Collaboration in Sweden

An important part of Smart Specialisation is cooperation with other regions. The Swedish Agency for Regional and Economic Growth supports interregional cooperation between regions and between sectors, through the national regional funds program.

Within this activity, we have supported six projects with clusters and innovation environments from different regions that collaborate around a specific area. In total, the projects have been granted up to six million kronor each, with equal co-financing from the applicants.

The purpose of this collaboration is to highlight major projects and thematic areas. Among the granted preliminary studies, many different areas are represented, ranging from bio economy and smart materials to increased access to test beds.

Brief description of the projects

SWElife Hands-on leveraging innovation in life science

SWElife Hand-on increases the added value of national and regional research and development efforts in life science. Ensures more and growing SMEs in Sweden's life science industry through private external investment in companies. Collaborators: STUNS (Uppsala), Lund University, Umeå Biotech Incubator, Linköping University Holding AB.

Supporting Swedish aviation and space industry - SVIFFT

Supporting Swedish aviation and space industryexternal link, opens in new window - SVIFFT, promotes the Swedish aerospace industry as a national area of strength with high international competitiveness. Partners: Aerospace Cluster Sweden, Swerea SIOCOMP, Swerea IVF, Västra Götaland Region, Region Östergötland, Innovatum.

Innovation Square - business models in circular economy

Innovation Square - business models in circular economy,external link, opens in new window brings together furniture manufacturers, glass manufacturers, textile companies, public sector and relevant research on business models for circular economics and international competitiveness. Partners: The University of Borås (Smart Textiles), SP Sweden's Technical Research Institute (Smart Housing), Interior Cluster Sweden.

Structured introduction of digital services and products

Structured Introduction of Digital services and productsexternal link, opens in new window facilitates digital solutions in healthcare and contributes to increased growth in small and medium-sized businesses. Collaboration partners: The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR), Stockholm Science City, STUNS, Center for Innovation and eHealth (Umeå).

New value chains in the offshore sector

New value chains in Offshoreexternal link, opens in new window will strengthen the link between a number of areas of expertise in order to strengthen technology development in the offshore sector. Partners: Jernkontoret/Triple Steelix, Mälardalen University, Swerea IVF, SP, Future Poistion X, Swedish Steel Yachts AB.

 Innovation support for food business - SAMLA

Cross-border collaboration in innovation support – SAMLAexternal link, opens in new window is about inter-regional co-development of innovation support for accelerated and sustainable growth in small and medium-sized food businesses. Supports SMEs and works with regional actors to attract easier access to capital, knowledge and skills. Also establish networks and channels for increased cooperation between SMEs and research. Partners: SP-RISE, Skåne Food Academy, Nifa (industry association for food companies from Värmland), NetPort science park.