THE SWEDISH FOUNDATION FOR STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH SUPPORTS RESEARCH OF STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE FOR A GOOD LIVING ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.

Research

Mistra invests in research aimed at solving key environmental problems and promoting Sweden’s future competitiveness. Mistra’s research programmes are conducted in a close dialogue with companies, public agencies and other users, to ensure that research findings are put to practical use.  

The food supply faces major challenges. With present-day population growth and consumption patterns, food requirements are constantly rising. Simultaneously, food production already has a heavy environmental impact, for example by emitting greenhouse gases

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  • Programtid: 2014–2017
  • Finansiering: The programme is receiving a total of SEK 62 million, of which Mistra is investing SEK 31.6m. The remainder is being provided by the Swedish Research Council Formas and the research foundation of the Swedish Farmers’ Supply and Crop Marketing Organisation.
  • Programvärd: Helene Oscarsson, Vreta Kluster

WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE TO SWEDEN? Our society is constantly taking steps to improve the environment. Sometimes, however, not enough is known about the repercussions of the various measures concerned. Are the ongoing management initiatives backed by scientific evidence? Are they cost-effective? Might they even be harmful? The effects of specific environmental impacts or the […]

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  • Programtid: 2012 – 2017
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 66 million
  • Programvärd: Stockholm Environment Institute

What is the challenge? The geopolitical importance of the Arctic and other northern areas today is greater than ever. Interest in how natural resources are used is growing tremendously because of climate change. Political activity has intensified and there is a focus on new technology for exploiting natural resources. How can sustainable, peaceful development take […]

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  • Programtid: 2014–2018
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 30 million and the partners (universities) included in the programme are providing co-funding of SEK 7.5 million. Besides Umeå University, the other programme partners are KTH Royal Institute of Technology, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
  • Programvärd: Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University (ARCUM).

Decisive impact on international efforts to reduce air pollution The purpose of research in ASTA was to supporting work to bring about a decline in pollution in Sweden and abroad. The programme focused on acidification, the impact of nitrogen on forest ecosystems, effects of ground-level ozone on vegetation, and long-range transport of particles. Other aims […]

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  • Programtid: 1999-2007
  • Finansiering: SEK 59 million.
  • Programvärd: IVL, Swedish Environmental Research Institute

COMERCIALLY VIABLE BIOCONTROL METHODS TO COMBAT INSECT PESTS Insects cause damage totalling several billion kronor a year to harvests in Sweden. Insecticides, the chemical agents available for controlling insect pests, often have serious effects on the environment and health. Insecticides also result in resistance among insects, which further boosts the use of chemicals. Many insecticides […]

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  • Programtid: 1996–2005
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 68 million
  • Programvärd: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE? Globally, food production faces major challenges. Examples are the scarcity of natural resources, including cultivable land, and the changing climate. Moreover, economic growth is contributing to a constant rise in return requirements. To date, biotechnology has usually been discussed as a potential source of environmental problems. Correctly applied, however, it allows […]

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  • Programtid: 2012-2019
  • Finansiering: Mistra will invest SEK 94 million
  • Programvärd: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Mistra Carbon Exit will analyse both the technical and the commercial conditions for achieving net zero emissions, as well as studying policy instruments and behavioural issues.

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  • Programtid: 2017-2021
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 56 million of a total programme budget of SEK 81.4 million, with the remainder coming from partner organisations.
  • Programvärd: IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Society’s growing consumption generates ever more waste. Mistra’s Closing the Loop research programme seeks to foster greater use of secondary raw materials and make this sector more competitive.

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  • Programtid: 2012–2019
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 88 million
  • Programvärd: RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB

With the development of nanoscience and materials science, many commercial applications involving nanotechnology have emerged. Examples are surface coatings, electronic components, hygiene products, textiles, cosmetics, sports equipment, food additives, pharmaceuticals and dental care products. All over the world, nanoproducts are proliferating fast as more and more areas of use are found.

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  • Programtid: 2014-2018
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 40 million and other stakeholders are providing 25% in cofunding.<br /> <br />
  • Programvärd: Chalmers University of Technology

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  • Programtid: 2015–
  • Finansiering: Mistra funds up to four researchers annually to spend a year working abroad. The maximum award per person is SEK 1 million.
  • Programvärd: Mistra

What is the challenge? The Mistra Financial Systems research programme investigates how financial markets and operators can contribute to society’s sustainable development. The financial sector, i.e. banks, pension funds, insurance companies and other institutions, and also financial markets affect a range of critical sustainability issues, such as the environmental impact of the economy and financial […]

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  • Programtid: 2016–2019
  • Finansiering: SEK 57.5 million in total. Mistra is providing SEK 30m of this funding, with the remainder coming from participating organisations.
  • Programvärd: Stockholm School of Economics (SSE)

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  • Programtid: 2011-2019
  • Finansiering: Mistra will invest SEK 80 million
  • Programvärd: RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB

“Climate change has global and political impacts, in terms of energy, food, water and migration. It presents us with transboundary challenges, and to meet them boundary-crossing research is required. Mistra Geopolitics is designed to achieve that.” Lena Ek, former Minister for the Environment and MEP, and a member of the Mistra Geopolitics steering group

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  • Programtid: 2017-2020
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 48 million, with an additional SEK 10 million from other sources of funding.
  • Programvärd: Stockholm Environment Institute

WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE? Expanding companies are a key factor in new job creation, and deliver our society’s economic growth. Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have the potential to grow but state that they lack the in-house resources or capacity to invest in research and development. SMEs therefore need help to develop new products […]

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  • Programtid: 2012 - 2019
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 80 million
  • Programvärd: Mistra

Resource-Efficient and Effective Solutions Based on Circular Thinking

Throughout its 200-year existence, our industrialised society has been dominated by a linear way of producing and consuming goods. Raw materials are extracted, worked, used up and finally discarded. This spells a waste of limited resources.

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  • Programtid: 2015–2020
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 42 million, with match funding from the other stakeholders.
  • Programvärd: Linköping University

What is the challenge? Sweden has a vision of being the world’s first country to become independent from fossil fuels. This tough challenge calls for a range of new solutions. To meet it, according to the Swedish Transport Administration, one requirement is to have a fossil-free vehicle fleet by 2030. But this is not the […]

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  • Programtid: 2016–2020
  • Finansiering: SEK 40 million over four years
  • Programvärd: KTH, The Royal Institute of Technology

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  • Programtid: 2017-2021
  • Finansiering: The programme has a total budget of SEK 60 million. Of that sum, SEK 51 million will come from Mistra, with the remaining SEK 9 million provided by programme partner.
  • Programvärd: KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Sustainable urbanisation where cities are accessible, green and fair

Urban development worldwide needs to shift towards greater sustainability. This means adjusting resource flows to reduce their climatic impact and safeguard them while making towns and cities socioculturally resilient, economically successful and democratically, effectively governed.

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  • Programtid: 2010-2019
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing 79 MSEK (limit amounts for the period stated above)<br /> <br />
  • Programvärd: Chalmers University of Technology

Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets

Markets are assuming ever greater importance in our deregulated and increasingly globalised society. In the past few decades Swedish markets, such as those for electricity, healthcare, telephony and pharmacies, have undergone major changes.

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  • Programtid: 2015–2019
  • Finansiering: Mistra SEK 55 m
  • Programvärd: Stockholm School of Economics

Environmental Humanities Collaboratory

In a world where the effects of climate change are increasingly evident, nature can no longer be regarded as separate from culture. We are in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, characterised by comprehensive human impact on Earth and its geological development.

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  • Programtid: 2015–2019
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 20 million (the total programme budget is SEK 50m, with the Swedish Research Council Formas contributing SEK 20m and participating stakeholders SEK 10m).
  • Programvärd: Linköping University

Learning more about sustainable building and management Apartment buildings and other built structures affect their surroundings throughout their long life. The Sustainable Building (ByggMISTRA) programme helped to make housebuilding and property management more eco-friendly and reduce energy use in finished properties, including residential buildings. The research focused on every phase in the life of a […]

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  • Programtid: 1996–2002
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 39 m
  • Programvärd: Chalmers University of Technology

KEY CONTRIBUTIONS TO GLOBAL CLIMATE POLICY For international efforts to combat climate change to succeed, the world’s countries must be able to agree on how to regulate global emissions of greenhouse gases and support climate adaptation and technology transfer in developing countries. Cliporehas provided valuable scientific documentation for various purposes. These include negotiations in the […]

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Boosting knowledge of soil remediation in a cold climate Until the mid-1990s, there was a shortage of scientific data on effective soil remediation in Sweden. The COLDREM programme was therefore oriented towards developing new methods and accumulating knowledge in two contaminated areas: the gasworks site at Husarviken in Stockholm and Eka Chemicals’ factory site for […]

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  • Programtid: 1997–2003
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 39 million
  • Programvärd: Umeå University

BASIS FOR LARGE-SCALE USE OF CULTURED MICROORGANISMS Microorganisms have proved to have the potential to replace and degrade the chemical pesticides that are used against pests today. They can also reduce nutrient leaching by absorbing nutrients. In addition, microorganisms can be used to produce bioenergy that replaces fossil fuels. The DOM programme started with the […]

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  • Programtid: 2003–2011
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 61,3 million.
  • Programvärd: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE? It has become evident that global warming is currently the most serious threat to the environment. Anthropogenic emissions of CO2 are the largest contributor to the problem. Because a large share of CO2 emissions comes from transportation, measures must be taken in this sector. Emission reductions can be achieved, for example, […]

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  • Programtid: 2006–2014
  • Finansiering: Mistra 20 MSEK
  • Programvärd: Volvo Technology AB

WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE? Countries have become increasingly interdependent through the exchange of goods and services and flows of capital, technology, information, and to some extent, labour. How economic globalisation and its governing institutions affect human welfare and the environment (locally, nationally, and globally) is the subject of the research undertaken in this program. HOW […]

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  • Programtid: 2007-2013
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 18,4 m
  • Programvärd: IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

More knowledge of the mountain region and new meeting places for stakeholders Sweden’s mountain region has low biodiversity and is vulnerable to overexploitation. The land is used in numerous ways, by many stakeholders with interests that sometimes conflict. It is used by reindeer owners for winter grazing, by forest owners, for tourism, and by the […]

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  • Programtid: 1998–2006
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 84 million
  • Programvärd: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Umeå)

WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE? The modern industrial society has become increasingly dependent on fossil feedstocks as the raw material not only for fuel but also for a vast range of chemicals that have integrated into innumerable products like plastics, detergents, printing inks, coatings, paints, adhesives, building protection agents, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, etc. It is […]

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  • Programtid: 2003-2010
  • Finansiering: Mistra 71,4 MSEK.
  • Programvärd: Lund University

WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE? Forest management of today not only aims at profitable wood production, but also the production of many other goods and services. Besides timber, we want to utilize the forests for forest fuel production, recreation, and as a carbon sink, whilst at the same time preserving biodiversity. Forest management and other direct […]

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  • Programtid: 2002-2009
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 18,8 m
  • Programvärd: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

The programme ended in 2004.

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  • Programtid: 1996–2003
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 90 million and support from the business sector amounted to SEK 18 million.<br /> <br />
  • Programvärd: Swedish Pulp and Paper Research Institute (STFI)

Programme ended 2010

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  • Programtid: 2003-2010
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 82,4 m
  • Programvärd: Gothenburg University

SUSTAINABILITY FROM FARMER TO CONSUMER IS PROFITABLE The FOOD 21 research programme focused on the whole food chain, to show options and ways forward for Swedish agriculture. The aim was to succeed in combining stringent requirements concerning environmental impact and animal care with product quality and good profitability for farmers and the food industry. The […]

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  • Programtid: 1997–2008
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 125 million and the business sector contributed SEK 11m.
  • Programvärd: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Programme ended 2013.

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  • Programtid: 2011-2013
  • Finansiering: Mistra 38 MSEK
  • Programvärd: The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE? International climate policy is at a crossroads. Although some progress was made at the latest UN climate talks it is doubtful whether, in the next few years, a legally binding international agreement on far-reaching emission reductions along the lines of the Kyoto Protocol is attainable. At a time when different countries’ […]

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  • Programtid: 2012 - 2015
  • Finansiering: Mistra 24,5 MSEK
  • Programvärd: IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet

Programme ended 2015

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  • Programtid: 2008–2015
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 94 million
  • Programvärd: KTH, The Royal Institute of Technology

Programme ended in 2013.

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  • Programtid: 2006-2013
  • Finansiering: Mistra 69 Sek million.
  • Programvärd: Stockholms universitet

Programme ended 2013

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  • Programtid: 2004–2013
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 97 million and industry invested SEK 132 million
  • Programvärd: Jernkontoret

Programme ended 2010.

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  • Programtid: 2004–2010
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 43 million.
  • Programvärd: BLG-programmet AB, the main contractor for the research programme on black liquor gasification (BLG)

Programme ended 2003.

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  • Programtid: 1996–2003
  • Finansiering: Mistra SEK 69 million, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) SEK 17.8 million. Other financiers SEK 1.7 million.
  • Programvärd: SMHI

Programme ended 2008.

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  • Programtid: 2006–2008
  • Finansiering: Mistra SEK 30 million.
  • Programvärd: Trivector AB

Programme ended in 2004

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  • Programtid: 1996-2004
  • Finansiering: Mistra SEK 75 million. The Swedish National Energy Administration SEK 75 million.
  • Programvärd: Uppsala University

More knowledge about sustainable consumption

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  • Programtid: 2017-2021
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 45 million of a total programme budget of SEK 50 million, with the remainder coming from partner organisations.
  • Programvärd: KTH Royal Institute of Technology