There are several ways to become involved in the programme and take a leading role in digital development. You can become a stakeholder in Smart Built Environment and influence the programme focus or start projects. There are two ways to start projects in Smart Built Environment. Approximately half of the programme’s funding is invested in strategic projects and the other half is raised through calls for proposals.

Participating in Smart Built Environment

Smart Built Environment’s stakeholders have the opportunity to influence the programme’s strategic direction, the strategic projects and the focus of calls. The Programme Board, which comprises representatives from the programme stakeholders, is elected by the participating stakeholders at the annual meeting. Participating in the programme is free of charge and open to anyone who is keen to become involved. The primary requirement is a willingness to contribute by supporting the programme’s goals, strategies and activities with human resources and/or cash financing. Please contact the Programme Office for more information about how to participate.

Strategic projects

Achieving change in the built environment sector using the engine of digitalisation requires collaboration between numerous different parties. Smart Built Environment conducts a range of strategic projects within the scope of the programme’s eight focus areas with the aim of accomplishing this change and contributing to the programme’s goals and desired effects. Broad participation in these projects is very welcome!

Strategic projects are initiated by the Programme Board, which also appoints a process manager. The task of the process manager is to draft a description that acts as a project basis in a particular focus area in collaboration with key stakeholders. This description then forms the basis for open work meetings, whose aim is to concretise which projects need to be implemented and to draft proposals for project descriptions, staffing and co-financing for the projects.

On the basis of the project description, the Programme Board then comes to a decision regarding implementation, staffing and funding. Once the Programme Board has come to a positive decision, projects are submitted to the research funding authorities for a final decision on fund allocation.

After the decision, it is the responsibility of each project manager to carry out the project with the support of the steering committee and to report on progress and final results.

Calls for proposals

Calls for proposals are initiated by the Programme Board, after which the Programme Office develops a suggested call text, the project approval criteria, and support for the appointment of an assessment team based on the development needs and potential of the specific focus area. The process of initiating a call for proposals takes place in close dialogue with the research funding authorities. The call is then published on the Formas website (Formas is a Swedish Research Council for sustainable development) and potential applicants are invited to submit project proposals within the framework of the call.

Submitted project proposals are evaluated by an external assessment team that provides recommendations for approval or rejection based on the call criteria.

When the evaluation is complete, recommendations are taken up for decision by the Programme Board. Once the Programme Board has made its decision, recommendations are submitted to the research funding authorities for a final decision on fund allocation.

After the decision, it is the responsibility of each project manager to carry out the project with the support of the steering committee and to report on progress and final results.