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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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 2013

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  • Programtid: 2004–2013
  • Finansiering: Mistra invested SEK 97 million and industry invested SEK 132 million
  • Programvärd: Jernkontoret

More knowledge about sustainable consumption

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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