Challenges and opportunities for transport infrastructure

Sweden’s development and prosperity depends heavily on efficient transport and requires a reliable, safe and sustainable transport infrastructure. Our country’s topographic and demographic conditions, with sparsely populated areas and rapidly growing cities, mean that our transport infrastructure is both complex and socially critical in several respects. The stable and long-term financing of our infrastructure is not enough; we also need innovation that results in increased sustainability, increased productivity and more efficient use of transport infrastructure.

The vision of InfraSweden2030

In 2030, Sweden has a competitive transport infrastructure sector for climate-neutral transport that addresses society’s economic and social challenges.

To achieve this vision, the programme has three main objectives:

Develop innovation for transport infrastructure.

The programme shall promote research and development of competitive products and services that shall be in demand nationally and internationall

Create an open, dynamic and attractive environment.

The programme shall promote a creative and interdisciplinary system mindset. The transport infrastructure sector shall be a dynamic industry with good profitability that develops a positive innovation climate.

Reduce impacts on the environment and climate.

The programme shall, through innovative thinking, contribute to reducing climate and environmental impact from construction, operation and maintenance.

InfraSweden2030: a strategic innovation programme

Vinnova, the Swedish energy agency and the Swedish research council Formas jointly finance a total of 17 strategic innovation programmes, of which InfraSweden2030 is one. Cooperation in areas of strategic importance to Sweden both creates the preconditions for finding sustainable solutions to global social challenges and increases Sweden’s competitiveness in the international arena. Businesses, academia and organisations join forces under the umbrella of these programmes to develop the sustainable products and services of the future. Anyone who is able to assist with this development is welcome to apply for funding.

InfraSweden2030 makes open calls for innovation in transport infrastructure, approximately once per year. The programme also organizes seminars and workshops with industry experts to promote collaboration and innovation in the Swedish transport infrastructure sector.

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InfraSweden2030 works through six focus areas