Sustainable living environments: blue-green infrastructure, public spaces, and transport systems for everyone


The call will fund projects for developing knowledge that will strengthen the ability of cities and rural areas to create green, healthy and safe environments.


Researchers, municipalities and other public-sector organisations can apply for funding.


Projects can have a maximum budget of 2 million SEK per year and run for up to four years

Given decision: 2019-11-20 13:00

In the scope of the National Research Programme for Sustainable Spatial Planning, up to 120 million SEK in funding is being offered for research projects that develop knowledge about strengthening the capability of cities and rural areas to develop socially and ecologically sustainable environments. The call presents a broad perspective on how in-between and peripheral spaces in the built environment can contribute to the transition towards a more socially and ecologically sustainable society.


Preliminary decisions. Please note that only decisions published in Prisma is a guarantee of granted funding.

The call is part of the National Programme for Sustainable Spatial Planning, and is related to the themes and perspectives in the programme’s agenda.

  1. Blue-green infrastructure
  2. Transport systems for everyone
  3. Public spaces and meeting places

Within the first theme, we welcome applications that examine how green and blue spaces can be integrated in the planning and design of environments in communities of different sizes.

The theme about a transport system for everyone addresses environmentally sustainable movements and flows between environments, as well as mobility solutions accessible to different social groups throughout society.

Within the theme of public spaces and meeting places, we encourage applications that explore how such areas can enhance the quality of people’s lives.


If your organisation has never applied for funding from Formas, the call text contains the information you need on how to create organisation- and personal accounts in the Prisma application system External link..

You can apply for funding for projects that run for up to four years and have a maximum budget of 2 million SEK per year, which gives a total maximum budget of 8 million SEK per project.

Submitted proposals are encouraged to address both social and ecological sustainability considerations. We also encourage approaches that examine the interaction of more than one of these three themes or other thematic areas in one coherent research proposal.

A webinar with information about the call (info in Swedish) during which you can ask questions (in Swedish or English) will be held on 24 April at 10.00-12.00 CET. The webinar will be recorded for later viewing.

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Updated:5 November 2020
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