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9 February 2015

SEK 30 million for research on financial systems

Financial systems will play a crucial part in the shift to a more circular economy. Mistra is therefore announcing funding of SEK 30 million for a new research programme on the financial systems’ scope and limitations, and the changes needed if these systems are to help society to develop sustainably. The Mistra Financial Systems programme will have a system-critical and solution-oriented approach, and require active involvement of players in the financial sector.


Too little attention has been paid to understanding the catalytic role of the financial markets in a change-over to a more circular economy. The Mistra Financial Systems research programme will be characterised by a systemic approach with the emphasis on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary ways forward. It is expected to be based on a major commitment from financial market actors.

‘Mistra is providing grants of 30 million kronor for the programme,’ says Mistra’s Executive Director Åke Iverfeldt. ‘The total budget is, however, expected to be substantially larger since we see that active participation and co-funding by operators in the financial sector are essential for a successful programme.’


Mistra’s research programmes usually extend over many years and are aimed at bringing about long-term change. Expectations of Mistra Financial Systems are partly different. The programme is expected to deliver results at an early stage, in the form of concrete proposals for institutional reforms and other solutions in close liaison with players in the financial sector.

Who can apply?

The call primarily addresses research groups at Swedish higher education institutions and research institutes. Researchers and organisations working outside Sweden are welcome to participate as partners in the application, but the main applicant and the proposed programme host must be a Swedish institution. Banks, asset managers and other organisations will take part as partners and co-funders.

For more information, contact:

Johan Edman, Programmes Director, Mistra,, +46-(0)8-791 10 28

Malin Lindgren, Communications Manager, Mistra,, +46-(0)8-791 10 27

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