Read the call text and documents referred to in it carefully. This document is to assist in finding information quickly and answering common questions.
Foreign companies and research actors, NGOs etc. may be partners in projects and can contribute in-kind or cash to the project. They cannot, except under exceptional circumstances, receive funding. For example, if they bring expertise into the project that is not available in Sweden. The benefit to the project and Swedish industry should be clearly described in the application.
A foreign company counts towards the number of industrial partners.
A foreign research actor counts as a research actor.
Can costs incurred before project start be eligible costs?
Can costs incurred before project start be considered as inkind?
No for most costs posts. However use of previously purchased equipment, as depreciation during the project, may be eligible. Please review Vinnova’s rules carefully, and contact them for clarifications.
Are costs of patenting/IP protection eligible costs?
Maximum funding for pre-studies is 500 k SEK with 25% co-funding. For full-scale innovation projects, the maximum funding is 10 000 k SEK with 50% co-funding. There is no specific limit set for pilot projects. There is no minimum funding but the budget must be credible.
Example budget calculation
|Values in k SEK||Pre-study||Full-scale / Pilot project|
|Funding requested from Vinnova||500||2 000|
|Minimum Co-funding requirement for requested funding||= 500 * 25%/75%
|=2 000 *50%/50%
|Total budget||= 500 + 166 = 666||= 2 000 + 2 000 = 4 000|
|Co-funding %||= 166/666*100 = 25%||= 2 000/4 000 = 50%|
For details of eligible costs in various cost categories
What are overall terms and conditions for Vinnova financing, e.g. the roles and responsibilities of coordinators, partners; need for Partner agreement, IPR, auditing, reporting etc?
Vinnova provides information on its website: https://www.vinnova.se/en/apply-for-funding/rules-for-our-funding/terms-and-conditions-for-our-funding/ and in Swedish: https://www.vinnova.se/sok-finansiering/regler-for-finansiering/allmanna-villkor/
Do we need a partner agreement?
For full scale innovation and pilot projects a partner agreement is required. The partner agreement is formalized after the project is accepted – i.e. you do not need it when you submit the application. Vinnova has prepared a guide for preparing partner agreements:
How do I fill in the application in Vinnova’s portal?
You will need to create an account if you do not already have one. The login is individual, not institutional. After you have an account, click on the “ansök här” or “apply here” at the bottom of the Vinnova page: https://www.vinnova.se/e/strategiska-innovationsprogrammet-for-gruv-och-2014-00633/sip-strim-2019/ or https://www.vinnova.se/en/calls-for-proposals/the-strategic-innovation-programme-for-mining-and-metal-recovery–strim/sip-strim-2019/. Inside the portal there is more information about how to fill in the application.
Vinnova has a guide for preparing applications here:
Where are the templates that need to be filled in and uploaded for the application?
On Vinnova’s website at: https://www.vinnova.se/e/strategiska-innovationsprogrammet-for-gruv-och-2014-00633/sip-strim-2019/
What documents need to be uploaded with the application?
Documents to be uploaded with the application for Prestudy
- Project Summary (Projektreferat), using the template, one A4-page (also send to Swedish Mining Innovation Program office)
- Project Description (Projektbeskrivning) using the template
- CV for key personnel with minimum of 1 person for each partner. Maximum length three A4 pages per CV.
- Letter of intent from at least 1 company, no template is available
- If the project application is for a continuation of a previously funded project in Swedish Mining Innovation a summary of the project’s results and a description of what was done and how the proposed project builds on the previous project. Maximum two A-4 pages, no template is available.
Documents to be uploaded with the application for full scale innovation projects and pilot projects
• Project Summary (Projektreferat), using the template, one A4-page (also send to Swedish Mining Innovation Program office)
Technology readiness level
Technology Readiness Level (TRL) is a method developed within Horizon 2020 to denote the degree of maturity of a technology. The measurement system provides an understanding of technology status throughout the innovation chain.
By evaluating projects against the parameters for each TRL level, you can classify the projects based on their degree of development.
There are nine TRL levels defined where 1 is the lowest level and 9 the highest.
Swedish Mining Innovation uses the same definition as the EU. You may find more information on TRL levels here.
TRL 9 – Actual system proven in operational environment (competitive manufacturing in the case of key enabling technologies; or in space) Full commercial application, technology available for consumers.
TRL 8 – System complete and qualified. Technology solution that is the first of its kind. Manufacturing problems solved.
TRL 7 – System prototype demonstration in operational environment.
TRL 6 – Technology demonstrated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies). Prototype system tested in intended environment close to expected performance.
TRL 5 – Technology validated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies). Large scale prototype tested in intended environment.
TRL 4 – Technology validated in lab. Small scale prototype built in a laboratory environment (“ugly” prototype).
TRL 3 – Experimental proof of concept. Applied research. The first laboratory tests have been done.
TRL 2 – Technology concept formulated. Both concepts and applications are defined.
TRL 1 – Basic principles observed. Principles are assumed but experimental evidence is lacking.