SIO Grafen is a Swedish national Strategic Innovation Programme with the ambition to strengthen collaboration between industry and research providers in graphene application areas, by identify-ing and bringing together key players in value chains towards applications. SIO Grafen is supported by Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Research Council Formas.
The purpose is to build a national mobilisation and community around graphene, identify and bring together important players from industry and academia towards applications. The programme proposes priority areas within research and innovation and announces demonstration projects within these.
The program organizes open calls where companies and research partners in collaboration can ap-ply for funding for joint research and development projects.
The goals are to increase the technical maturity of graphene and establish graphene as a new ma-terial class in order to solve future challenges and strengthen knowledge transfer between different industries as well as between companies, universities and institutes. The programme office organ-izes workshops, business coaching for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) and entrepre-neurial support.
The programme will establish Sweden as one of the leading innovation countries within graphene, develop and establish new value chains, and make it possible for Swedish graphene-based prod-ucts to reach the market by 2017. The vision is that Sweden will be among the world's top 10 coun-tries to utilize graphene to ensure industrial leadership by 2030.
In parallel with SIO Grafen, the project Advocacy Platform for Graphene Technologies, is available to influence future EU calls for Swedish companies wishing to participate in European research and innovation projects.
In the EU's major venture Graphene Flagship, which is run from Chalmers, the EU allocates one bil-lion euros over ten years in order to move graphene from research to practical use.