UU Innovation

Financing collaborative projects

Financing

We help you find financing for your collaboration

Financing is very often a key issue on starting a collaboration. UU Innovation can help to find different forms of financing, give advice, and help to match up the right partners for applications.

Below you can find some examples of the funding opportunities that the university can offer and where you can apply at any time. We also have knowledge of other programs and calls for financing collaboration between academia and businesses. We work closely with the University's EU coordinators and research secretaries to provide the best possible advice on external financing.

Contact us for more information on the options available and see what suits your needs.

Collaboration Voucher

For those who work in the humanities and social sciences at Uppsala University and want to arrange a workshop or other meeting with new partners from a private, public or non-profit organisation, UU Innovation provides collaboration vouchers. The purpose is to be able to explore and identify common interests for collaboration. Applications are accepted continuously and financing may be granted up to 30 000 SEK.

Interested and want to know more? Please contact Michael Funke at UU Innovation for more information.

Feasibility study funding - to quickly get started

UU Innovation offers financing of feasibility studies between university researchers and companies or other organizations. A pre-requisite is that starting a collaboration is of interest and benefit to both parties.

Feasibility study projects can be funded with up to 50 000 SEK. The money can be used to fund the academic party’s time and costs for the project.

Verification for collaboration

Verification for collaboration, (VFS in Swedish), is a programme to fund early collaborative projects between researchers at Uppsala University and private, public or non-profit organisations. The programme offers an opportunity to get started and to test a partnership in a joint project with mutual interest.

The idea of VFS is to reduce the obstacles that prevent or delay the start of a collaboration. Funding may be granted up to 300,000 SEK per project. The money is paid to the academic party in the project. Collaboration projects can vary in scope and focus but must always be of mutual benefit to the participants.

The VFS program has had one call per year in 2014 to 2016. What's new for 2018 is that applications are accepted continuously. 

Read more about VFS

Build for the future, BFF

Build for the future, BFF, is a financing opportunity aimed at facilitating researchers to prepare an application for major calls where collaboration with one or more external organisations is a requirement. Examples of such calls are Vinnova's initiatives Competence Centre (Kompetenscentrum) and Challenge-driven Innovation (Utmaningsdriven Innovation, UDI) as well as calls from European institutions such as EIT and IMI.

BFF funding support the formation of a consortium with at least one external organisation in respect of a specific major application. Examples of activities that can be funded are meeting arrangements and travelling to meet industry partners.

For more information, please contact Anna Franzén or Cecilia Nilsson, collaboration managers at UU Innovation.

Impact of research in applications

Writing competitive research applications is a challenge - time is often short, there are many questions, as well as persons and parties, involved. For some forms of research, such as EU funding, you need to describe in the application how the research will be utilised and how it will create benefits – i.e. impact  - for society.

Here, we at UU Innovation can help. We cooperate with the University's research secretaries and EU coordinators and together we cover as many aspects as possible. In this way we can create the best possible conditions for research and give you the optimal flexibility to use your research results in the long term. The ability to utilise research commercially is often dependent on the way it is funded and who owns the rights to the results.

From UU Innovation you can get help with, amongst other things:

  • tips and advice on different calls
  • help in finding the right partners - business and/or organisation - for your application
  • help  to identify and describe what can be utilised, how and when
  • help  with issues surrounding the ownership and management of IP
  • advice on resources, activities, roles, scheduling and financing of research utilisation
  • advice, tools and inspiration for research utilisation


A useful tip

Remember to contact the university's research secretaries, EU coordinators, or us, in good time, for the best assistance with your application. 

Find current calls

In Medarbetarportalen you, as a researcher at Uppsala University, can find current calls from both Swedish and international financiers.