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.  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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

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: 2016–2019
  • 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)

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

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

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

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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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

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.
  • Programvärd: Swedish Pulp and Paper Research Institute (STFI)

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 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