Smart Built Environment: Digital built environment in practice

WHAT CAN YOU APPLY FOR?

Apply for 1. Innovation ideas: To study the feasibility of an early idea or to test a developed idea on a smaller scale, or
2. Research, development or innovation projects.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Private companies, public-sector organisations, higher education institutions and research institutes. At least two parties must participate in the application. At least one of the participating parties must work at a private company or a public-sector organisation.

HOW MUCH CAN YOU APPLY FOR?

Applicants for Innovation ideas can apply for 500,000 kronor. Project duration: maximum 12 months. Research, development or innovation projects can apply for between 500,000 and 4 million kronor. Project duration: 12 to 48 months.

Current: 69 Days left. Apply before: 2021-02-04 14:00

This call for proposals aims to contribute to the sustainable development of the built environment, through projects that centre around digitalisation and industrial processes. Applications can address processes, forms of collaboration, business models, technology or a combination of these.

The purpose of the call is to accelerate digital transformation through activities that involve stakeholders throughout the value chain, from planning to the long-term management of the built environment. The current pandemic has sparked the realisation that a swifter transition to a more sustainable society through digitalisation is achievable. At the same time, there is a tendency to focus on short-term solutions for coping with the current situation.

Projects should leverage the capacity to quickly transform, as society has demonstrated, together with a focus on the long-term impacts of the solutions. The call therefore focuses on projects whose results can be implemented in the near future, are resource-efficient and scalable, and can be widely applied in spatial planning. Smart Built Environment specifically encourages projects that enable and incentivise new business or operational models, innovative forms of collaboration, and new or developed value chains.

The projects considered for a grant award must:

  • Clearly contribute to Smart Built Environment’s impact logic, with a focus on the sector’s digital transformation.
  • Clearly promote the sustainability aspects of reduced climate impact and increased equality in the built environment.
  • Be scalable and applicable in different environments (for example, in municipal or regional planning and permitting processes or in construction and infrastructure projects).

Search for projects within the program's thematic areas:

  1. Innovations and new applications
  2. Value chains and business models
  3. Information infrastructure
  4. Knowledge and skills

Read more about the thems on website of Smart Built Environmentexternal link.

Call text

All you need to know before, during and after you have applied.

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The call is targeted to private companies, public-sector organisations, higher education institutions and research institutes. At least two parties must participate in the application. The project manager can come from a private company, public-sector organisation, a higher education institution or a research institute. At least one of the participating parties must work at a private company or a public-sector organisation.

Innovation ideas

This part of the call is aimed at companies and organisations that have an innovation idea and a need to test feasibility, which can lead to a larger development or innovation project. It is also aimed at companies and organisations that have developed an idea and need small-scale tests for implementation or scaling-up in daily operations. One of the parties should be an end user.

Research, development or innovation projects

This part of the call is targeted to consortia of organisations such as private companies, public-sector organisations, higher education institutions and research institutes. At least one of the parties must clearly be an end user who can test the solution within the framework of the project.

Smart Built Environment welcomes applications from all interested organisations and companies, preferably in collaboration with new partners. Especially interesting for this call are consortia with start-ups that can help to develop new work approaches, business models and technology as well as end users such as property owners, municipalities or construction companies.

Project participants from outside Sweden are welcome to contribute their time or other resources as a project co-funder. International project participants can also receive a limited part of the grant, according to the research funder’s rules. However, participants outside Sweden may not be project managers.

Smart Built Environment and Formas strive for an equitable, gender-equal and inclusive built environment. This means that grant applicants should design the project so that its results can benefit a diverse group of people and build a project team that takes into account gender distribution and different backgrounds. You should consider not only the number of people, but the distribution of power and influence in the project.

Apply for 1. Innovation ideas or 2. Research, development or innovation projects.

Innovation ideas

500 000 kronor
Project duration: Maximum 12 months

Research, development or innovation projects

500 000 kronor–4 miljoner kronor
Project duration: 12–48 månader.

Formas delar totalt ut: Upp till 30 miljoner kronor.

1. Before you begin with your application

You need to

If the organisation does not already have a user account in Prisma, an appropriate representative should request an organisation account on the Prisma website in good time, no later than 15 January 2021.

When you have created an organisation account and described your organisation you can begin with your application.

2. Find the call in Prisma

You will find the call on the Organisation account tab in Prisma. Click that tab, and then go to the link for organisation callsexternal link.

3. Fill in your application

Fill in your application and follow the instruction in the call text carefully.

4. Get your application signed

Important! After the application is completed, it must be registered, submitted and signed by the person responsible for the organisation account. Signing can be done in two ways:

  • If the project manager is responsible for the organisation account, then the application is signed automatically after the application is submitted and registered.
  • If someone other than the project manager is responsible for the organisation account, then that person must finalise the application. Next, the administrating organisation (the organisation account manager or user whose role is application manager) must register and submit the application. The application is then signed automatically after the application is registered.

After the application period expires, the application can only be supplemented in special cases on request by Formas.


This call is implemented within the Strategic innovation programme Smart Built Environment. The program supports the built environment sector digitization efforts, through research, development and innovation, in order to help the sector realize a building process that is cheaper, faster and more sustainable.

Smart Built Environment is part of Formas, Vinnova and the Swedish Energy Agency's cooperation on strategic innovation programsexternal link . The purpose of the initiative is to create conditions for international competitiveness and sustainable solutions to global societal challenges. Forma is the authority that has principal responsibility for Smart Built Environment and coordinated by IQ Planningexternal link.

For more information about the program, see www.smartbuilt.seexternal link

Contacts

For questions regarding the background, aim and desired effects of the call
Kristina Gabrielii, acting programme director, Smart Built Environment
+46(0)70-259 56 57
kristina.gabrielii@iqs.se

For questions regarding application forms, the assessment process, state aid and the Prisma application system
smartbuilt@formas.se

For questions regarding budget, funding and state aid regulations.
Johan Hansson, Operations Developer, Formas
+46(0)72-451 84 02
johan.hansson@formas.se

Responsible Formas Officer
Aleh Kliatsko, Senior Research Officer
+46(0)73-539 16 64
aleh.kliatsko@formas.se

Technical support Prisma
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Updated:6 November 2020
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