Millions in grant for strategic development of outreach mission

11 December 2013

Uppsala University has received a grant of SEK 8 million from the Vinnova research council for the strategic development of its mission to interact with the wider community. The project is intended to coordinate and strategically develop the many initiatives that the University has already taken. Besides this, Uppsala University is included in another project to promote the exchange of experience among nine institutions of higher education.

Vinnova’s call was intended to create incentives for collaboration and to enhance the utility of research-based knowledge, with the goal of contributing to the development of society.

Uppsala University has received a grant of its own worth SEK 8 million to develop a strategy for cooperation with external partners, both public and private. For many years the University has had multiple functioning arenas and models for collaboration; the idea is now to develop a strategy for how these can be deployed most strategically and which ones are suitable for what. The goal is also to transfer these work modes to new areas. This experience will benefit several universities, and three institutions are already participating: the Karolinska Institutet, Lund  University, and Linköping University.

With a further grant totalling SEK 12 million from Vinnova, Uppsala University is also taking part in the KLOSS Project (Kunskapsutbyte och Lärande Om Strategisk Samverkan [Knowledge Exchange and Learning about Strategic Collaboration]), which involves nine Swedish higher-education institutions. The purpose is to develop and implement work modes, tools and models that strengthen Sweden as a knowledge and business nation, while also advancing research and education at the institutions themselves.

Collaboration is also to take on a more distinct role as a strategic tool for both development and increased use of universities’ research and education.  The goal is also to enhance our knowledge of structures and methods for devising and following up collaborative efforts and to clarify how such efforts can be assessed in terms of career advancement.

By making use of each other’s experience and collaboration within KLOSS, the higher-education institutions are to develop a structure for exchange between institutions and in relation to the surrounding world. Another important point is to review how the respective outreach work of researchers and teachers can be further developed.

KLOSS work will be conducted in the form of six subprojects and one joint one for follow-up. The subproject Meeting Places and Activities to Develop Collaborative Relations is to be coordinated by UU Innovation at Uppsala University. The project as a whole is being synchronised by KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

“Now we are poised to further develop the collaboration between Uppsala University and the wider community and at the same time reap the benefits of the extensive experience we have at the various higher-education institutions as a whole”, says Uppsala University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Anders Malmberg.