Coordinators from MDH will be speakers at leading international conference on research

Jun 26, 2014 | Research/Cooperation

Research coordinators from Mälardalen University (MDH) have been invited to a large international conference for research managers and administrators to report on how the University’s specialized research area Embedded Systems is cooperating with companies in Sweden and Europe.

At the international EARMA (European Association for Research Managers and Administrators) conference on 1 July in Tallinn, research coordinators Malin Rosqvist and Carolina Blomberg from MDH will talk about the topic “Research in cooperation with the industry – new ways of working with industrial partners”. The presentation will be given in cooperation with Gregor Novak, from the EU Commission’s Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME), and Lea Aasamaa, from the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) in Estonia.

– It is of course great that we get the chance to talk at an international conference such as EARMA about how we at MDH carry out research together with the industry. We who work as research coordinators support both researchers and companies with information about current grant offerings, and when projects are well underway, we can also help with project management, say Malin Rosqvist and Caroline Blomberg, research coordinators for Embedded Systems at MDH.
Among the topics addressed at the conference is the EU’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, which was launched at the end of 2013. Compared with the previous framework programme for research in Europe, FP7, Horizon 2020 has an increased focus on research carried out in cooperation with the industry, and comes with greater expectations regarding innovation, new products and improved processes. Research on embedded systems at MDH has for a long time and to a considerable extent been done in cooperation with the industry, both nationally and internationally, and the Division for Research Coordination within Embedded Systems has a specific mission to initiate and facilitate cooperation between researchers and companies.

About RECO, the Division for Research Coordination
Both nationally and within the EU, there are a number of funding opportunities for research carried out in cooperation between the industry and higher education. RECO, the Division for Research Coordination, provides researchers and companies with information about research grants that can be applied for by both the University and companies. RECO also introduces companies to the practicalities involved in carrying out research together with the University.
RECO is a part of the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, but offers support also to other research environments at the University, as well as to companies cooperating with MDH. RECO works actively to find suitable funding and to create new consortia as well as new research projects. RECO has certified project managers, with experiences of different types of project and the evaluation of projects.

About the research specialization Embedded Systems
Embedded Systems constitutes the biggest research area at MDH, with an annual budget of 105 million kronor. Around 60 parallel research projects are carried out by 14 mutually supportive research groups. A large part of the research is done in cooperation with companies in both Sweden and Europe, and most of the funding comes from external sources, e.g. the Knowledge Foundation, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, Vinnova, the Swedish Research Council, and the different EU research programmes.