15 July 2011

New call for applications: research for environmentally sound products and processes

Mistra, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, is announcing a new research programme: Mistra Innovation. The programme will enable small and medium-sized enterprises, by cooperating with higher education institutions and research institutes, to develop innovative ideas for commercially viable and environmentally sound products and processes. Mistra intends to invest SEK 40 million over four years.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seldom have the resources that investing in innovative research and development (R&D) requires. Mistra Innovation caters for those that wish to develop innovative ideas with great environmental potential, through the application of new expertise from higher education institutions or research institutes (HEIs/RIs), into products and processes that can be commercialised.

The aim is to develop ideas and discoveries into specific products and services that can have a direct, favourable influence on the environmental profile in various spheres of activity. Mistra invites SMEs in such sectors as manufacturing, food, energy and recycling to submit joint applications with scientists from HEIs/RIs.

The overarching objective of Mistra´s work is to contribute to sustainable development of society and strengthen Swedish competitiveness, while finding concrete solutions to environmental problems. The Mistra Innovation research programme enables SMEs to develop ideas into commercially viable products and services of measurable environmental benefit.

Mistra Innovation will fund various projects in which R&D is conducted on initiatives from SMEs at collaborating HEIs/RIs. The companies taking part in these projects are expected to counter-fund the research on a scale that matches the support provided by Mistra Innovation.

Project applications must be received by Mistra not later than 4.00 pm on 17 October 2011. More details and application instructions may be found in the call document.

Briefing sessions
Mistra invites companies and researchers to attend briefing get-togethers about Mistra Innovation on 23 and 25 August. The one on 23 August will be held at the Scandic Hotel in West Linköping (Scandic Hotell Linköping Väst), while the meeting on 25 August will be held at the Scandic Hotel in North Uppsala (Scandic Hotell Uppsala Nord). Each meeting will last from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm and include a light lunch.