Research collaboration and innovations
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
Aalto Corporate Collaboration in practice
Read more about the ways how we at Aalto collaborate with companies and communities.
The most recent results of joint research are related to the temporal response function of speakers: we want to hear all sound frequencies at the very moment when they are supposed to be heard.
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.
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.
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.
Aallon keskeiset tutkimusalat
We represent 25–35% of the scientific publications and university education in the field of ICT and digitalization in Finland.
Our innovations based on materials research provide great opportunities for Finnish and international businesses.
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.
Our research contributes significantly to the competitiveness and renewal of Finnish industry and serves to help policy decision making.
Energy-related research is widely carried out by us. The main research focuses are energy sciences, multidisciplinary energy technologies and energy and the environment.
We are developing interdisciplinary research to enhance the planning, design, and testing of better living environments.
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.
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.