The strategic innovation programme STRIM (Strategic innovation programme for the Swedish mining and metal producing industry) is part of a joint investment in strategic innovation areas (SIP) by Vinnova, Formas and the Swedish Energy Agency.
The focus on strategic innovation areas aims at creating opportunities for international competitiveness and sustainable solutions to global societal challenges, such as access to raw materials and a sustainable commodity production. Actors in academia, industry and other organisations collaborate within the programme, and anyone who wishes to contribute to the overall aim and objectives of the programme are invited to submit applications for financing.
The aim of STRIM is to strengthen the competitiveness of the Swedish mining and metal extraction industry. This is achieved by promoting leading centres and clusters for research, innovation and education where sustainable solutions for the extraction of metals are developed.
The Swedish mining and metal extraction industry is already at the forefront when it comes to sustainability and efficiency in exploration, extraction and refinement. To continually improve the competitiveness, and research and innovation agenda has been developed. It describes visions for nine identified focus areas for the period 2017–2020. All activities within STRIM aim to realize the visions of the agenda.
The programme office uses four different tools to reach the visions of the agenda: