HÖG – Research projects

In the HÖG programme, research scientists in academia and business partners together solve problems in which the questions and goals have been jointly defined.

How HÖG contributes to the development of strong research and education environments

The programme can be used to initiate the establishment of a research environment in early stages of its development, and may also be used by established research environments in renewing its research or to institute new industry collaborations in importance for its continued scientific development. The effects of the programme are that research findings often generate new knowledge and increased competence, and thereby raise qualification levels in both companies and academia, increase research volume, and increase collaborative research between academia and the business sector.

About the programme

The HÖG programme provides research scientists and companies the opportunity to jointly respond to a well-defined and delimited research question. The programme can be used to initiate the establishment of a research environment in early stages of its development by strengthened research, as well as by established research environments in renewing its research by instituting new industry collaborations in importance for its continued scientific development.

The objective of the HÖG programme is for researchers at the university to work with business partners to address a research question that contributes to scientific development and creates benefits for the business partners.

The purpose of all the Knowledge Foundation’s programmes is to build strong, business-relevant research and education environments. The specific purpose of the HÖG programme is for the academic environment to strengthen and/or renew its research.

The programme’s contribution to the university’s development

The research project being conducted in co-production between academia and the business sector leads to scientific results, manifested both in publications and in career development, as well as opportunities for broadened funding. When companies are brought in as research partners new ideas are born, additional projects and collaboration are created, and more research scientists and companies can be linked to the group. Several successful research environments have been developed out of collaboration with the business sector in research projects. Research that occurs in co-production also tends to link research more closely to education. Over the long term, research can also be an aid in obtaining authorization to award degrees within the fields the research represents.

The programme’s contribution to business sector development

A few examples of why companies choose to take part in the research projects are their need for know-how, competence boosts and more effective tools as well as their need for external ideas, or the opportunity to be first with unique technology or methods. Companies point out that co-production with universities has often been part of the development of their own operations in the form of a new product or method, greater efficiency, new processes, or a widening of the companies’ markets. There are studies indicating the importance of continuity in collaboration on research and education. These studies emphasise that companies who engage in long-term collaborative research with academia have greater productivity, growth, sales, and exports per employee compared with those who do not collaborate or who have only collaborated on rare occasions. The majority of companies state that working with research scientists has been inspiring, and that through collaboration they have had greater involvement concerning their own work. In summary, the companies have noted a boost in competence – not only thanks to the research findings but also through the collaboration between research scientists and the companies’ employees.

Programme design

The scope of projects within HÖG relate to well-delimited research projects conducted over one to four years in co-production between research scientists at a university within the Knowledge Foundation’s target group and companies who operate on a competitive market. At least two companies must co-finance each project. Funds from the Knowledge Foundation may only be used for funding of employees at the university and direct project-related costs; see the section on approved costs. A maximum of SEK 4 million can be applied for from the Knowledge Foundation. The business sector’s total commitments of in-kind contributions and/or direct funding should match at least the sum contributed by the Knowledge Foundation.

Who can apply, and how it works

• Sweden’s university colleges and new universities may apply.  Calls are open for all scientific and artistic research fields.
• The project manager must be a research scientist with a doctoral degree  (or similar artistic merit) at the applicant university.
• The project is to be pursued in co-production with the business sector.
• Calls for proposals within the programme are issued annually.
• Applications must be registered via the Ansök & rapportera portal.

Gabriel Granström
Programme Manager for HÖG, Analysis and evaluation
073-712 81 33 gabriel.granstrom@kks.se
Birgitta Olsson
Secretary to the CEO and Programme Administrator
073-712 81 12 birgitta.olsson@kks.se