Our activities

Vinnova helps to build Sweden’s innovation capacity. We do this by funding research and innovation projects, but also by coordinating strategic initiatives, collaborating with actors across all sectors and shining a light on inspiring solutions and ideas. We help to prepare Sweden for the future.

Strengthening Sweden's innovation capacity

Innovation is needed throughout the whole of society to contend with social challenges and to strengthen Sweden's competitiveness. For this reason, our efforts cover many areas of society in both the private and public sectors.

The opportunity to experiment

We provide financing in the early stages of innovation processes where the risks are great and where projects would generally not get off the ground without government aid. We provide the opportunity for enterprises and organisations to experiment and test new ideas before they become profitable.

Innovation is born out of interaction

Innovation often occurs where knowledge and skills from different areas interact and where organisations learn from each other. For this reason, most of our efforts are about stimulating collaborations involving universities and other higher education institutions, research institutes, enterprises and public services working together to develop new solutions.

Social challenges a driving force

Our efforts are aimed at developing new solutions to major social challenges, such as the transition to a sustainable society or the challenges of an ageing population. Challenges are an important driver for innovation.

Long-term impacts

It often takes many years before investments in research and innovation have an impact on the economy. This is because it takes time for new knowledge and new ideas to be translated into finished products, services or production methods. It also takes time before they reach a market or are disseminated and have positive impacts. What we do today lays the foundation on which Sweden's future prosperity and societal development depend.

<p>We have enabled thousands of research and innovation projekts to become reality, helping to strengthen Sweden's innovation capacity.</p>

Prioritised areas

<p>A circular, bio-based economy is one of the keys to a sustainable society.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Sweden needs the force of industrial innovation to meet the social challenges we're facing.</p>
<p>We face future challenges in our cities, whether they're social, environmental or financial.</p>
<p>Increased cooperation between healthcare, academia, industry and interest groups is vital if we're going to improve Swedish competitiveness in life science.</p>
<p>To cope with climate challenges,we need to use transport resources smarter and more efficiently.</p>

Long-term programmes that realise our priorities

<p>Strategic Vehicle Research and Innovation (FFI) is a partnership programme run jointly by the Swedish state and Swedish automotive industry. The programme finances research, innovation and development related to the environment and safety.</p>
<p>Vinnova, the Swedish energy agency and the Swedish research council Formas jointly finance a total of 17 strategic innovation programmes.</p>
<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>

Perspectives on innovation

<p>Vinnova supports business opportunities between Swedish companies and large-scale research facilities such as ESS, CERN, ESO, ITER and others. We support suppliers and users, including industry, researchers and contractors.</p>

Last updated 29 October 2019

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