How academia and business collaborate
What does the ”business sector” mean for us?
By business, the Knowledge Foundation primarily refers to privately owned business. In cases where there is public ownership in a company whose operations are conducted on a competitive market, and the company finances its operations in the way that companies do in business, this operation can also be included in the concept. This means that the company must not have public contributions or fees as a decisive part of its income.
For all activities, it must not be of a purely administrative nature. The business must primarily produce products or services. The companies must be active in Sweden to such an extent that their efforts constitute a value for the co-production and that they have the opportunity to integrate the results from the co-production in their operations here. The participation of business in specific projects is described in detail in our program descriptions and call texts.
Strengthened competitiveness through co-production
Value for businesses
There are many advantages for business to co-produce research or education with academia. This could, for example, be about increased competence development, shared development costs and the development of new solutions.
Value for academia
For academia, co-produced projects with business can, for example, mean access to relevant, new and upcoming knowledge. It also creates opportunities to develop employees, develop partnerships and gain access to data and materials that would otherwise not have been possible.
Co-operation works best when it is based on mutual respect and is long-term
It's a win-win situation
Academia needs the industry and the industry needs academia
The business sectors participation and benefit
Forms of funding with co-production in focus
In the foundation's toolbox there are a number of programs from which Sweden's colleges and newer universities can apply for funds to co-produce research or education together with business.
Benefits for the business sector
All applications received by us are assessed based on four assessment criteria, one of which aims at the project's ability to co-produce and benefit business.