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Horizon 2020 - yearbook 2020

Swedish participation in European programme for research and innovation

Book cover Horizon 2020 - yearbook 2020
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VR 2021:07
Vinnova – Sveriges innovationsmyndighet, i samarbete med Energimyndigheten, Formas, Forte, Rymdstyrelsen och Vetenskapsrådet.
Mikael Sundh, Jessica Umegård och Annika Zika-Viktorsson - Vinnova
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The annual report presents information on Swedish actors' participation in Horizon 2020 from 2014 to October 2020. Of the framework program's total of EUR 80 billion, approximately EUR 60 billion had been contracted in October 2020.

Sweden is among the ten most successful countries in the framework program. Of the available budget, Swedish organizations have so far contracted project funds for approximately EUR 2.03 billion. This corresponds to 3.4 per cent of all funds granted in Horizon 2020, which is the same proportion as at the previous reporting occasion. Sweden is in ninth place after Germany, Great Britain, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland.

1098 Swedish organizations from 21 counties have participated in Horizon 2020. The counties with the largest participation are the metropolitan regions, Stockholm, Västra Götaland and Skåne counties.

Swedish participation is characterized by successful universities, which together have been allocated 56 percent of Sweden's granted funding. The list is topped by Karolinska Institutet, followed by Lund University, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Chalmers Tekniska University and Uppsala University. The academic organizations have the strongest participation in the pillar of Excellence, where they account for 89 percent of Sweden's approved funds.

The business organizations contract just over a quarter of the funds granted to Sweden and account for just over a third of the Swedish participation. AstraZeneca AB is the leading business organization in terms of participation, followed by Ericsson AB, SAAB AB and Volvo Personvagnar AB.

The participation of Swedish research organizations remains low. Those who have been granted the most funding are RISE Research Institutes and Sweden AB, followed by Swerim AB, the Swedish Defense Research Agency and the IVL Svenska Environmental Institute AB.

Participating authorities and public organizations that have extensive participation include the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration, SMHI, Region Stockholm and Formas. The research funders' participation mainly concerns participation in partnership programs.

Swedish research and innovation funders continue to have strong participation in European partnership programs. In 2020, participation in partnership programs meant that Swedish organizations, together with the EU coordination function's common funds, were funded with approximately SEK 453 million for activities in European research and innovation projects.

Horizon 2020

The European framework program for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, means significant funding opportunities for Swedish research and innovation actors as well as opportunities to participate in European collaborative projects for technology development and solutions to societal challenges.

Last updated 20 June 2021

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