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.  

Innovative inventions and new research results reduce the impact on the environment

Mistra Innovation’s purpose is to enable SMEs to develop innovative ideas for commercial, environmentally sound products, processes and services.

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  • Programtid: 2020-2023
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing 50 MSEK
  • Programvärd: Mistra

For a Swedish food system that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable

Our current food system is estimated to account for 20–30 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. A third of the world’s cultivated food goes to waste. Food production and land use lead to biodiversity loss, pollution and harmful environmental impacts on land and water. For us to meet these challenges, we need to make fundamental changes in our ways of producing and consuming food. Mistra Food Futures will work out targets for what the Swedish food system needs to achieve by 2045 to be both sustainable — economically, socially and environmentally — and resilient.

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  • Programtid: 2020-2024
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing 64MSEK. The other funders are contributing a further 16 MSEK
  • Programvärd: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU

Creating a movement for more sustainable sporting and outdoor activities in society.

What is the challenge? Most Swedes engage in sports and outdoor activities in some form, as participants, leaders or spectators. This is of huge benefit to society, since sport and […]

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  • Programtid: 2020-2024
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 56 million. The other funders are contributing a further SEK 14 MSEK.
  • Programvärd: Mid-Sweden University

Reframing communication for sustainability

The programme seeks to develop environmental communication so that policy and practice, as well as research, are permeated by an advanced, inclusive understanding of environmental communication that promotes the transition to a sustainable society.

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  • Programtid: 2019-2023
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 54 million. The other funders are to contribute at least SEK 6 million.
  • Programvärd: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

The programme will start early in 2020.

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  • Programtid: 2020–2024
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 70 million. The other funders are to contribute at least SEK 30 million.
  • Programvärd: IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Focuses on creating functional digitisation that integrates the entire forest value chain, and where the industrial process begins right from the start, in the forest.

Sweden needs a transition to a more circular economy, to meet the challenges of climate change and the limited nature of Earth’s resources. In this transition, forests are key.

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  • Programtid: 2018–2022
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 58 million. The other funders are contributing a further SEK 25 million.
  • Programvärd: Swedish Forest Industries Federation

Contributing to a sustainable infrastructure

Swedish infrastructure faces major challenges. Many water and sewer installations, roads and railways are ageing, and in many areas extensive maintenance is needed. Infrastructure in poor condition has significant adverse repercussions on the economy and environment alike.

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  • Programtid: 2018–2022
  • Finansiering: The total budget is SEK 80 million, of which Mistra’s contribution is SEK 49m. The rest of the funding is from participating organisations.
  • Programvärd: RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden AB

More knowledge about sustainable consumption

What is the challenge? Our consumption is harming the climate and environment, unsustainably and evidently without making us much happier. What Swedes consume is largely imported, and imposes costs outside […]

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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

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: 2015–2022
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 32 million (the total programme budget is SEK 74m, with the Swedish Research Council Formas contributing SEK 32m and participating stakeholders SEK 16m).
  • Programvärd: Linköping University

Sustainability Science for Biosphere Stewardship

What is the challenge? Humanity is a major force in structuring ecosystem dynamics from local scales to the biosphere as a whole. Many terrestrial and marine systems have as a […]

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  • Programtid: 2007-2018
  • Finansiering: SEK 198 m
  • Programvärd: Stockholm University

What is the challenge? Plastics are to be found throughout society and are an indispensable part of our everyday lives. They are easily shaped, durable and cheap. But almost a […]

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  • Programtid: 2016–2024
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 95 million
  • Programvärd: Lund University

Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets

In our deregulated, increasingly globalised society, the importance of markets is steadily growing. However, not enough is known about the workings of individual markets. Misum’s aim, as an international, multidisciplinary knowledge hub, is to promote the contributions of markets to sustainable development. It seeks to provide knowledge of, and education in, sustainable markets and to act as a forum for researchers, decision-makers, companies and other interested parties.

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  • Programtid: 2015–2024
  • Finansiering: Mistra SEK 120 m
  • Programvärd: Stockholm School of Economics

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)
  • Programvärd: Chalmers University of Technology

Utveckling av filter till nya smartare material

WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE?  There is a growing need for more effective removal of pollutants from emissions to air, water and soil. Many of these releases are a result of […]

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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 Accessibility and Mobility Services

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. […]

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  • Programtid: 2016–2024
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing 85 MSEK.
  • Programvärd: KTH, The Royal Institute of Technology

Resource-Efficient and Effective Solutions Based on Circular Thinking

Throughout its more than 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 involves wasting limited resources.

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  • Programtid: 2015–2023
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 89 million, with the other stakeholders contributing an equal sum.
  • Programvärd: Linköping University

Expanding companies are a key factor in new job creation, and deliver our society’s economic growth.

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

“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? The fashion industry is global and far-reaching. The consumption of clothing continues to increase at a fast pace. At the same time, clothes are not recycled […]

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

How financial markets and operators can contribute to society’s sustainable development.

The Mistra Financial Systems research programme investigates how financial markets and operators can contribute to society’s sustainable development.

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  • Programtid: 2016–2020
  • 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)

Establish collaborations with international research organisations

The Mistra Fellows programme seeks to establish collaborations and boost knowledge exchange between Mistra’s various research groups on the one hand and international research organisations on the other. The plan is, each year, to give four young researchers working in Mistra programmes the opportunity to work for an international organisation with a focus on policy issues.

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  • Programtid: 2015–
  • Finansiering: Mistra funds stays abroad for up to four researchers annually. The maximum award per person is SEK 1 million.
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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: 2014-2023
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 90 million with other stakeholders providing 25% in co-funding.
  • Programvärd: Lund University

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

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

Funding call for a research programme The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) invites research groups, jointly with relevant stakeholders in the community, to submit proposals for a new […]

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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 […]

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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).

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. […]

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

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

Mistra is to invest SEK 40 million in a new research programme to explore the uses of nanotechnology. A call for proposals is now being issued, to find research environments that can both survey the environmental effects of nanomaterials and develop new applications to solve various environmental problems.

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Financial systems will play a crucial part in the shift to a more circular economy. Mistra is therefore offering funding for a new research programme on the financial systems’ possibilities and limitations, and on the changes needed to enable these systems to contribute to sustainable development of society. With its system-critical and solution-oriented approach, the programme will require participation from actors in the financial sector.

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Programme ended 2015

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

Instrument Design for Global Climate Mitigation

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 […]

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

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) invites research groups, jointly with other partners, to submit proposals for a new research programme on mobility and accessibility. The purpose of Mistra’s initiative is to foster development of mobility and accessibility in a direction that drives sustainable development of society. The programme is intended to be interdisciplinary, to take a comprehensive view and to be based on the need for behavioural changes, with in-depth study of specific areas.

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Plastic materials are all around us today. Plastic is versatile, malleable, durable and cheap ­­— properties that give it a vast range of uses. Unfortunately, after use, a great deal of it finds its way into the environment, on land and at sea, where its impact on ecosystems is increasingly evident. Besides plastic itself, there are also a range of chemical additives that may have toxic effects in the short and long term.

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Call for a national programme for environmental humanities research. Environmental humanities are a rapidly growing field. They can yield new standpoints and solutions to central environmental problems and ways of achieving sustainable development of society. The Swedish research community has major potential to play a prominent part in this development, but existing research and educational environments need to be coordinated and new collaborative structures created.

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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 […]

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

Mistra invites joint submission by research groups and industrial partners of proposals for a new research and innovation programme on product design for resource efficiency. The purpose of this initiative is to bring knowledge and innovative ideas to bear on helping to foster development of a circular economy, i.e. a society based on closed material loops. Central issues addressed in this research programme should be how to design new products that are more durable and can be maintained, repaired and upgraded; methods of reuse and remanufacture; and development of new business models and policy instruments.

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The fundamental aim of this call for funding applications is to help bring about plant cultivation and animal husbandry that are both more efficient and environmentally sustainable. Strategies, new technology and control instruments that can boost yield while reducing environmental impact are needed. The call includes aquaculture, as well as agriculture and horticulture.

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

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 […]

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

Mistra invites small and medium sized Swedish companies together with academic research organisations to submit proposals for research projects concerning the implementation of discoveries and inventions contributing to the solution of environmental problems and improvements in sustainability.

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Mistra invites Swedish research groups to submit programme proposals on the theme of sustainable development in the Arctic Regions. The purpose of the programme is twofold: to expand knowledge of the region’s distinctive prospects of long-term sustainable development, and to contribute to adequate and effective application of research results in policy processes relating to development in the Arctic.

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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 […]

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

- Cultural and environmental dynamics

The program was completed in 2010.

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  • Programtid: 2008-2010
  • Finansiering: Mistra investing 5 million
  • Programvärd: Uppsala University

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 2010

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

BONUS, the Baltic Sea research programme, has issued its first call for proposals concerning the environment and social development around the Baltic region. Funding of €38 million has been announced and the call is twofold: one part is entitled ‘Viable ecosystem’ and the other relates to innovation.

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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 […]

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

Programme ended 2008.

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

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 […]

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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)

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, […]

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

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, […]

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  • Programtid: 1996–2005
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 68 million
  • 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.
  • Programvärd: Swedish Pulp and Paper Research Institute (STFI)

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

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

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 […]

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  • Programtid: 1997–2003
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 39 million
  • Programvärd: Umeå 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 […]

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

Paths to sustainable development

Programme ended 2001.

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  • Programtid: 1996–2001
  • Finansiering: Mistra SEK 22 million. Other financiers SEK 27 million.
  • Programvärd: Lund University