This is CDI

Challenge-Driven Innovation, CDI, is one of Vinnova’s funding programmes for projects which are intended to contribute to achieving the global sustainability development goals in Agenda 2030.

Within Challenge-Driven Innovation (CDI), we are looking for projects which through broad collaboration seek to find solutions to address the major global challenges facing societies today. It addresses 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. 

Agenda 2030 as a catalyst for innovation

The projects must be clearly based on the societal challenges addressed in Agenda 2030 and the solutions developed must also contribute in a substantial way to achieving the goals of the agenda. The solutions must be novel and have international appeal as well as great potential for contributing to sustainable growth and societal benefits. Gender equality is also an important aspect in terms of the project’s actors, the implementation and the design of the solutions. 

Who can apply for grants, and for what?

CDI Stage 1 initiation is intended for groups of at least three actors, and applicants from all sectors and industries are welcome.

You must have identified innovative solutions to a complex societal challenge within Agenda 2030. You are committed to working together to initiate a project in order for the solutions to develop. The solutions developed must contribute to achieving the sustainability goals of the agenda.

The project must focus on the development of your idea for novel solutions and lead to a plan for how these ideas will be realized and utilised. Other important activities include producing a more detailed needs analysis and seeking collaborations with more actors.

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 there is a focus on 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.
  • 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.

Our vision

Vinnova’s vision is that the programme Challenge-Driven Innovation will become a powerful tool for developing new sustainable solutions with international appeal which address important challenges identified within the scope of Agenda 2030. By doing so, the programme constitutes an important and unique component in the Swedish growth and innovation engine.

The funded projects are visionary, challenge existing mental models and address questions of a systemic nature. The addressed issues are characterised by their transboundary aspects and their need of a multidisciplinary approach. The results contribute to a more sustainable society and contribute to solving the challenges defined in Agenda 2030.

Contact us

Andreas Netz

Programme director

+46 8 473 30 86

Eva Nyström

Programme administrator

+46 8 473 31 21

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