Challenge-Driven Innovation

Challenge-Driven Innovation is an initiative that aims to solve social challenges that require broad cooperation to overcome. The solutions developed under the programme must make a clear contribution to one or more of the 17 Sustainable development goals laid out in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. Projects operating within the programme can tackle everything from climate change and health challenges to problems of inequality and the uneven distribution of resources.

What kind of projects does the programme finance?

The programme finances projects that contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals established in the UN’s 2030 Agenda; that is, sustainable growth achieved through the development of new solutions created by means of broad cooperation. Learn more about the 17 Global Goals on Sweden’s 2030 Agenda website.

We are looking to support projects that:

  • Have identified innovative solutions to a social challenge that requires broad cooperation;
  • Can help us achieve the Global Goals defined in the UN’s 2030 Agenda;
  • Combine social benefit and international business potential;
  • Result in innovations in a broad sense;
  • Are based on cooperation among different sectors, such as civil society, industry, academia and the public sector;
  • Develop solutions jointly with users, customers and other relevant parties who impose requirements;
  • Work to remove obstacles that may impede the introduction of the developed solutions at a later date;
  • Are gender-equal, so that both men and women receive a share of the grant and are involved in the project on equal terms.

Achieving the specified goals will require cooperation among different industries, academic disciplines and social functions. Many projects also need to work actively to neutralise factors that may impede the introduction of the developed solutions at a later date. This may involve giving different decision-making levels within the healthcare service opportunities to provide input or organisational levels (e.g., state, regions, municipalities, neighbourhoods and individual citizens) the chance to provide input in sustainable urban development projects. All projects must take pertinent economic, social and environmental aspects into consideration.

A Three-stage Process

The Challenge-driven Innovation programme’s calls for proposals involve a three-stage process. Only applications approved in Stage 1 proceed to Stage 2, and only applications that complete Stage 2 may proceed to Stage 3.

Stage 1, Initiation: This stage focuses on developing both ideas and cooperation among the various stakeholders.

Stage 2, Collaboration: This stage focuses on developing (partial) solutions. Testing is an important element of this stage, even though it is often conducted on a limited scale, such as in labs and in cooperation with a handful of key customers.

Stage 3, Implementation: The nature of this stage may differ more greatly among projects than that of the first two stages, although the common denominator is that it in some way concerns testing, implementation and disseminating results. This is often done on a significantly larger scale than in the previous stages.

Currently accepting applications for funding

Learn more about the programme’s three stages

<p>Challenge-Driven Innovation (CDI) fund collaborative projects that work long-term with solving societal challenges.</p>
<p>Steg 2 samverksansprojekt är fortsättningen inom programmet för dig som redan genomfört steg 1 inom Utmaningsdriven innovation.</p>
<p>Steg 3 - följdinvesteringar - är en fortsättning för er som redan genomfört steg 2 inom Utmaningsdriven innovation.</p>

Last updated 6 December 2019

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