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Research collaboration and innovations

The possibilities for research collaboration extend from single research projects to long-term funding of research personnel and also include possibilities to utilise the university’s extensive research infrastructure. Often the collaboration starts from a single project but may develop into long-term strategic partnership.
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Aalto University/ Department of civil and environmental engineering / Water engineering / Adolfo Vera

Joint-funded research collaboration

Jointly funded research collaboration enables many possibilities for partners; different roles and levels for participation as well as networking and information sharing with other partners. Possibilities include:

  • Projects funded mutually by Aalto and a company
  • Projects fully or partially funded by Business Finland, the Finnish Academy, EU or other funding organisations

Projects may involve research institutes, other universities and corporations. Academic results, such as publications or theses are required. Ownership of IPR depends on the funding organizations.

Aalto University / Micronova Cleanroom / Aino Huovio

Contract research

Corporate-funded research enables more flexible consideration of corporate-specific needs.

Preferably, the topic and goals of corporate-funded projects should be connected to ongoing research and support the development of strategic thematic areas at Aalto.  Academic results, such as publications or theses are typically required. IPR typically belongs to the company.

Aalto University / Micronova / Ville Jokinen /photo by Aino Huovio

Funding personnel for research and teaching

Companies can ensure progress of research also by funding positions for research personnel working in their interest fields.

  • Professor of Practice (PoP) are distinguished professionals from business life, public sector, and arts, having often the task of promoting collaboration with external stakeholders.
  • Adjunct Professors work part-time at Aalto and participate intensively especially in teaching.
  • Postdocs: Experienced post-docs ensure long-term knowledge transfer and provide efficient guidance of MSc and doctoral students.
  • Doctoral Students: Many research projects employ doctoral students as practical task force.

Other forms of collaboration

International mobility

Aalto Innovation Services

Innovation Services promotes the commercialization of research in Aalto including technology transfer, licensing and creation of spin-outs.

Aalto-yliopiston innovaatiot ja patentit

Find a patent

We sell and license patented technology and the know-how to needed to deploy patented technologies.

Slush 2017. Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto/ Mikko Raskinen

Entrepreneurship and startups

Entrepreneurship infuses everything at Aalto. Whether you’re a student interested in entrepreneurial education or a startup looking for an accelerator – or something in between – join our community!

Aalto University/Lasse Lecklin

Research and learning infrastructures

Our research and teaching infrastructures are a prerequisite for world-class, cutting edge research. They offer opportunities for collaboration and foster the local innovation ecosystem growth. The large infrastructures are open for all Aalto and external users.

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FCAI

FCAI is a national competence center for AI in Finland, initiated by Aalto University, University of Helsinki, and VTT aiming to major industrial and societal impact.

Industrial Internet Campus is a co-innovation lab for students, researchers and companies

Industrial Internet Campus

Aalto University Industrial Internet Campus (AIIC) is a platform for students, researchers, and companies to innovate and co-create smart, connected products and services. Industrial Internet Campus enables multidisciplinary research, education and innovation together with industrial partners.

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Aalto Corporate Collaboration in practice

Read more about the ways how we at Aalto collaborate with companies and communities.

Aalto University and Nokia expand their cooperation

Aalto University and Nokia expand their cooperation

Intelligent robotics

Finnish Center of Artificial Intelligence FCAI and VTT join forces

Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT will join Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI launched by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki as a third founding member.

Aalto-yliopisto / Kemiantekniikan korkeakoulu / polttokennotutkimus

Collaborate with us

The School of Chemical Engineering carries out wide ranging and diverse forms of cooperation with industry. The school's most important corporate partners included Neste, UPM, Stora Enso, Valio, Fortum, Metsä Group, Outotec, Andritz and Kemira.

School of Engineering / students

Collaborate with us

Our work at the School of Engineering is inspired by the needs of society. We seek to contribute to the development of society by taking an active role in Finnish and international life – dialogue with a variety of stakeholders and cooperation agreements with the Capital Region municipalities and key partners support this aim.

Aalto University / School of Science / Collaboration

Let's do it together

As our partner, you will have an opportunity to contribute to the establishment of a new working culture and unique concentration of research, development and innovation.

Alumni

Let's do it together

As our partner, you will have an opportunity to contribute to the establishment of a new working culture and unique concentration of research, development and innovation.

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ICT and digitalisation

We represent 25–35% of the scientific publications and university education in the field of ICT and digitalization in Finland.

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Materials and sustainable use of natural resources

Our innovations based on materials research provide great opportunities for Finnish and international businesses.

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Art and design knowledge building

We aim to find new ways of solving supposedly impossible problems, to contribute to the wellbeing of people, and to have a positive impact on wider society.

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Global business dynamics

Our research contributes significantly to the competitiveness and renewal of Finnish industry and serves to help policy decision making.

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Advanced energy solutions

Energy-related research is widely carried out by us. The main research focuses are energy sciences, multidisciplinary energy technologies and energy and the environment.

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Human-centred living environments

We are developing interdisciplinary research to enhance the planning, design, and testing of better living environments.

Aalto-yliopisto / Unto Rautio

Health and wellbeing

Our health and wellbeing research mostly focuses on neuroscience and -technology, functional magnetic imaging, biomedical engineering, bioinformatics and computational medicine, as well as on health and wellbeing technologies and management.

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Aalto Sustainability Hub

To address complex sustainability challenges, Aalto Sustainability Hub works to increase interdisciplinary collaboration and to promote sustainability in teaching, campus development and other operations at Aalto.

Aalto Sustainability Hub