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.  

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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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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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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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

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)

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? 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)

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 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