The 2030 Agenda – A key driver of innovation

The 2030 Agenda is a sustainable development framework adopted by the UN member states in 2015. By joining forces to reach 17 global goals, the countries have pledged to eradicate poverty and hunger, implement universal human rights, create an equal society and lasting protection for our planet’s natural resources.

Common goals for sustainable development

The 2030 Agenda is the world's largest order, which everyone can and is expected to help fulfil. For the first time in history, the world has common goals for sustainable development. The goals are integrated and indivisible. This means that all goals interact and that forces need to be mobilised in all 17 areas in order to succeed. It also means that everyone must consider both economic growth, social inclusion and long-term environmental protection in everything they do to reach the goals.

Sweden's ambition is to be at the forefront of implementing the 2030 Agenda. The implementation will be a shared journey, where cooperation, joint forces and innovation will be crucial in overcoming the complex challenges that stand between us and the goals. The 2030 Agenda both drives and requires innovation.

How Vinnova contributes to the 2030 Agenda

Vinnova promotes sustainable growth by improving the conditions for innovation. Improved conditions for innovation strengthen the capacity to reach the sustainable development goals. Our investments therefore contribute to the global movement towards the goals.

Eventually, the 2030 Agenda will be integrated into all our operations and influence our choice of activities, which projects we finance and how we follow up on them.

We want to contribute to a shift towards all stakeholders working together to reach the goals of the 2030 Agenda. We therefore promote and stimulate cooperation between politics, public sector organisations, academia, industry and civil society. Through investments in research and innovation, we enable actors to develop new solutions and strengthen their innovation capacity in collaboration. We also promote Swedish participation in the European research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, which offers participation in international projects relevant to the sustainability goals.

We want to ensure that sustainable innovations are implemented in society. Our work therefore promotes policy development in both the private and the public sector.

We know that gender equality is one of our most powerful tools in reaching the sustainable development goals. We therefore try to ensure that our operations contribute to women and men having the same opportunities to shape society and their own lives.

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How those who apply for funding are affected

We are in the process of integrating the 2030 Agenda into our operations. We are currently developing the Challenge-Driven Innovation and Vinnväxt programmes to strengthen their contribution to the sustainable development goals.

When you apply for funding within one of these programmes, we will ask you to describe how your project contributes to the sustainable development goals. This will affect your chances of receiving funding and how we follow up on the results of your project. Gradually, more calls for proposals will be subject to equivalent requirements.

Anyone who is granted funding from us will have to indicate their project's contribution towards these goals when submitting their first report to us.

Examples of our initiatives within the 2030 Agenda

Vinnova has always been committed to sustainable growth. We now base this position on the 2030 Agenda. We have started integrating the sustainable development goals in these programmes and will introduce them in more calls later on.


Please contact us if you have questions about Vinnova's work with the 2030 Agenda.

Eleonore Stureborg

Senior operational development manager

+46 8 473 30 85

Moa Eklund

Programme manager

+46 8 473 32 89

Last updated 27 April 2018

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