Eight new projects within Research for innovation

Just before the end of 2019, Halmstad University received the positive announcement that the Swedish Knowledge Foundation grants more than SEK 37 million for eight new projects within the Knowledge and Competence Center, Research for Innovation. The projects are now underway and the ninth year of the center has begun, with a total of about 80 ongoing research projects within Research for Innovation.

A merge of two images, one of a forest and the other of a city. Photo collage.

“This is fantastic! We now have very good coordination and focus in the Knowledge and Competence Center’s work. We have succeeded in broadening and including more of the University’s researchers, while focusing even stronger within the University’s two profile areas. This was the second consecutive year that the Knowledge Foundation was positive to essentially our entire operational plan”, says Thorsteinn Rögnvaldsson, Programme Director for Halmstad University’s Knowledge and Competence Center.

What is a Knowledge and Competence Center?

Halmstad University is one of five universities in Sweden that has qualified to be a Knowledge and Competence Center by the Knowledge Foundation. The other Knowledge and Competence Centers are at University of Skövde, Mid Sweden University, University West and Jönköping University. The Knowledge and Competence Centers receive funding from the Knowledge Foundation through yearly plans, instead of applying in separate calls.

Through the Knowledge and Competence Center, the Knowledge Foundation provides support for research efforts that are gradually developing an increasingly profiled educational and research institution, with the highest quality, clear positioning and with activities that have a strong relevance for the development of industry and society.

Halmstad University’s Knowledge and Competence Center was inaugurated in April 2012 and will run for ten years, until the end of 2021. The Knowledge and Competence Center is called Research for Innovation to reflect the University’s profile. Crucial to all research projects within the Knowledge and Competence Center is the close collaboration with industry, known as co-production. This means that companies are engaged in research projects together with the University’s researchers, and make important contributions to the research at their own expense.