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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!

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.

Within the framework of the VFS a project can receive funding by up to 300 000 SEK. Cooperation projects can vary in scope and focus but are always to the mutual benefit of the participants.

What can be financed through VFS?

The following can be financed through VFS:

  • Salary for the academic party’s tasks in the project
  • Planning/meetings/trips
  • 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
  • Purchase of services or supplies from party within the collaborative project

UU Innovation at your service

If you are planning to apply for VFS-funding or simply would like to learn more about this funding opportunity please contact us for advice and support. We offer support throughout the process, from planning the application to when the collaborative project is up and running.

Don't hesitate to use the service we provide on VFS. The earlier you contact us, the better help you can get.

Contact us today!

Så bedöms ansökan

Ansökan om finansiering inom VFS bedöms på följande grunder:

  1. Problemställning och målsättning
    a. Ansökan innehåller en tydlig formulering av projektets problemställning
    b. De konkreta resultat som respektive part förväntas ha uppnått efter projektets slut är väl och realistiskt beskrivna
  2. Genomförbarhet
    a. Det är realistiskt att planerade aktiviteter kommer att kunna genomföras under projekttiden
    b. Aktiviteterna och budgeten är rimliga för att uppnå projektets målsättning
    c. Projektet har tillgång till den kompetens och nätverk som behövs för att genomföra projektet
  3. Potential och nytta för alla deltagande parter
    a. Värdet för den externa organisationen beskrivs väl
    b. Värdet för universitet/forskaren beskrivs väl (Notera att mervärde som gynnar en enskild forskares idéer anses också gynna universitet)
    c. Samhällsnyttan med projektet beskrivs väl
  4. Potential för fortsatt samarbete efter projektets avslut
    a. Möjligheterna för att fortsätta samarbetet efter avslutat projekt beskrivs realistiskt och väl
    b. Det finns potential för samverkanskonstellationen att attrahera annan finansiering från exempelvis statliga finansiärer eller från extern organisation efter projektets slut

In short
  • Background and objective of the collaboration
  • The project's feasibility
  • The project's value to the participating parties and society
  • Potential for continued collaboration

This is how the application process works

  • Applications can be submitted any time during the year
  • The specified application form must be used
  • Applications for funding are made jointly by the parties and must be signed by both parties.
  • UU Innovation provides advice and hands-on support with your application for VFS-funding.
  • Applications are assessed by reviewers appointed by the university's three disciplinary domains
  • Funding recommendations are made by the university's Advisory Board for External Collaboration
  • The Vice-Chancellor will make the formal decision on VFS-funding
  • The decision is announced by UU Innovation
  • If the application is granted, the money is paid to the project's academic part.
  • Payment requires a cooperation agreement governing intellectual property rights, which UU Innovation, if necessary, can help with.

Please note:
In 2018, the Advisory Board for External Collaboration will handle submitted applications on  meetings in September and December meetings (the specific dates will be announced shortly). The application must be submitted no later than four weeks before these dates to be handled by the advisory board.

The application form will be available here shortly!


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