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4 February 2015

Four research groups want to run new circular economy programme

In autumn 2014 a call was issued for proposals to run the new research programme, ‘Product design for resource efficiency: Towards a circular economy’. By the time the application period ended, just before Christmas, four applications had been received.

The four applications for the programme came from various groupings of higher education institutions (HEIs) and/or research institutes. Those responsible for the four are Linköping University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE).

‘This interest is pleasing, and roughly what we’d expected,’ says Thomas Nilsson, the Programme Manager at Mistra.

In the near future an international expert group will be appointed with the task of recommending one of the applications. The group will meet in Stockholm in mid-February. Representatives of the applicant groupings concerned will attend and get a chance to present themselves in more detail. The experts will then issue a report giving their recommendation. If all goes to plan, Mistra’s Board can take its decision at the next meeting on 24 March.

The aim is for the new research programme to start on 1 July 2015. Its total budget will be SEK 60 million over four years, and of this sum Mistra will contribute SEK 42m.

Text: Henrik Lundström, Vetenskapsjournalisterna

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