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 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 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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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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“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

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

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: 2015–2019
  • Finansiering: Mistra is investing SEK 20 million (the total programme budget is SEK 50m, with the Swedish Research Council Formas contributing SEK 20m and participating stakeholders SEK 10m).
  • Programvärd: Linköping University

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

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

Programme ended 2008.

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

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