Research or innovation

An innovation entails a new or significantly improved product, service or method. It can also be a new marketing method, a new way of organizing business, work organization or external relations. The definition is developed by the OECD and is available in its entirety in the so-called Oslo manualexternal link, opens in new window.

Sometimes this type of improvement is created through a research process, but it is only when the new product, service or method is established or implemented in a market that it becomes an innovation. Innovations can also be the result of needs that arise in, for example, healthcare. A need leads to development work or research and eventually a new product, service or method can be introduced and established.

Sweden's innovation agency is Vinnovaexternal link, opens in new window. By funding innovation and research projects, and strong research and innovation environments, Vinnova is working to improve the conditions for innovation in Sweden.

Vinnova has three initiatives with a particular focus on healthcare and wellbeing:

  • Medtech4healthexternal link, opens in new window – supports demand-driven innovation in medical technology and works for more medical technology ideas to be implemented in healthcare.
  • SWElifeexternal link, opens in new window – works with industry, academia and healthcare to strengthen life science and improve public health in Sweden, among other things by promoting healthcare development, use and evaluation of innovations.
  • Challenge-driven innovationexternal link, opens in new window – an effort to solve societal challenges that require broad collaboration, such as digitization, for better health and health care.

Support for developing innovations is also available in local and regional innovation systems, such as innovation gateways, holding companies, innovation programs, technology parks, innovation offices or incubators. Innovation systems look very different in different parts of the country.