UU Innovation

Financing collaborative projects


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 we ourselves can offer and where you can apply at any time, or in connection with an event or announcement. 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.

Feasibility study funding - to quickly get started

Every year UU Innovation arranges a number of events with a focus on exchange of knowledge on specific issues between university researchers and companies or other organizations. An example of such an event is AIMday, which we organize every year in different thematic areas.

To facilitate a continued exchange of knowledge, UU Innovation offers financing of feasibility studies. A pre-requisite is that moving forward and starting a collaboration is of interest and benefit to both parties. Applying for feasibility study funding is simple and is done in conjunction with the ongoing AIMday event.

Feasibility study projects can be funded with up to 50 000 SEK and this makes it possible to quickly and easily get started with the collaboration. Feasibility study funds can be used to fund the academic party’s time and costs for the project.

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.

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

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.