Climate adaptation of the built environment


Research project that contributes new knowledge and solutions for climate adaptation of the built environment.


Principal applicants must have completed their PhD degree and be affiliated with a Swedish higher education institution, research institute or government agency that has a research assignment.


It is possible to apply for up to 4-year research projects with a total budget of a maximum of 8 million SEK per project.

Future: Open for applying: 2021-03-31 14:00
Last day of application: 2021-05-19 14:00

This call is part of a joint call between Formas and Vinnova within the framework of the national research programmes for sustainable spatial planning and for climate. The joint call consists of two separate calls where it is possible to apply for up to 4-year research projects via Formas and for 2-year innovation projects at Vinnova.

Information about Formas' call will be updated on this webpage. Information about Vinnova's call will be available soon at www.vinnova.seexternal link.

In total, Formas' announcement has a budget of SEK 100 million. It is possible to apply for up to 4-year research projects with a total budget of a maximum of SEK 8 million per project.

Bakgrund och syfte

One of the major challenges for sustainable spatial planning is to adapt society to the climate changes that are taking place and that are expected. The challenges include heat waves, with increased risk of drought and fires, which increase the risk of mortality in vulnerable groups. Heavy rains that increase the risk of floods and increased risks of landslides, avalanches, and erosion, which can have major consequences for infrastructure and buildings and rising sea levels, are a major challenge for coastal communities. In addition, there are climate-affecting emissions that are often closely linked to air pollution and related health aspects. The effects of climate change have different consequences for all societies, from cities to rural areas. Continued climate change will most likely increase the extent of the effects and thus also the societal challenges. New knowledge and sustainable solutions are therefore needed to adapt the physical planning and the built environment to the climate. For sustainable land and water use, society needs to plan and maintain existing and future buildings and infrastructure so that these are adapted to changing physical conditions and meet people's different needs.

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Updated:9 February 2021
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