutions.

      Proposal must have a clear innovation aspect. Support cannot go to operations and business support.

      Eligible costs

      Our funding is through funding. Funding for organizations that conduct financial activities covered by rules on state support.

      The rules govern, among other things, the types of costs and the proportion of them that may be covered by funding.

      Government support for financial activities (companies)

      Rules for which costs are eligible

      Read more about which costs are eligible in the Instructions for eligible costs.

      Read more about our support levels in Support levels, definitions and more for funding according to Vinnova's support scheme

      The activities for which you are funding for funding are probably activities under the definitions of "industrial research" and "experimental development" according to Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 and which are described on Vinnova's website.

      Companies with a need for higher aid intensity than is possible according to the above definitions can apply for support of minor importance provided that the applicant can receive such support (EU no. 1407/2013). In order to show that such support can be received, each party granted support must submit a certificate showing that this is the case. Certificates must only be sent at the request of Vinnova.

      Vinnova does not finance routine changes to existing goods, manufacturing methods, manufacturing processes, services or other ongoing activities. Furthermore, marketing and sales or ongoing operations are not financed.

    • Funding can amount to a maximum of SEK 1 million per project.

    • We will only assess applications that meet the following formal eligibility requirements:

      • At least two active project partners, of which at least one needs owner (for the focus area collective travel, it is positive if the needs owner is active in the project implementation, but not an eligibility requirements).
      • Project partners must be legal entities and the beneficiary must have a branch or place of business in Sweden.
      • Proposal be within one of the focus areas described in this call text.
      • Proposal contains all mandatory appendices (designed according to Mandatory appendices). No other attachments are allowed.

      Mandatory attachments

      NOTE! Applications containing other annexes, which do not use the mandatory templates or which are longer in scope than indicated below will not be assessed.

      • Project description:Write in Swedish or English. Use fonts with a size of 12 dots. The description may comprise a maximum of 5 pages.
      • Curriculum vitae: Attach a curriculum vitae (CV) per proposal, which describes the project manager and relevant people. The curriculum vitae may comprise a maximum of 3 pages in total per proposal.

      Mandatory templates can be found further down this page.

    • What do we assess?


      • Potential to exploit the potential of the crisis to transform an industry or an area.
      • The height of innovation of the proposed solution.
      • Potential to solve the addressed problem in the near future.
      • The potential project results to contribute to sustainability in the restructured industry or area.


      • Needs owners who demand the solution and their ability to manage, use, and disseminate the results to more people.
      • Balance in the distribution of responsibilities and efforts between project parties.
      • How well the team is composed in terms of gender distribution, as well as the distribution of power and influence between women and men.


      • That the project can be completed in 12 months and that the solution can make a difference within 6–12 months.
      • That the actors have the capacity to carry out the project and that the commitment does not negatively affect an activities that is already burdened.
      • How realistic the project plan and budget are in relation to the objective.
      • Access to other / own funding for implementation.
      • How well gender equality aspects are integrated into the project plan.

      How do we rate?

      Applications will be assessed according to the criteria potential, feasibility and actors by specially appointed evaluator. Applications are judged in competition.

      Vinnova intends to finance a diversified portfolio with a balance of actors, areas and project orientations.

    • The decision date and project start is tentatively one month after each application.

      Two rounds are planned.

      • First application opportunity: 2021-05-11, at 14:00
      • Second application opportunity: 2021-09-28, at 14:00

      About our decisions

      How much each party in the project is granted in funding stated in the decision. Funding will be granted with the support of "industrial research", "experimental development" or support of minor importance ". The basis for support is stated in the decision and also governs which costs are eligible.

      Our decision to grant or reject a proposal is not subject to appeal.

      Term for granted funding

      For funding, our general terms and conditions for fundingapply. The terms and conditions include rules on project agreements, conditions for payment, follow-up, reporting and utilization of results.

      Our rules and term for funding

      special conditionsalso apply to everyone who is granted funding

      • The projects will in a joint activity demonstrate their solutions in a real environment. Vinnova will indicate the place and time for the joint activity.

      Additional special conditions can be determined for individual project.

      If you do not follow our term, you may be liable for a refund. This also applies if you have been granted funding incorrectly or with funding

    • Date
      18 May 2021
      First version

    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.

    Erik Borälv

    Call manager

    +46 8 473 32 22

    Karin Axelius-Edgren

    Administrativa frågor

    +46 8 473 31 10

    Fund­ed pro­jects

    Reference number 2021-02297

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