LIGHTer SME aims to develop small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into highly specialized suppliers of lightweight technology for Swedish industry. The ambition is for smaller companies to receive funding quickly and without large administration to be able to develop their ideas in short-term projects.
LIGHTer SME is a call within SIP LIGHTer which, with funding from Vinnova, supports SMEs to develop solutions in short projects that contribute to the lightweight technology of the future. It is a tool for smaller companies to be able to become a stronger part of the Swedish innovation system. With minimal administration and fast processing, the goal is to strengthen Swedish SMEs that work with lightweight technology. LIGHTer SME addresses primarily companies that have not previously received major public funding for research and support them to enter the innovation system.
Since the start in the autumn of 2017, one call for proposals has been made every six months. When the new stage starts in the autumn of 2023, 11 calls for proposals have been carried out, which has led to 70 projects receiving funding and 76 different SMEs being given the opportunity to develop their cutting-edge skills.
Two calls for proposals will be carried out, one in the autumn 2023 and one in the autumn 2024.
SME projects (fomerly known as level 2 projects) are designed individually according to the nature of the project and include, for example, validation projects where an SME in collaboration with relevant actors develops a prototype or demonstrates a manufacturing technique either independently or together with industry. A maximum of SEK 325,000 can be granted as a a grant.
Deeptech projects are offered to research-intensive start-ups / small companies that want to take the next step in their solution development to commercialize new technologies. Up to SEK 500,000 can be awarded as a grant.
Read more about the call on LIGHTers website, see link to the left.
450 000 kr