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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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

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

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)

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.
  • Programvärd: Chalmers University 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

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)

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