Broad calls covering all of Swedish Mining Innovation’s thematic areas are announced on a regular basis. The financed innovation projects should help to strengthen the sustainability and competitiveness of the Swedish mining and metal producing industry, for example through new technological achievements. The projects financed may be pre-studies, fullscale projects or pilot projects.

Project applications are evaluated by an external assessment team. This leaves a recommendation to Swedish Mining Innovation’s board, which, after a thematic review, leaves a decision to Vinnova. After that, Vinnova takes the formal decision on which projects are granted and administrates them.

In addition to broad calls, there are also opportunities for existing projects to apply for planning grants to gear up the whole or part of their Swedish Mining Innovation project, and now also internationalization grants to initiate new collaborations with foreign players to promote innovation for sustainable mining and metal production, both in Sweden and globally.

10 Nov

Open call 2022

Securing sustainable metals and minerals supply

The purpose of the initiative is to create conditions for international competitiveness and sustainable solutions to global societal challenges. In this call for proposals, we fund shorter feasibility studies, full-scale innovation projects and pilot and demo projects that meet the societal challenges defined in the research and innovation agenda for sustainable mining and metal extraction.

GO TO CALL (Vinnova)

Important dates

  • Opening dates: 12 May 2022
  • Application deadline: 10 Nov 2022
  • Decision given 21 Feb 2023
  • Project start 1 Mar 2023 earliest

Inclusive innovation – let’s make mining more diverse!

We urge all applicants for the call to take our online course in Inclusive Innovation prior to starting your project.


For questions about the purpose and desired effects of the call:
Lawrence Hooey, Swedish Mining Innovation
Tel: +46 920-49 36 65

For questions on the application process or administrative, legal and other matters regarding the contents of the call:
Pontus Westrin, Vinnova
Tel: +46 8-473 32 51

Open call webinars

Want to find out more about the open call? Sign up for the webinar (in English):

8 Sep, kl. 3.30 – 4.30 pm CET
11 Oct, kl. 8 – 9 am CET


Slides for download

Introduction to Swedish Mining Innovation Open Call pt 1 

Introduction to Swedish Mining Innovation Open Call pt 2 


17 Nov

Planning grant

Now more flexible!

Are you planning to apply for internationally financed project, e.g. Horizon Europe? Do you need to broaden your consortium?  Build a solid application?

It is no longer necessary to have had a project in Swedish Mining Innovation to apply for the call. We have revised the conditions so if the project for which you are planning to apply (your leverage project) supports the objectives of Swedish Mining Innovation you can be eligible for a planning grant of up to 300 000 SEK. All the themes and challenges outlined in the Strategic Innovation Roadmap are included.

The aim with this call is to accelerate the development and implementation of Swedish innovations supporting sustainable mining into international markets, facilitate international cooperation and improve the quality of applications – and thereby success rate – in attracting international financing by Swedish partners.

Call text

Call text

Important dates

Call opens: 31 January 2022
Call closes: 17 November 2022 at 14.00
Date of decision: Continuous
Earliest date of project start: Continuous
Last date of project start: 9 December 2022


Please contact Lawrence Hooey before you start preparing the application for the planning grant.
– Lawrence Hooey, Technology and Innovation Manager, Swedish Mining Innovation (contact)

31 Dec

Internationalization grant

Do you have leads abroad that look promising for collaboration? Do you need a boost to get it off the ground? The objective of the grant is to initiate new collaborations with foreign actors to support innovation for sustainable mining and metal production both in Sweden and globally.

We offer

  • Funding for a physical meeting and site visit abroad (maximum funding level of 75%)
  • Up to 4 people funded


  • At least 2 Swedish organizations meeting 2 foreign organizations
  • Background work and clear target and agenda for the proposed trip
  • Clear added-value to having a physical meeting
  • At least 1 person from industry or non-research actor in the Swedish delegation
  • At least 1 at a senior person (e.g. manager, professor) in the Swedish delegation
  • Topics for collaboration must support Swedish Mining Innovation’s objectives

Details are found in the call text. An application template is available upon request.

Call text

The call will close on 31 Dec 2022, with continual evaluation of applications.

Important dates

Call closes: 31 Dec 2022
Date of decision: Continuous
Earliest date of project start: Upon acceptance


Please contact Lawrence Hooey before you start preparing your application for an internationalization grant.
– Lawrence Hooey, Technology and Innovation Manager, Swedish Mining Innovation (contact)