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Published

10 March 2015

Keen interest in Mistra Innovation

There is great interest in the new phase of the Mistra Innovation research programme. The briefings in Gothenburg and Stockholm in February attracted more than 50 people.

‘We’re extremely pleased that so many came. Mistra Innovation is beginning to be a familiar name,’ says Christopher Folkeson Welch, Mistra’s Programmes Director.

Mistra Innovation is a research programme in which small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for funding to develop environmental innovations in collaboration with higher education institutions (HEIs). A call for funding applications is currently under way: SEK 20 million is to be distributed to five or six new projects in 2015–19, and the closing application date is 10 April.

Those attending the briefings came from both the business sector and academia. Some had already embarked on joint projects, while others took the opportunity to forge new contacts on the spot, Folkeson Welch relates. The participants also had a chance to ask questions. Below, Folkeson Welch answers the most frequently asked ones.

How are the projects going to be organised?

‘Every project will be run in collaboration between a company and an HEI. The project will be headed by a company, since this boosts the benefit from the projects.’

Can the companies count their own work in the project?

‘Yes, the companies’ own working time counts as part of the project period.’

What areas are interesting to focus on?

‘We see opportunities for projects in a wide range of sectors, such as engineering, food, construction, chemicals, forestry, farming and IT. As long as the project involves good research and the results benefit both Sweden and the environment.’

Text: Henrik Lundström, Vetenskapsjournalisterna

CONTACTS

Christopher Folkeson Welch, Mistra Programmes Director:
chris.welch@mistra.org or +46-70-7323074

Lars Frenning, Mistra Innovation Programme Manager:
lars.frenning@lafri.net, +46-70-526 83 40

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