FAQs about Swelife
Here you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about Swelife.
What is Swelife?
Swelife is a strategic innovation programme to strengthen Life Science in Sweden.
Swelife is funded by the Swedish Government through the Vinnova innovation agency and by the parties participating in the programme.
What is a strategic innovation programme?
Strategic innovation programmes are the Government’s investment in sustainable innovation. Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas finance seventeen strategic innovation programmes, one of which is Swelife.
Collaboration in areas of strategic significance to Sweden create the conditions for sustainable solutions to global societal challenges and increased international competitiveness. Within the programmes, companies, academia and organisations in collaboration develop sustainable products and services of the future. Anyone who can contribute to the development is welcome to apply for funding.
Swelife has a long-term approach to making Sweden able to offer good conditions for world-class healthcare.
We also work to promote an attractive Life Science sector that is steadily growing and competitive in a global market.
We always serve in Sweden’s best interest on a national level, and our mission is to identify gaps in Swedish Life Science that must be addressed and enable their solution – in a completely scalable and divisible way.
How does Swelife operate?
Swelife operates through projects: innovation projects and strategic projects.
Innovation projects are mainly supported through calls for proposals issued 1–2 times a year, in which you can apply for funding for innovation projects in companies or marketable research projects. These projects also receive certain other support in the form of support for pitching, marketing and consulting. More than a hundred innovation projects have received funding from Swelife to date.
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The strategic projects are not-for-profit or non-commercial projects that primarily contribute to new working methods and/or improved research and development opportunities for many parties. These projects may have a systemic impact.
More information on the decision-making process for projects
Swelife portfolios explained
Swelife has structured its work on the projects into four areas (portfolios).
The areas are:
- Collaboration and coordination. We increase collaboration by connecting activities, people and initiatives within Life Science. Person responsible: Thomas Gunnarsson.
- Expertise and capital. We enable good ideas for better health to grow into global products and services that create benefits. This includes our work with innovation projects. Person responsible: Åsa Wallin.
- Scalable solutions. We enable good ideas for better health to be scaled up so that expertise and capital are optimally used and more quickly benefit more people. Person responsible: Ebba Carbonnier.
- Systematic health data. Together with the individual/patient, civil society, healthcare, academia and industry, we develop trust in health data that provides benefits: for organisational development and innovation for better health. Person responsible: Lars Lindsköld.
How long will Swelife be around?
Swelife started in 2014. The programme is evaluated every three years and – provided that the evaluation is a success – receives additional funding three years at a time, but no longer than until 2026.
Where is Swelife located?
Swelife is national programme, with Lund University as the host organisation. The head office is thus in Lund.
- In Lund, you will find the programme manager, communications officer, portfolio manager for Collaboration and Coordination, finance officer and administrative staff.
- In Linköping, you will find the portfolio manager for Expertise and Capital.
- In Stockholm, you will find the portfolio manager for Scalable Solutions, and the project manager for Swelife International.
- In Gothenburg, you will find the portfolio manager for Systematic Health Data and the project manager for Swelife’s AI project.
Swelife has regional coordinators at innovation offices in Lund, Uppsala, Stockholm, Linköping and Gothenburg. Their task is primarily to support innovation projects before and during the calls for proposals.
GOVERNING BOARD and ADVISORY BOARD
Swelife’s governing board and advisory board are composed of members from all over Sweden, and from different areas within Life Science.
Further information on Swelife
Swelife works to strengthen Swedish Life Science and thus contribute to improved public health. We do this by taking a long-term approach to making Sweden able to offer good conditions for world-class healthcare. We also work to promote a Life Science sector that is steadily growing and competitive in a global market.
Swelife is one of seventeen strategic innovation programmes, and we are funded by the Swedish Government through the Vinnova innovation agency and the parties participating in the programme. The strategic innovation programmes are tasked to create conditions for sustainable solutions to global societal challenges and increased international competitiveness through collaboration in areas of strategic significance for Sweden.
Swelife is built on the idea that all Swedish residents shall have access to preventative efforts and knowledge for a healthy life, and that when we are ill we shall have access to innovative, equal and personalised treatment.
More questions about Swelife? Please contact communications officer Karin Lilja or programme manager Peter Nordström.