Domestic and International Cooperation

 

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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). 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.

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 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)


Joint Technology Initiatives / Joint Undertakings

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

Nationally

In today’s world, networking, cooperation and combined competences are needed to develop Finland’s national knowledge base. 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. VTT is playing a key role in forming a Finnish approach to the strategic initiatives from the Commission.

VTT is part of Team Finland network bringing together all state-funded internationalization services. In addition to normal project cooperation, VTT’s national partnerships include Finnish Centres of Excellence and 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)

​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

Bioruukki

As bio- and circular economy was recognized as a strategic priority for Finland, VTT and Aalto University started a collaboration to develop a world-class piloting centre in Espoo. Bioruukki establishment, inaugurated 2015, made possible for VTT to offer one-stop-shop, top-level piloting capacity and competences for scale-up and demonstration, process development and custom manufacturing research and services in the field of new biobased chemicals, materials and fuels. VTT Bioruukki has close collaborations with other top European piloting centres.

Smart Machines and Manufacturing Competence Centre (SMACC)

Tampere regional strategy has always placed great importance on the renewal of manufacturing industries. In 2015 VTT, together with Tampere University of Technology and Tampere University of Applied Sciences established Smart Machines and Manufacturing Competence Centre (SMACC). SMACC offers one-stop-shop to the network of research infrastructures and test facilities of the three partners around five themes: Digital Factory, Robotic Village, Digital Systems, Material Insight and Smart Machines. SMACC’s focus is to provide services to SMEs in Finland and build partnerships with the top international hubs.

PrintoCent

With the joint efforts of VTT, Oulu University and City of Oulu, the printed intelligence manufacturing piloting centre PrintoCent was founded to co-develop a credible plan for the industrial renewal of Oulu region and make Oulu a world leader in hybrid, flexible printed intelligence. In PrintoCent, companies get easy access to new business development and pilot manufacturing resources for the introduction of printed intelligence components, systems and products, from pilot production to early market trials. Moreover, PrintoCent has wide global reach with its international member companies and partners.

5G Test Network Finland

VTT coordinates the 5G Test Network Finland (5GTNF), a joint initiative between Finnish public and private sectors. 5GTNF is a 5G platform for technology and service experimentation comprising of multiple interconnected sites around Finland (Espoo, Helsinki, Oulu, Tampere and Ylivieska). VTT co-manages one of 5GTNF nodes. 5GTNF offers testing, trialling and piloting services as well as possibilities for bilateral cooperation within the ecosystem. The collaborating sites form a joint nationwide innovation platform, which aims to serve the needs of both industry and academia. Besides, it is part of important EU Infrastructures such as the 5G infrastructure PPP.

VTT Micronova

VTT Micronova is part of the OtaNano national research infrastructure located in Espoo, jointly operated with Aalto University. OtaNano is an open access research infrastructure, available for academic and commercial users internationally. Micronova facility is the main hub for R&D services in MEMS & micro-electronics including technology development, product development and manufacturing process development services and leading edge research. As well as publicly funded research, VTT conducts private contract research with global companies and SMEs.

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, takes part in Team Finland missions, and gives expert support to the work of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, inter alia.

​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 sponsored by the EU according to bilateral strategic roadmaps and agreements for collaboration with third countries.

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