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​Research cooperation

VTT engages in research cooperation with three main objectives: to increase innovation-driven investment in Finland, reshape industrial and commercial business activities and create added value and jobs in Finland. Domestic and international cooperation within larger RDI communities gives VTT a prospect to promote solutions to grand challenges of the society. VTT is closely linked to European innovation initiatives.

VTT has sought participation in those projects that will boost the competitiveness and renewal of industrial value chains in Europe and strengthen regional innovation ecosystems and their cross-border networking. This requires participation in extensive networks and long-term preparatory work, particularly in Finland’s and Europe’s research, innovation, industrial and regional policy sectors.

Dynamic collaboration networks

A vital part of research and innovation takes place in networks. VTT is active and recognized partner in many international research and innovation communities, having strategic cooperation agreements with top-rated universities and research institutes. VTT's customers can have access to new knowledge with VTT through these networks. Furthermore, VTT can help public sector understand what the innovation needs of various industrial sectors are, in Finland and more widely across EU and other regions in the world.


In Europe

European network and innovation partnerships with global importance

Joint European programmes (H2020, EIT, Euratom, Eureka and Nordic Programmes) form the core of VTT’s international research activities. Extensive networks, positive visibility and active involvement in EU projects can provide an important springboard for Finnish innovation. VTT’s EU projects portfolio consist of a number of multi-year programmes and various funding instruments requiring a strong command on funding rules and contract law. VTT is among the most active European research institutes participating in EU research programmes.

Long-term cooperation with various networks and communities is required in order to be part of priority-setting in European RDI policy and programmes. VTT is active in industry-relevant Public Private Partnerships and numerous ETPs (European Technology Platforms) and the European Metrology Programme. VTT is also involved in three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT Digital, EIT RawMaterials and EIT Food), as well as the European Energy Research Alliance EERA and the Euratom programme for safe nuclear energy.

The common vision of European RTOs (Research and Technology Organisations) is being promoted via active participation in EARTO. VTT takes a constructive approach in stakeholders’ dialogue with European Institutions, examining issues in a broad innovation policy context across traditional administrative boundaries.

Examples of European research alliances for VTT

  • EARTO - European Association of Research and Technology Organisations
  • EERA - The European Energy Research Alliance
  • EIT Digital - European Institute of Innovation and Technology
  • EIT Food - European Institute of Innovation and Technology
  • EIT Raw Materials - European Institute of Innovation and Technology            
  • EIT4Food - European Institute of Innovation and Technology
  • NUGENIA - Nuclear Generation II and III Association

VTT in PPP initiatives (H2020)

Contractual PPPs

  • Photonics
  • 5G
  • Big Data
  • Cyber Security
  • Robotics
  • FoF (Factory of the Future)
  • SPIRE (Sustainable Process Industry and Resource Efficiency)
  • EeB (Energy Efficient Building)
  • EGVI (European Green Cars Initiative)

Joint Technology Initiatives / Joint Undertakings

  • Electronic Components and Systems ECSEL
  • Biobased Industries BBI
  • Fuel Cells and Hydrogen FCH


VTT engages in active cooperation between stakeholders (companies, universities and colleges, research institutes, research funding agencies, ministries, municipal and regional administration) in order to foster regular information flows and a common vision of Finland’s priority areas.

VTT works in close collaboration with industry and highlights the renewal of industrial value chains and sustainable competitiveness in Finland and Europe. To achieve these objectives, VTT is making a major contribution to the development activities of regional innovation ecosystems and networking between local centres of expertise.

In addition to normal project cooperation, VTT’s national partnerships include Finnish Centres of Excellence and the Flagship Programme of the Academy of Finland, as well as shared research infrastructure such as Bioruukki, SMACC, PrintoCent, 5G Test Network Finland, Micronova, MIKES and VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety.

​VTT in Finnish Centres of Excellence (Academy of Finland)

  • CoE in Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) (2012-2017)
  • CoE in Low Temperature Quantum Phenomena and Devices (2012-2017)
  • CoE in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials (2014-2019)
  • CoE in Quantum Technology (2018-2025)


VTT in the Flagship Programme (Academy of Finland)

  • 6Genesis – Enabled Wireless Smart Society & Ecosystem
  • FCAI – Finnish Centre for Artificial Intelligence
  • FinnCERES – Competence Centre for the Materials Bioeconomy
  • PREIN – Photonics Research and Innovation

​Shared facilities at national level

  • Bioruukki - Circular Bioeconomy Pilot and Research Facility
  • SMACC - Smart Machines and Manufacturing Competence Centre
  • PrintoCent - Innovation Centre for Printed Electronics
  • 5G Test Network Finland
  • Micronova - Cleanroom Facility for Microelectronics
  • MIKES - National Metrology Institute
  • VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety


In the world

​In a globalized world, developing solid knowledge base requires world-class players and broad-minded collaboration across disciplines. We believe that a brighter future is created through science-based innovations, and responsible research and innovation. VTT’s public mandate and broad technology portfolio have created the basis for participation in international cooperation and our broad networks means our partners get access to the best knowledge worldwide. VTT also engages in information exchange with diplomatic and foreign services and takes part in Team Finland missions.

​VTT hooks up with international, knowledge-based and innovation-driven networks, where our EU-level experience and research partnerships in Finland have given us a strong position. While VTT’s international public research activities mostly involve European cooperation, VTT is also focusing on collaboration with customers in selected global innovation environments.

VTT is partner in different projects with key players around the world in international cooperation initiatives based on bilateral strategic roadmaps and agreements for collaboration with third countries supported by the EU.


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