Strengthening Sweden's innovation capacity

Vinnova is helping to strengthen Sweden’s innovation capacity. We do this mainly by funding research and innovation projects.

Our reach is wide

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.

Our prioritised areas

A circular, bio-based economy is one of the keys to a sustainable society. 

Sweden needs the force of industrial innovation to meet the social challenges we're facing.

We face future challenges in our cities, whether they're social, environmental or financial.

Increased cooperation between healthcare, academia, industry and interest groups is vital if we're going to improve Swedish competitiveness in life science.

To cope with climate challenges,we need to use transport resources smarter and more efficiently.