Corporate collaboration

Co-funded research: an easy route to impactful cooperation

Co-funded research enables long-term cooperation and technological development with a small financial contribution. It also offers opportunities for networking and knowledge-sharing, as these projects are often part of larger entities, such as national or international consortia. Bilateral doctoral projects can also be co-funded.
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Co-funded research projects include for example:

  • Consortium projects fully or mostly funded by Business Finland, the Research Council of Finland, the EU and other third parties
  • Projects jointly funded by Aalto University and a company or companies

Cofunded consortium projects

In addition to the university, co-funded research projects can involve a variety of actors, such as companies, other universities, research institutes and other public organisations. Co-funded collaborative research allows companies and organisations to participate in a variety of ways and to network and share information with other project partners. Participation in a joint project can even open up new customer or business partnerships within the network.

In most cases, the main source of funding for a project is competitive project funding from, for example, Business Finland, the Research Council of Finland or the EU. Part of the funding usually comes from the consortium's participating companies and the research organisations themselves.

It should be noted that consortia projects can take even more than a year to prepare and apply for funding. Projects usually take 2-4 years to complete.

Instead of producing scientific research that is just filed away, Stora Enso's materials, our pilot possibilities, and the university's research laboratories are used extensively.

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Bilateral research collaboration as a a co-funded project

The co-funded model allows a company or organisation to participate in university research with a partial financial contribution. This is a good way to establish long-term research cooperation, especially when researching entirely new technologies or acquiring new skills that will boost future competitiveness. In particular, doctoral thesis projects can be carried out through co-funded projects.

When the research topic is of particular academic interest to the university and funding is available, a bilateral project agreement can be used to initiate cooperation. The principles of IPR are similar to those for co-funded consortium research. 

Interested in joint research?

If you would like to get involved in a long-term collaboration that will increase your future opportunities but do not know where or how to start, contact the Aalto Corporate Relations team. We will help you find the right partner among our experts to help you refine your research idea. 

Contact us at Aalto Corporate Relations

Examples of cofunded projects

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Doctoral research is shedding new light on recycling

A research collaboration with industry partners is improving the recycling of milk and juice cartons

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Digital twin for optimizing the carbon balance in wastewater treatment

Researchers at Aalto are creating a digital model for automatic continuous predictive process simulations supporting wastewater treatment plant operation in a new project called DIGICARBA. The proposed digital tool will have a wastewater treatment process model connected to continuous data transmission from the Helsinki wastewater treatment plant.

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FinnFiberColor – Spun cellulose fibres and sustainably colored textiles

The FinnFiberColor project develops sustainable solutions for manufactured cellulose fibre processes. The project has enhanced the understanding of the properties of new kinds of textile fibres and assessed the consumer perception of fabrics created from alternative materials.

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