Operational strategy

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Mistra, invests in research of strategic importance for a good living environment and sustainable development. We also use our asset management to influence the business sector and financial markets in a sustainable direction.

Mistra’s operational strategy for 2017 – 2019 is divided into three parts – research, asset management and dissemination of ideas and knowledge.


Aims for 2017-2019:

  • To start at least six new research programmes or centres during the three-year period.
  • To establish new thematic areas with a diversified structure of initiatives.
  • To evaluate the Mistra Fellows Programme and initiate at least two new Fellowships a year (one of which must be in the reverse direction, i.e. a foreign researcher visiting one of our programmes).
  • To evaluate the Mistra Council for Evidence-Based Environmental Management (Mistra EviEM) ahead of Mistra’s phase-out of funding.
  • To evaluate the effects of the co-funding requirement.
  • To further raise efficiency in the management and administrative handling of Mistra’s research programmes etc.
  • To carry out recurrent evaluations of Mistra’s total impact and value to society.


Asset management

Aims for 2017-2019:

  • To safeguard existing commitments but also make new research initiatives possible by achieving a good financial return.
  • To invest the assets in such a way as to foster a transition to a circular economy and sustainable development of society.
  • To be a model for other investors and actively support and influence the development of sustainable asset management.
  • To invest SEK 600 million in research.

Dissemination of ideas and knowledge

Aims for 2017-2019:

  • To assist in boosting the impact of research in society generally and Mistra-funded research in particular.
  • To step up the integration of our research funding, asset management and idea dissemination to achieve a greater impact for Mistra as a whole.
  • To strive to enable completed programmes to transition into independent community agents that deliver scientifically based facts.
  • To report more clearly on the effects of Mistra’s activities, both at area level (research funding, asset management and idea dissemination) and as a whole.

Adopted by the Board on 14 September 2016 and revised on 13 September 2017.