Cooperation for sustainable innovation

Vinnova, the Swedish energy agency and the Swedish research council Formas jointly finance a total of 17 strategic innovation programmes. Cooperation in areas of strategic importance to Sweden both creates the preconditions for finding sustainable solutions to global social challenges and increases Sweden’s competitiveness in the international arena. Businesses, academia and organisations join forces under the umbrella of these programmes to develop the sustainable products and services of the future. Anyone who is able to assist with this development is welcome to apply for funding.

The strategic innovation programmes

<p><span lang="EN-GB"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Times New Roman;">Promotes a bio-based economy for value-added and competitiveness in the bio-based sector by 2050.</span></span></p>
<p>Drive Sweden encourages and supports progress towards a transportation system for people and goods that makes use of automation, digitalisation and services. The path to achieving this vision is through cross-sector cooperation.</p>
<p>Making Sweden one of the world’s top ten countries in the use of graphene to ensure the country’s industrial leadership.</p>
<p>Contributing to sustainable growth and strengthening the competitiveness of Swedish mining and metal extraction industries.</p>
<p>Stödjer innovativa produkter och produktionsmetoder för en klimatsmart transportinfrastruktur.</p>
<p>Främjar samverkan, forskning och demonstration för att fördubbla svensk flygindustris omsättning och öka dess exportandel till 2050.</p>
<p>Arbetar för att Sverige ska bli ledande på att utnyttja fördelarna med att saker och människor förses med inbyggda sensorer och processorer.</p>
<p>Ett av de största konkurrensmedlen för svensk industri och ett svenskt styrkeområde med en tydlig trend: framtiden kräver låg vikt.</p>
<p>Medtech4health supports needs-based innovation in the field of medical technology.</p>
<p>Skapar förutsättningar för att utnyttja de globala möjligheterna för metallindustrin.</p>
<p>Stärker svensk processindustri inom teknikområdet och utvecklar innovationsförmågan hos branschens leverantörer.</p>
<p>Skapar en nationell bas av forskning, innovation och utbildning för konkurrenskraftig svensk produktion 2030.</p>
<p>Sweden aims to become a world leader in minimising and reusing waste. This is the vision for the national innovation arena RE:Source.</p>
<p>Verkar för att Sverige är ett världsledande industriland inom alla områden där vi är beroende av elektroniksystem till 2025.</p>
<p>Möjliggör innovation och samverkan inom life science – från idéer till samhällsnytta.</p>
<p>The Smart Built Environment programme aims to create new opportunities through digitalised urban development. The project's focus is on how digitalisation can serve as a catalyst for change in the built environment.</p>
<p>The strategic innovation programme Viable Cities is a long-term initiative intended to make smart cities a key element in the transition to a sustainable society.</p>

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Strategic research and innovation agendas

The strategic research and innovation agenda initiative that ran from 2012 to 2016 laid the foundation for the current strategic innovation programmes. Under the initiative, the stakeholders active in a certain area jointly formulated a vision and objectives and defined needs and strategies to help develop a particular innovation area.

The agendas’ main aims were to address important social challenges and create growth and strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness in the area. The drafted agendas cover a broad spectrum of areas.

Systematic review reveals multiple positive effects

Sweco has conducted a systematic review of the strategic innovation agendas on behalf of the government agencies involved. This review reveals that the agendas continue to provide benefit by serving as a useful tool for increased cooperation between different stakeholders. Among other things, the results of the review reveal that:

  • The agendas span many areas, but focus primarily on the fields of information and communications technology and energy and climate.
  • Many stakeholders were involved in drafting the agendas.
  • The stakeholders involved have demonstrated genuine commitment to the project.
  • The project managers involved consider the work on the agendas to have been useful in gathering stakeholders from various organisations and fields to design a common strategy.
  • The agendas are still used in various ways today, even though the project has concluded. For example, they are used as a basis for applying for additional financing in their respective area.

View the agendas

Read the systematic review of the agendas (PDF file, in Swedish)

Any questions?

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

Peter Åslund

Programme Manager

+46 8 473 30 49

Vilgot Claesson

Programme Manager

+46 8 473 30 56

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