About the initiative

LIGHTer SME aims to develop small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into highly specialised providers of lightweight technology for Swedish industry. The goal is for smaller companies to receive funding, quickly and without big administrative burdens, in order to develop their ideas in short-term projects. 

Who is the project targeted to?

We aim to support Swedish SMEs within lightweight technology. We are especially eager to support smaller companies that have not previously received major public research funding. Companies that have not previously received major funding grants for research will be given priority in the assessment. Furthermore, we want to encourage small businesses that are more established in the Swedish innovation system to take the leap into European research programmes. 
The initiative aims to develop SMEs into highly specialised providers that help Swedish industry become more competitive within lightweighting. All technology areas that address lightweighting in some way are welcome to apply. 

The Lightweight strategic innovation programme and Vinnova pursue equal opportunity throughout society. This means that applicants should take gender equality and equal opportunity into account in areas like project manager selection, the composition of their project team/project participants, division of labour, power and influence in the project, target group involvement, and the development of ideas and solutions.

Two project forms are funded in this call: SME-projects and Deep-tech projects.

SME projects can apply for 500 000 SEK co-funding and Deep-tech projects can apply for 750 000 SEK. Co-financing of 50% is required in all projects. The call's total budget is 6 MSEK.