This is Swelife

Swelife is a strategic innovation programme, funded by the Swedish Government via the Swedish innovation agency, Vinnova, and by the programme’s partners. We support collaboration within academia, industry and healthcare, with the goal to strengthen Life Science in Sweden and to improve public health.

Swelife is a facilitator. Through a long-term, national perspective our work aims to contribute to these effects:

  • The knowledge and resources within life science in Sweden are utilised nationally through collaboration and coordination
  • Sweden offers good conditions for sustainable growth and international competitiveness in the life science sector
  • Citizens of Sweden have access to innovative, equal and personalised healthcare


Life Science in Sweden will take the lead to generate world-class health and sustainable growth


Swelife facilitates and accelerates innovation and collaboration in Life Science – from ideas to societal benefits


More than 100 organisations from healthcare, academia and industry in Sweden currently support Swelife.


2017: SEK 55 million from Vinnova (+SEK 55 million in co-financing)

2016: SEK 40 million from Vinnova (+SEK 40 million in co-financing)

2015: SEK 30 million from Vinnova (+SEK 30 million in co-financing)

2014: SEK 9 million from Vinnova (+SEK 9 million in co-financing)

2016–2019: some SEK 50 million from European structural funds (ERUF funding) through the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.

The budget for 2018–2020 will be decided by Vinnova after an evaluation of Swelife in 2017.


Swelife was established in the summer of 2014 when the Diabetes Agenda and SILS (Sweden as an International Centre for Life Science) jointly applied to launch a so-called strategic innovation area (SIO). The idea was to gather the Life Science regions in Sweden under one common national research and innovation agenda.

The SIO on non-communicable diseases was approved in May 2014, changed its name to Swelife in the autumn, and in January 2015 included an additional agenda (PMC – Personalised Medicine Cancer).

Swelife’s goals 2020

  1. Swelife’s role as a facilitator is nationally established
  2. Swelife has reinforced its international perspective
  3. Swelife engages stakeholders from the entire life science sector (academia, industry, healthcare and patients)
  4. Swelife has contributed to a national life science strategy
  5. Swelife has contributed to increasing the level of expertise within the life science sector, and to making it accessible
  6. SMEs and early-stage projects have access to more comprehensive financing, from idea to used product/service
  7. Swelife has contributed to better overview of, and access to, research infrastructure related to life science
  8. Swelife has enabled development and national dissemination of generic nationally scalable solutions for improved health
  9. Swelife has contributed to more structured and shareable data
For a competitive life science ecosystem in Sweden

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