Changing for a sustainable future

In tackling complex challenges like social welfare, climate change and public health, we have to think and do things differently. At Vinnova, we believe this means focusing on ten areas that are vital in creating a sustainable society.

Innovative products and new technologies cannot single handedly manage the change to a sustainable future. We need to think innovation at all levels and in our way of working, governing and cooperating.

To succeed we need clear goals and long-term initiatives. But we also need innovative solutions to work together with the infrastructure and regulations they coexist with.

In our ten areas we stimulate innovation in the broadest sense:

  • We mobilise actors from different parts of society towards a common objective
  • We identify what needs to be done
  • We fund research and innovation.

We involve different organisations and a wide range of competencies. Sustainability, gender equality and international competitiveness are prioritised themes in all ten areas.

Sustainable industry

Swedish industry has the potential to become a global leader within sustainable and climate-neutral solutions. Through partnership programmes, knowledge exchange and calls, we’re contributing to climate-neutral and circular production, resource-efficient and resilient value chains, global competitiveness, and a socially sustainable industry.

Sustainable industry

Sustainable food systems

Sustainable food is vital in ensuring healthy people and a healthy planet. Making the food system more innovative will make Sweden more competitive and secure our food supply. To succeed, we have to work together to create, for example, sustainable school meals and the food of the future.

For more information, contact Joanna Franzén

Sustainable mobility systems

Sustainable mobility is about moving people and goods in a resource-efficient, fast and safe way while avoiding negative effects on the climate and our health. To achieve climate-neutral and healthy mobility systems we need innovation with a clear system perspective. We must also challenge system boundaries, like community planning, digital infrastructure and a changing energy system.

For more information, contact Christina Kvarnström

Sustainable precision health

Sustainable health means creating more accurate and equal methods for promoting health and wellbeing, as well as preventing, diagnosing and treating disease. To solve pressing challenges such as unequal health, increasing lifestyle diseases and growing costs for healthcare, we need to take a cohesive perspective. This means developing new technologies, making data available and establish appropriate regulations.

For more information, contact Anders Brinne

Sustainable built environments

Sustainable built environments focus on reducing climate impact on our cities and communities, and promoting safe, attractive and healthy living environments. Digitalisation, internationalisation and innovation management are key in achieving this.

For more information, contact Annika Bergendahl

Digital transformation

New digital services and technologies are key in achieving a sustainable society. Our society needs a digital infrastructure that answer to its requirements on accessibility, trust and integrity. We also need organisations that have the ability and willingness to lead complex innovation processes.

For more information, contact Jessica Svennebring

Ecosystem for innovative companies

Innovative companies are crucial for Sweden's welfare and competitiveness. To enable companies to grow and develop in Sweden, our ecosystem must offer them internationally attractive and competitive conditions. Also, support functions in the ecosystem must become more transparent, inclusive and coherent from regional to national level.

For more information, contact Glenn Gran

Future skills supply

Our society's innovative power and ability to collaborate on contemporary challenge is determined by our skills supply. For Sweden to continue to be a successful nation of knowledge, we have to be an attractive and competitive country for companies to locate their activities in and for people to live and work in. A crucial component to achieve this is the supply of skills.

For more information, contact Anna-Carin Ramsten

Transformative public sector and civil society

Enabling civil society and the public sector to be innovative means strengthening long-term and sustainable processes for governance, working methods and work culture, evaluations, and regulations. We focus on giving leaders and employees the conditions, knowledge and ability they need to contribute to innovation This also means collaborating with other public agencies to integrate innovation aspects.

For more information, contact Judit Wefer

Emerging innovations

We live in a time marked by complex societal challenges. To increase Sweden's ability to act long-term and adjust to a sustainable future, we must listen to, understand and act on embryonic change and uncertain signs from all corners of the world. We’re establishing system for understanding what’s around the corner - in emerging technologies as well as cultural phenomena and organisational forms. We have to think big and test early, act in uncertainty and dare to fail.

For more information, contact Joakim Skoog


Last updated 19 February 2021

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