Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation :

Challenge-driven innovation - step 1 initiation 2019 (autumn)

Closed 29 August 2019

We support projects that have the potential to solve a societal challenge through innovations and broad collaboration between, for example, industry, research, public sector activity and civil society. The outcome must clearly contribute to the Global Sustainability Goals in Agenda 2030.

We use artificial intelligence (AI) to translate the content on our website. 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?

Further development of an idea and constellation. The project 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

  • What do we want to finance?

    Innovation and collaboration are more important than ever and necessary to achieve a sustainable society. Therefore, we want to finance collaborative projects that become an important part of the societal transformation that is needed and the proposal must clearly demonstrate how you contribute to the sustainability goals in Agenda 2030. Cooperation projects will strengthen Swedish competitiveness through sustainable development and business benefits and lead to increased social benefits.

    Important challenges we want to see proposals within are project to reduce the climate impact through the transition to a sustainable industry, production and consumption as well as a fossil-free transport sector. Development of attractive and sustainable cities as well as social innovations that lead to reduced exclusion and a more inclusive society are examples of other challenge areas.

    We also need welfare innovations that lead to good health for everyone where solutions for prevention - disease prevention activities - and healthy lifestyles are necessary if we are to meet the challenges of the future health and medical care.

    See also to be inspired by granted and pending UDI- project.

    Funding in three steps

    Inom UDI can project get funding in three stages: initiation, collaborative projects and Implementation. In order for the projects to work long-term in solving the complex societal challenges, we grant larger sums in steps 2 and 3.

    1. In step 1 Initiation, the focus is on developing your idea of innovation and planning for how it should be developed and used. Other important activities are to deepen the needs analysis and to seek collaboration with more actors. In the first step, the project can apply for a maximum of SEK 500,000.
    2. In step 2 Collaboration projects, collaboration between the actors is deepened and you begin to develop and test your innovative solutions. In the second step, the project can apply for a maximum of SEK 10 million. Read more about step 2 collaboration projects.
    3. In step 3 Implementation, it is about testing and introducing the results / results on a larger scale and in reality. The work also includes laying the foundation for how the business model looks and how distribution and upscaling will take place for utilization. In the third and final step, the project can apply for a maximum of SEK 20 million. Read more about step 3 implementation.
      In order to search for the next step, the project must have been completed and approved in the previous step. Thus, new project start in step 1. Each step opens for proposals once in the spring and once in the fall.

    Does this fit your project?

    The UDI is aimed at organizations from all sectors who want and can cooperate to develop innovative solutions at the system level. If your project has the following characteristics, we would like you to apply for Challenge-driven innovation:

    Your idea:

    • meets social challenges with a system perspective
    • is innovative and needs driven
    • has the potential to create sustainable growth and social benefits by contributing to the sustainability goals in Agenda 2030
    • designed with a gender perspective

    Your actor constellation:

    • is based on active collaboration between different types of actors and contains all the organizations that need to be involved in the project being successful
    • has a gender equality project team

    Your project work:

    • engages and involves needs owners, customers, users and other relevant requirements makers
    • is based on a credible project plan and budget where the activities are linked to project goals and desired results and long-term effects
    • eliminates obstacles to utilization
    • is carried out in an equal manner through consideration of gender distribution and the distribution of power and influence between women and men

    These characteristics form the basis of our assessment criteria. In this way, we can already decide in proposal for Step 1 if the project fits into the UDI. In the announcement text you can read our requirements and assessment criteria in their entirety.

    Do you want to know more?

    Want to know more about Challenge-driven innovation and what kind of project we are looking for?Read more here.

    Inspired by our project

    Read more about project we fund within Challenge-driven innovation on ourinspiration page.

    How to apply

    To apply for funding, you need to fill out an application form in our portal, Vinnova's eServices Portal. The form contains questions about the project, project partners and budget. To proposal you need to attach a document, in any format, to a maximum of one page that visualizes the project's logic of effect. If possible, try to present concrete and measurable objective in the short and long term.

    Templates and tips

    For funding you who are looking for funding within Challenge-driven innovation, we have collected templates and documents that help with proposal.

    Templates for proposal within Challenge-driven innovation

    Allow enough time to complete the application

    Keep in mind that it takes time to make a proposal. Filling in all the templates can take several days, because they are based on analyzes you are going to do. Therefore, start the proposal well in advance. You can start filling in data, save and continue at a later time. When the proposal is complete, you mark it as ready. You can at any time unlock proposal and make changes right up until the call for proposals closes or has readings.

    What happens after the call has closed?

    Once your application has been registered, we'll send a confirmation email to the person responsible for the user account, as well as to the project manager and the company signer. Please note that this may take a few hours after the call has closed.

    After the closing date, you can't register any new information. You may only add information to your application if we ask for it.

    Who can read your application?

    Applications submitted to us become official documents. However, we don't disclose information about business operations, inventions or research results if it can be assumed that someone will suffer economic damage if we do.

    This means that we must disclose the documents if someone requests them. However, we can black out information if we believe it could cause economic harm if disclosed.

    How we handle official documents and privacy

    Any questions?

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


    46 8 473 32 33

    Gustav Malm

    Cities, transportation and Environment

    46 8 473 30 20

    Jessica Tägtström

    Health and Life Science

    46 8 473 30 67

    Karin Stenström


    46 8 473 31 52

    Joakim Skog

    Social innovation och innovation i offentlig sektor

    46 8 473 32 32

    Bertrand Noharet

    Industri, produktion och nya material

    46 8 473 30 58

    Vinnovas IT-support

    Technical questions about our e-service portal

    +46 8 473 32 99

    Fund­ed pro­jects

    Reference number 2018-05362

    Page statistics