The strategic innovation programs will contribute to sustainability and competitiveness for Swedish companies.
According to the government assignment, the next generation innovation program must have a clear direction towards sustainable change in strategically important areas for Sweden. The programs will also contribute to increased knowledge and strategic initiatives for strengthened international cooperation both within the EU and globally.
- I am extremely pleased that Vinnova, together with Formas and the Swedish Energy Agency, will now be given the important task of designing the strategic innovation program of the future. Together, we can shape programme that drive sustainable change, says Darja Isaksson, Vinnova.
The assignment to the authorities is based on the Government's research and innovation bill. Here it is stated, among other things, that the programs must address areas with broad societal relevance based on the sustainability goals in Agenda 2030.
Current strategic innovation programs are successful
There are experiences and lessons to be learned from the work with the current 17 strategic innovation programs that will be valuable in the work. Evaluations show that the actor-driven programs contribute to significant concentration of forces in their areas, more actors from different parts of society collaborate and new innovations and processes emerge in the programs' tracks. Current strategic innovation programs are also funded by Vinnova, Formas and the Swedish Energy Agency.