Swelife East Central Sweden
Co-financing the same project / company from national and EU sources will increase overall funding levels and directly benefit more small businesses.
Uppsala BIO and STUNS run a project aimed at creating new funding models. Specifically, National Strategic Innovation Programs (through Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas – a Swedish Research Council for sustainable development) together with EU Regional Development Funds (via the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth – Tillväxtverket) can co-finance the same project / company and thus collectively ensure that selected companies receive greater funding. A further project objective is to allow SMEs to be financed through EU Regional Development Funds and that an increased proportion of EU funding can thus go directly to small businesses.
Further efforts within the framework of the project aim to fund the Swelife Hands-on model through development funds. This model has been established via Uppsala BIO’s knowledge transfer of its BIO-X methodology to a national level. A legal investigation led by a STUNS project manager has been carried out as part of the work. The goal is for the co-financing model to be launched in 2018.
Financing: Uppsala BIO*, ERDF (Project ID: 20200637),
Swelife (Project ID: 2016-04514, 2016-04951)
Project duration: 2016–2019
Contact: Malin Wiederholm, Uppsala BIO
Uppsala BIO’s role: Project leadership
* Uppsala BIO’s core funding comes from the regional financiers Region Uppsala, SLU, Uppsala University and Uppsala Municipality, as well as from VINNVÄXT, a Vinnova-funded initiative.
Malin Wiederholm. Product Manager. “I am passionate about developing targeted innovation strategies, where market pull rather than technology push determines which innovations are funded and highlighted.”