LIGHTer has gotten the trust to develop a strategic innovation programme (SIP) within the lightweight area. During spring 2013, Sweden's Innovation Agency (Vinnova), the Swedish Energy Agency, and Formas approved the first five strategic areas of innovation, where one of them is lightweight. The other areas are production, metallic materials, mining and material extraction, and IT and automation. All in all, 16 programmes have been accepted. The reason is that lightweight is one of Sweden's areas of expertise.
Strategic innovation programme Lightweight started in October 2013 and is a long term investment built on the strategic research and innovation agenda on lightweight. Stage 1 went on between 2013-2016. Stage 2 went on between 2017-2019, and stage 3 goes on through 2022.