To reach the visions of the STRIM agenda, the programme office uses four different tools:

  • innovation projects,
  • education,
  • symposiums and meetings,
  • internationalisation.


Calls for innovation project proposals are opened regularly. The proposed projects should contribute to a more sustainable and competitive Swedish mining and metal producing industry, for instance through technical advancements. The projects that are funded can be pre-studies, full-scale projects or pilot projects. In addition, the programme office may initiate individual projects in areas of particular interest. Project applications are evaluated by an external assessment team. This leaves a recommendation to STRIM’s Board, which, after a thematic review, leaves a decision to Vinnova. After that, Vinnova takes the formal decision on which projects are granted and administrates them.


To improve the availability of competent personnel in Sweden, a graduate school is planned within the auspices of STRIM. The graduate school will be open to all PhD students active in any of the focus areas of STRIM.

Symposiums and meetings

STRIM arranges several seminars and meetings each year. Some of these are primarily intended to inform and facilitate communication between different projects and project members. Other meetings invite anyone interested in the research and innovation undertaken within the STRIM programme. Learn more about upcoming events in the calendar.


A part of the work of the programme office is focused at monitoring events in the European research context. It is, for instance, possible to apply for travel grants to participate in Horizon 2020. Eligible to apply are small and medium-sized enterprises, non-governmental organisations, universities, university colleges and government agencies in Sweden.