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From concept to collaboration

Verification for collaboration (VFS in Swedish) provides funding to initiate joint projects between Uppsala University and private, public or non-profit organisations. With VFS you get the opportunity to go from the idea of a collaboration to actually testing it!

Strengthening partnerships across borders

VFS is a collaboration support driven by a quest for increased cooperation between academia and the rest of society. With the help of VFS you can realise a common project, test your cooperation and lay the foundation for continued collaboration.

Crossing the threshold

It is rare that either the will or the interest is missing, but the step to starting a concrete collaboration can still be great. The VFS program's primary purpose is to reduce the obstacles that prevent or delay the start of a project with academic and non-academic participants. With VFS you can get help to "cross the threshold" and thus get started and test cooperation in a joint project.

A simple form of funding

Within the framework of the VFS a project can receive funding by between 50 000 and 200 000 SEK. Cooperation projects can vary in scope and focus but are always to the mutual benefit of the participants. Applications for funding are made jointly by the parties. The financial assistance is paid to the project's academic party. Payment requires a cooperation agreement governing intellectual property rights, which UU Innovation, if necessary, can help with.

What can be financed through VFS?

The following can be financed through VFS:

  • Planning/meetings/trips
  • Verification of potential obstacles to the project idea and/or collaboration as such
  • Verification of the long-term nature of the partnership
  • Salary for the academic party’s tasks in the project
  • Third party services that are crucial to the project
  • Purchase of supplies from third parties
  • Hiring of infrastructure and equipment for the project

The following, on the other hand, are not funded:

  • Contract research and commissioned education
  • Collaboration with researchers' own companies
Assessment criteria
  • Background and objective of the collaboration
  • The project's value to the participating parties
  • The project's feasibility and implementation of its results
  • Plan for continued collaboration after the project is completed
  • Project team composition and roles


For further information or if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cecilia Nilsson, collaboration manager at UU Innovation.