Apply for funds to develop ideas that can lead to innovations, or test previously developed ideas for implementation or scale-up in day-to-day operations. Projects that are awarded funding must contribute to the sustainable development of the built environment, with a focus on digitalisation, industrial processes or both.
The purpose of the call “Innovation Ideas” is to increase opportunities for SMEs and small and medium-sized municipalities to develop ideas that can lead to innovation. This can also involve getting the chance to work on previously developed ideas that require testing on a smaller scale prior to implementation or scale-up in day-to-day operations. The call, in accordance with Smart Built Environment goals, will contribute to the sustainable development of the built environment. Digitalisation and industrial processes should be central methods in the project activities funded. Applications can address processes, forms of collaboration, business models, technology or a combination of these.
The projects applying for grants must:
- Contribute to a sustainable built environment, with digitalisation and industrial processes in focus.
- If relevant, contribute to greater equity and equality in the built environment and, when applicable, clearly describe in the application how the project does this. See Smart Built Environment Equality Guide External link. (in Swedish)
- Develop ideas or solutions that are scalable and applicable in different environments (for example, in planning and permitting processes in municipalities, regions or in construction projects).
The projects should address at least one of the four thematic areas of Smart Built Environment External link.. Projects must contribute to and address one or more of the short-term impacts for 2024 as described in Smart Built Environment Impact Logic 2.0 External link. (in Swedish).
The Smart Built Environment strategic innovation programme is a platform that brings together stakeholders across the entire built environment sector to achieve the overall objectives and impacts of the programme for a more sustainable built environment, with digitalisation and industrial processes as enablers.
Digitalisation and industrialised construction are advancing at a rapid pace both within and outside the programme, so the sector must ramp up the transition to create new work approaches and methods. Smart Built Environment conducts a major annual call each year. Larger research, innovation and development projects are the focus of the annual call, in which multiple stakeholders collaborate in projects that run from one to four years. This call complements the annual call and provides the opportunity to test ideas or previously developed solutions on a smaller scale, and to enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular to apply.
Small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs, according to the EU definition of SMEs, as well as small and medium-sized municipalities (group C) according to the classification from the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions External link. can apply for a grant. Larger organisations, higher education institutions and research institutes can apply, but the application should clearly indicate how SMEs or small/medium-size municipalities will benefit from the results, in accordance with the purpose of the call.
For organisations engaged in economic activity, such as municipal companies, private companies and other organisations, Formas applies EU state aid rules. See “State aid rules for companies and other organisations engaged in economic activity” in this call document.