Financing collaborative projects


We help you find financing for your collaboration

Collaboration with external organisations is a way for you and your knowledge to make an impact and create benefits for society.

UU Innovation makes it easier for you to initiate various forms of collaborative projects that, in addition to contributing to social benefits, also strengthens your research, your role as a teacher and improves your career opportunities.

Financing is a key issue on starting a collaboration. Helping you find the right funding for your collaborative project is an integral part of our advice and support.

Societal benefit through co-creation

With us you get advice and support for how you can collaborate with organisations outside of academia, including actors from the private, public or non-profit sectors.

Together, we identify what societal challenges your research addresses and which groups and individuals can benefit from your research results, as well as how these groups and individuals can be involved. Moreover, we look into what resources, including financing and collaborative partners, are needed in order to realise the impact potential of your knowledge and research results.

We can help your collaborative venture get started, and even contribute with support in collaborations that are up and running to help strengthen the opportunities for creating impact. Contact us to discuss how we best can support you in moving forward.

Funding opportunities

The University can contribute some funding to help collaborative projects aimed at creating social benefits get started. Examples of these funding opportunities are project funds for conducting feasibility studies with external actors and activities that support the formation of consortia for research applications with external parties. Another example is the Verification for Collaboration programme (VFS in Swedish), which you can read more about below. The purpose of the University's collaboration funds is to strengthen the opportunities for projects to attract external funding.

UU Innovation also has good knowledge of external programs and calls that fund collaboration between academia and the outside world. We work closely with the University's EU coordinators and research secretaries to provide the best possible advice on external financing.


Want to know more about funding options and the best kind of support for your particular needs? Reach out to us!

Welcome to contact Harris Stamatopoulos, collaboration manager at UU Innovation by phone 018-471 7456 or by e-mail.

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.

Read more about VFS

Recently funded projects

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.