Sweden’s capacity for innovation is crucial to the nation’s economic growth and prosperity. It is therefore vital to develop research and innovation milieus that can compete internationally.
VINNVÄXT is a programme that takes the form of a competition for regions. The aim is to promote sustainable growth by developing internationally competitive research and innovation environments in specific growth fields.
The winning regions will receive funding of up to SEK 10 million per year for a period of ten years. The objective is that the winners will become internationally competitive in their respective fields within this period.
In 2001, Vinnova started a programme called “Vinnväxt – Regional Growth through Dynamic Innovation Systems”. Since that time, Vinnväxt has issued five calls for proposals. The latest of these was finalised in 2016, with the selection of three new Vinnväxt winners.
Vinnväxt’s mission is to promote sustainable regional growth by developing internationally competitive research and innovation milieus in specific growth fields. Vinnväxt also wants to catalyse a broader transformational change in society, towards innovation-driven sustainable growth in the Swedish regions. This will be achieved by funding institutional development and needs-driven R&D to strengthen the cutting-edge competence of the various milieus. There will also be strategic efforts aimed at developing innovation systems.