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.
Research collaboration and innovations
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.
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.
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.
Advancing entrepreneurship and innovations
Behind Aalto's entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem are both student-led entrepreneurial activities and the university's own research and innovation hubs.
The corporate relations team promotes cooperation between business and Aalto University. We help companies find the right contacts in Aalto and support the development of strategic partnerships.
Other forms of collaboration
Field-specific networks and ecosystems are a great way to participate in university research and stay up-to-date with development.
Design Factory develops creative ways of working and enhanced interdisciplinary interaction to support world-class product design in educational, research and practical application contexts.
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.
ACAS combines Aalto expertise on various fields to tackle challenging systems-related research problems related to the autonomous operation of networked machines.
The Aalto Factory of the Future is an infrastructure to support innovation in future industrial automation, industry 4.0 & 5.0 and beyond. It allows test and trials of advanced technologies, such as future wireless communication (5G / Wifi6 and beyond) in industry.
Aalto research collaboration in practice
Read the latest news about our research collaboration with companies and communities.
How does hydrogen actually work as a fuel? Research project receives 1.7 million euros to study hydrogen combustion
The goal of the project financed by Business Finland is to speed up the development of emission-free marine technology, among other things.
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.
Concerns about the climate, the world’s oil resources, and the availability of strategic raw materials have turned interest towards renewable and carbon-neutral natural resources in the production of energy, fuels and chemicals. Most of the world's industrial chemicals are still petroleum products but biorefineries are the game changers of future.
From processing metals to recycling batteries - Aalto University and Boliden work together to strengthen top expertise in metallurgy
Competence in metallurgy is needed as the energy transition increases the demand for metals, and the reuse of materials requires new competence.
New T-REX Project launches to drive closed-loop sorting and recycling of household textile waste across the EU
Aalto University is part of a consortium that has launched an innovative European Union (EU) funded project to create a circular system for post-consumer textile waste.
The second video in FCAI's new video series presents collaboration between FCAI, health equipment manufacturer Planmeca and Tampere University Hospital.
Examples of research collaboration with companies
Here you can find examples of various research collaboration projects with companies.
The seven key research areas of Aalto University
Digital technologies like AI and 5G cut through the whole society, from education to medicine and economics.
Materials research ranges from physics, nanotechnology, mechanics, performance and design to biomaterials and sustainable resource use.
Art and creativity enable looking at the grand challenges of our time from a new perspective. Look past the imaginable and join us in changing the world in art and design knowledge building.
Research related to global economy dynamics is carried out in the areas of business, economics, and industrial engineering and management.
The main focus in energy research and teaching are energy sciences, multidisciplinary energy technologies, and sustainable energy solutions.
Research in this area aims to understand how individuals experience their physical environment and how art, spaces, buildings and communities can enhance it.
Health and wellbeing focus areas include biomedical engineering, neuroscience, biomaterials, digital health, and health management and design.