Innovation partnership programmes impact Swedish innovative environments

The collaborations, initiatives and projects that have resulted so far from the five innovation partnership programmes were presented when the National Innovation Council met on Monday 28 August. Together, the project managers and the Council looked to the future and discussed critical success factors, goals and opportunities for developing these partnerships. The experiences of partnership working, where the business sector, academia and organisations work together strategically, were highlighted and discussed by the Council.

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Driverless vehicles. Photo: Volvo Cars.

The innovation partnership programmes originated from the three social challenges that the National Innovation Council highlighted at the beginning of the electoral period: digitalisation, life sciences, and environmental and climate technologies. The Council has followed the work over the year and provided input, stressing for example the importance of joining forces to increase skills supply.

The innovation partnership programmes were launched on 1 June 2016. The partnership groups associated with the programmes focused on identifying challenges and opportunities for each programme and priority setting of important areas for joint action. Several working groups have been established and a number of concrete partnership projects have been developed.

Within the framework of a partnership project, available public resources and co-financing from the business sector can be used jointly to meet specified priorities. Even so, the Government has provided additional funds for measures related to the innovation partnership programmes, including through the Research and Innovation Bill adopted by the Riksdag in early 2017. These funds are primarily channelled through programmes and calls for projects from the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Research Council Formas.

The Government's strategic innovation partnership programmes

The Government’s five strategic innovation partnership programmes are based on the National Innovation Council’s assessment of the areas in which Swedish society is facing a number of challenges. These are challenges that have good prospects of leading to globally competitive solutions. We need new approaches to travel, housing, doing business, living, communicating, and using and preserving the world’s resources and ecosystems.

The most important task of the innovation partnership programmes is exchange between public sector actors, the business sector and academia to find innovative solutions to the social challenges of today, while strengthening Sweden’s global innovativeness and competitiveness.

The five innovation partnership programmes are: The next generation's travel and transport, smart cities, circular and bio-based economy, life sciences and connected industry and new materials.

Projects associated with the innovation partnership programmes