Image above: Virtual mine is a sub-project within the collaboration project SIMS, Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems, a project that receives support via Horizon 2020.
Sweden is one of the ten most successful countries when it comes to funding from Horizon 2020, the EU framework program for research and innovation. In total, this amounts to just under EUR 1.3 billion to Swedish actors in 2018, according to the innovation agency Vinnova.
Several of the Vinnväxt initiatives in Sweden have been involved in successful funding’s from Horizon 2020. One example is Process IT Innovations, which have supported the collaborative project SIMS, Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems. The vision with SIMS is to create a long lasting impact on new technology and solutions for the mining industry. With a selected consortium ranging from mining companies, equipment and system suppliers to top-class universities, the SIMS project will boost development and innovation through joint activities aiming at creating Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems.
Horizon 2020 is the European framework program for research and innovation determined by the European Commission. The calls within Horizon 2020 entail significant funding opportunities for Swedish research and innovation actors and opportunities to participate in European collaborative projects for technology development and solutions to societal challenges.
A report from Vinnova shows that Sweden is successful in the framework program, a total of 3.5 per cent of the distributed funds, corresponding to EUR 1.3 billion, has been granted to Swedish players.