“We are supporting companies and organisations that would like to test out new ideas of how they can become more innovative”
Charlotte Brogen, CEO, VINNOVA
“VINNOVA aims to strengthen Sweden’s innovativeness, aiding sustainable growth and benefiting society.”
£450 million1 (2013) (£225m from government, and £225m from other public and private sources)
In 2013, VINNOVA supported more than 2,400 projects to promote collaboration between companies, universities, research institutions and the public sector across 11 strategic areas.2
VINNOVA provides R&D funding across 11 areas defined as strategically important by the Swedish Government. These strategic areas include finding new solutions to meet the challenges of a rapidly growing elderly population, and exploring leadership and organisational processes than can support and develop innovation capacity.
Based within government, a large proportion of VINNOVA’s projects are delivered in partnership with public sector organisations. Projects include Attract, which supports the building of sustainable attractive housing in cold climates; another project, in collaboration with Gothenburg Hospital, explores ways to reduce blindness in infants.
Photo Credit: Sitra's Health Kiosk programme aims to increase access to healthcare in Finland. Photo courtesy of Patrick Rastenberg © Sitra