National Innovation Council working to develop Sweden as an innovation nation

The Innovation Council works primarily to improve the Swedish innovation system. Among its contributions are the five strategic innovation partnership programmes launched on 1 June 2016.

Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg visiting Smart Industry Conference in October 2016.
Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg visiting Smart Industry Conference in October 2016. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

The Innovation Council focuses on digital transformation, environment and climate, and life sciences. These three areas represent major challenges for the future. The Council also discusses other areas of general importance for innovation climate and competitiveness. The situation for fast-growing start-ups and other small and medium-sized enterprises is one such recurrent theme.

The Council also submits viewpoints in important processes within the Government, such as the drawing up of government bills and strategies. Some examples include the Government Bill 'The State and capital', the Procurement Strategy (with a focus on innovation procurement), the research policy bill for 2016 and the Reindustrialisation Strategy. The Council also discusses how the Government's measures are implemented and their outcomes.

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Innovation partnership programmes – a new working method for the Government

Among the Innovation Council's contributions are the five strategic innovation partnership programmes launched on 1 June 2016. This means a new working method for the Government, with several ministers involved in each programme, making it possible for the relevant ministers to set priorities at an early stage.

The role of the Innovation Council in the strategic innovation partnership programmes is to follow the groups' work, give suggestions that could increase the programmes' contribution to innovation capacity and competitiveness, and discuss strategic issues that arise in the course of the work.

Support to innovation promotion measures

To develop innovation capacity in line with the Innovation Council's purpose, the Government has set aside SEK 150 million per year for 2016–2019. Examples of assignments include the digitalisation boost for small and medium-sized enterprises, validation of technology and business concepts and innovation-enhancing measures to reduce the processing industry's emissions of greenhouse gases.