155 million for challenge-driven innovation

Published: 2 February 2021

Conversion to electric drivelines in the automotive industry, recycling of building parts and safe and sustainable Swedish grain production. These are some of the collaborative projects that Vinnova finances within the Challenge-driven innovation program.

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In the Challenge-driven innovation program, broad constellations of companies, public enterprises, universities, research institutes and civil society work together in the long term to meet important societal challenges and contribute to achieving the global sustainability goals in Agenda 2030.

Now 17 get project funding with a total of SEK 155 million in steps two and three in the program to develop, test and implement solutions on a larger scale.

Example of project:

Next generation driveline production

The automotive industry is beginning to switch to electrified vehicles linked to environmental requirements. It means a significant challenge to competitively restructure the production of drivelines. The goal of the project is to create the ability for an efficient and sustainable series production of electric drivelines in Sweden, through the development of both working methods and manufacturing technology.
The project involves 17 actors from academia and business under the leadership of IDC West Sweden.

Backyard - building houses out of houses

Will create a systematized process for recycling by making heavy building parts available, especially frame parts and facades of concrete and steel, for recycling in new and remodeling. Something that contributes to reducing waste volumes from the construction and real estate industry.
RISE, the City of Stockholm, Sweden's architects and companies in the construction and real estate industry under the leadership of Codesign are participating in the project.

Secure supply of grain

The goal is to strengthen the sustainability and competitiveness of Swedish grain production and associated industries and to increase delivery security.
The project addresses the challenge of rapidly increasing population growth and at the same time increasing carbon dioxide emissions.
The project involves 10 actors from academia, business and the public sector under the leadership of RISE.

Ultra-sensitive analyzes for better health and forensic technology

The aim of the project is to develop ultra-sensitive analyzes for better diagnosis and monitoring in cancer and transplant medicine and in forensic technology for the identification of perpetrators and the molecular characterization of crime scene samples.
The project involves 16 actors from academia, business and public activities under the leadership of RISE.

Bikeable city - model for urban area development for active transport and everyday exercise

Short journeys are today largely made by car and other motorized means of transport. These can be changed to more active trips if thresholds are lowered and obstacles are removed. The idea is based on new technology and organization together with municipal planning, regulations and construction.
Cykelfrämjandet, Huddinge municipality, IVL, Järfälla municipality, Region Stockholm and several companies under the leadership of Trivector Traffic AB participate in the project.

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Jens von Axelson

Programme manager

08 473 3182

<p>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.</p>

Last updated 3 February 2021

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