Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation :

Challenge Driven Innovation - Stage 1 initiation, autumn 2018

Closed 6 September 2018

In the programme Challenge Driven Innovation (CDI), we provide the conditions for actors who want to explore, develop and implement novel solutions that contribute to 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.

The offer in brief


What can you apply for?

Further development of an idea and constellation. The implementation period is around 9 months.


Who can apply?

Constellations consisting of at least three project partners


How much can you apply for?

Max. SEK 500,000. The support level is max. 80 per cent.

Important dates

  • 22 May 2018
    Opens for application
    22 May 2018
  • 6 Sep 2018
    Applications close kl 14:00
    6 Sep 2018 at 14:00
  • 6 Sep 2018
    Apply before kl 14:00
    6 Sep 2018 at 14:00
  • 31 Oct 2018
    Decision announced
    31 Oct 2018
  • 31 Oct 2018
    Decision given
    31 Oct 2018
  • 5 Nov 2018
    Project may commence
    5 Nov 2018
  • 5 Nov 2018
    Project allowed to start
    5 Nov 2018
  • What is the offer about?

    Challenge Driven Innovation (CDI) is a programme for projects which through widespread collaboration seeks to find solutions to address the major global challenges facing societies today. It looks at challenges such as the climate crisis and the transition to renewable energy, sustainable consumption and production, but also good health for everyone, and reduced inequality and social vulnerability.

    Our point of departure are the global sustainability development goals of Agenda 2030 and we are looking for those of you who have novel solutions with international appeal and great potential to contribute to equal and sustainable development.

    Funding in three stages

    In CDI, projects can receive funding in three stages: initiation, collaboration project and implementation. To enable projects to work in the long term to solve complex societal challenges, we grant larger sums in stages 2 and 3.

    • In Stage 1 initiation focus ison developing your idea and planning how it will be realized and utilised. In the first stage, the project can apply for a maximum SEK 500,000.
    • In Stage 2 collaboration project, collaboration between the actors and solutions or partial solutions is developed and tested. In the second stage, the project can apply for a maximum SEK 10 million.
    • In Stage 3 implementation is about testing the solutions in a real environment and implementing and disseminating the results. In the third and final stage, the project can apply for a maximum SEK 20 million.

    In order to apply to the next stage, the project must have been completed and approved in the previous stage. New projects begin in stage 1. Each stage opens up for applications once in the spring and once in the autumn.

    Is the offer suitable for your project?

    Challenge Driven Innovation (CDI) is targeted at organisations from all sectors that are willing and able to collaborate in order to quickly develop innovative solutions on a system level.

    If your project has the following characteristics, we would be very interested to receive your application to CDI.

    The solution:

    • addresses societal challenges which are clearly rooted in Agenda 2030
    • can make a real contribution to achieving the sustainability goals of Agenda 2030
    • is novel and needs-based
    • has the potential to generate growth and has international appeal.

    The constellation:

    • is based on active collaboration between different actor types (e.g., industry, research, public services, civil society) and includes all the actors that need to be involved in order for your project to be successful, such as users
    • has a project team (key persons), the composition of which has been determined with consideration for gender distribution and the distribution of power and influence among women and men.

    The project work:

    • has a system approach; i.e., it looks at the full picture of the different parts that are needed to solve the societal challenge
    • includes work to identify and remove obstacles to the introduction, dissemination or use of the new solution, with the help of different types of advocacy and policy work
    • engages and involves those directly affected by your solution, e.g. customers or users
    • is based on a project plan in which the activities are linked to desired results and long-term effects for all three stages of the funding
    • has an approach characterised by equality and formulates the solution taking into account an equality perspective.

    These characteristics form the basis of our assessment criteria. In this way, we can determine right from the application to Stage 1 whether or not the project is suitable for CDI. You can read our requirements and assessment criteria in their entirety in our call for proposals document.

    How to apply

    To apply for funding, you will need to fill in an application form via our eServices portal. The form contains questions about the project, project partners and budget. You will need to attach a document to the application, maximum one page and in a format of your choice, which visualises the project’s logic model. Try as far as possible to present concrete and measurable goals for the short and long term.

    How to fill in an application via the eServices portal 

    How to apply for funding

    Allow enough time to complete the application

    Please consider that filling the application is time consuming. Filling in all templates can take several days as they are based on analyses which you must perform. You should therefore start in good time. You can begin by filling in your information, saving and then editing right up until you send in the completed application.

    Any questions?

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


    46 8 473 32 33

    Vilgot Claesson

    Industri, produktion och nya material

    46 8 473 30 56

    Adrian Solitander

    Social innovation och innovation i offentlig sektor

    46 8 473 31 42

    Andreas Netz

    Program- och utlysningsansvarig

    46 8 473 30 86

    Moa Eklund

    Städer, transport och miljö

    46 8 473 32 89

    Jessica Tägtström

    Hälsa och Life science

    46 8 473 30 67

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    Technical questions about our e-service portal

    +46 8 473 32 99

    Selection of fund­ed pro­jects

    Project title Coordinator Grant Status Reference number
    Improved fertility treatment for globally eqaul reproductive healthcare Uppsala universitet SEK 393 800 Ongoing 2018-03426
    Teaching, Training and Transforming Assembly with Collaborative and Social Robots (T3CSR) CHALMERS TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLA AKTIEBOLAG SEK 500 000 Completed 2018-03425
    Improved life habits in vulnerable groups RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB SEK 500 000 Ongoing 2018-03421
    Sustainable Business Springboard Heureka Ventures (H V Group AB) SEK 500 000 Ongoing 2018-03411
    Production of warmwater for hygien purposes from bathroom graywater GRAYTEC AB SEK 400 000 Ongoing 2018-03409
    Sustainable School Feeding through Digitalisation RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB SEK 500 000 Ongoing 2018-03402
    Agenda for the landscape METRIA AB SEK 500 000 Ongoing 2018-03392
    Peak efficiency 2020 BIOGAS ÖST AB SEK 500 000 Ongoing 2018-03384
    STEM education on equal terms LINNÉUNIVERSITETET SEK 499 000 Ongoing 2018-03381
    Innovative Agile Construction for globally improved sustainability (ACon4.0) CEMENTA AKTIEBOLAG SEK 499 350 Ongoing 2018-03362
    All projects
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