The Strategic vehicle research and innovation programme (FFI) provides around SEK 1 billion per year in funding for research and development activities. Public funds comprise half of this sum. The partnership programme is important, since development in road transports and the Swedish automotive industry play a major role in achieving sustainable growth in Sweden.
FFI’s overarching objectives are:
- To reduce the environmental impact of road transports
- To reduce the number of people injured and killed in traffic accidents
- To strengthen international competitiveness.
FFI’s activities focus on the climate, environment and safety. The programme is divided into five permanent focus areas or sub-programmes. Each sub-programme is governed by its own road map. The programme also includes shorter-term focus areas that are collectively referred to as strategic initiatives, each with its own programme description.
Board and secretariat
FFI’s work is based on cooperation and programme agreements signed between the programme’s partners. Its board, whose current members are listed below, is made up of representatives from both government agencies and Sweden’s automotive industry:
- Ingmar Skogö, Chairman of the Board
- Jan Ove Östensen, AB Volvo
- SvenErik Svensson, Volvo Personvagnar
- Claes Erixon, Scania
- Fredrik Sidahl, FKG
- Bertil Moldén, BIL Sweden
- Charlotte Brogren, Vinnova
- Erik Brandsma, Swedish Energy Agency
- Lena Erixon, Swedish Transport Administration
FFI’s secretariat is located at Vinnova’s offices.