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Research collaboration

Our collaboration with partners in the public sector, industry and society strengthens our ability to tackle major challenges. Together, we are making progress in areas such as democracy, digitalisation, sustainability and health.

We achieve long-term results by combining the academic knowledge of the University with the expertise of different stakeholders. This applies to a wide range of areas, from food supply to sustainable cities and culture.

We believe in the power of collaboration and invite local and regional governments, industry and other organisations to get involved. Together we can shape the future by focusing on innovative solutions and sustainable development.

Areas of collaboration

Lund University has many different forms of research collaboration. Below are some examples of university-wide areas of collaboration and ongoing initiatives.

The University's engagement with industry and the public sector promotes a responsible transition to a circular and biobased economy.

Through these key initiatives, we bring academic expertise into society:

  • creating new constellations
  • advancing innovation and
  • spreading knowledge.

Our efforts also include strengthening collaboration between the University and industry to support collective innovation processes. A concrete example is our engagement in the Mistra STEPS research programme.

Contact person for collaboration in this area:

Josefin Ahlqvist, Project Manager at LU Collaboration
josefin [dot] ahlqvist [at] fsi [dot] lu [dot] se (josefin[dot]ahlqvist[at]fsi[dot]lu[dot]se)

Mistra STEPS

The STEPS research programme was launched in 2016. The vision of the programme is a future society where plastics are developed, produced, used and recycled in a sustainable way as part of a circular economy. 

The partners in STEPS are:

  • Lund University
  • University of Copenhagen
  • RISE
  • IVL
  • 22 industry partners
  • County Administrative Board of Skåne.

The Mistra STEPS website

Lund University actively collaborates with industry and the public sector in areas such as:

  • nanoscience
  • materials research
  • semiconductor technology
  • advanced digitalisation.

Our aim is to strengthen our role as a centre for knowledge and expertise in the materials of the future. We are also committed to making the region an attractive meeting place for innovative solutions in materials science.

Through collaboration, research and dialogue, we can promote the effective use of resources and a transition to smarter industrial solutions.

Contact person for collaboration in this area:

Anna-Karin Alm, Project Manager at LU Collaboration and NanoLund
anna-karin [dot] alm [at] ftf [dot] lth [dot] se (anna-karin[dot]alm[at]ftf[dot]lth[dot]se)


NanoLund is Lund University's centre for nanoscience and focuses on using nanoscience and nanotechnology to solve society's major challenges.

These include:

  • creating a society based on renewable energy
  • developing the IT systems of the future
  • promoting new diagnostic tools in healthcare
  • supporting the growth of Swedish industries that use nanomaterials in their production.

The NanoLund website

Sentio Competence Centre 

The Sentio Competence Centre aims to improve sustainability, reduce resource usage and increase competitiveness in Swedish industry. The centre will achieve this through real-time optimisation of production processes and product performance using integrated sensor technology.

To realise this ambitious vision, the centre will create a highly interdisciplinary environment by bringing together a wide range of skills from industry and academia.

Sentio is funded by Vinnova.

The Sentio website

ACT – Advanced Chip Technology

ACT brings together semiconductor specialists in Sweden to research and develop advanced chip technology to meet future demands. By combining scientific expertise with commercial potential, ACT addresses industrial needs in areas where technology and knowledge are in high demand.

The competence centre aims to become an attractive partner within the European Chips Act. It will use its strengths to support European activities, while accessing technology and knowledge in areas where Sweden may have weaknesses.

ACT is funded by Vinnova.

About ACT on the Vinnova website

LINX – Institute of Advanced Neutron and X-ray Science

LINXS is an advanced study institute dedicated to promoting science and education, with a focus on the use of neutrons and X-rays. It aims to attract world-leading scientists for short-term, focused research visits and to build international networks.

The LINX website

Lund University is committed to promoting sustainable cities and mobility. We achieve this by working together with local governments, businesses and other stakeholders.

In this context, we aim to strengthen our role as a knowledge hub within social and business development. To create opportunities for sharing knowledge and expertise, we focus on securing increased funding and participating in joint research and innovation projects and platforms. Examples include Future by Lund and Viable Cities.

Contact person for collaboration in this area:

Patrik Rydén, Project Manager at LU Collaboration
patrik [dot] ryden [at] fsi [dot] lu [dot] se (patrik[dot]ryden[at]fsi[dot]lu[dot]se)

Future by Lund

Future by Lund (FBL) is an innovation platform for the development of sustainable and attractive cities. It is also an arena for collaboration between universities, municipalities, organisations and industry. 

Lund University, the City of Lund, and other stakeholders support and are involved in FBL.

The Future by Lund website (in Swedish)

Viable Cities

Viable Cities is a strategic innovation programme focused on the transition to climate-neutral and sustainable cities.

The programme is supported by investments from Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas.

The Viable Cities website

Through collaboration with industry and the public sector, Lund University is a leading actor in health and life science. We strengthen knowledge development and contribute to innovative solutions to meet global health challenges.

We strive to serve as a resource for expertise and a hub for knowledge in the field. We are also committed to enhancing the quality, innovation and societal relevance of education and research.

We seek long-term collaborations for a healthier and more sustainable future. This includes participation in Genomic Medicine Sweden, among others.

Contact person for collaboration in this area:

Maria Johansson, Project Manager at LU Collaboration
maria [dot] johansson [at] fsi [dot] lu [dot] se (maria[dot]johansson[at]fsi[dot]lu[dot]se)

Genomic Medicine Sweden

Genomic Medicine Sweden, GMS, coordinates the introduction of precision medicine. It also enables better diagnostics, care and treatment throughout Sweden.

The Genomic Medicine Sweden website

In collaboration with industry and the public sector, Lund University aims to strengthen interdisciplinary research and promote collaborative projects in sustainable finance.

We aim to be a resource for expertise and a hub for knowledge in the field. We also promote promote high-quality and socially relevant education and research. We participate in Mistra BIOPATH and Sparbanken Skåne's Centre for Sustainable Enterprising, SSCEN.

Contact person for collaboration in this area:

Johanna Generosi, Project Manager at LU Collaboration
Johanna [dot] generosi [at] fsi [dot] lu [dot] se (Johanna[dot]generosi[at]fsi[dot]lu[dot]se)


Mistra BIOPATH is a collaborative research programme that helps companies and the financial sector to integrate biodiversity into decision-making on land use and investments.

The aim is to improve methods and develop tools to increase knowledge about our dependence and impact on biodiversity.

The Mistra BIOPATH website

Sparbanken Skåne's Centre for Sustainable Enterprising – SSCEN

The School of Economics and Management (LUSEM), the Faculty of Engineering (LTH) and Sparbanken Skåne have founded SSCEN, Sparbanken Skåne’s Centre for Sustainable Enterprising at Lund University.

The centre promotes collaboration between universities and industry to meet new demands on companies in the transition to zero emissions and sustainable practices.

Through interdisciplinary solutions across several research topics and faculties, SSCEN contributes to meeting these challenges.

SSCEN's webpages on the School of Economics and Management website

In research and innovation policy, we promote quality in collaboration initiatives for system innovation. The aim is to

  • strengthen interdisciplinary research
  • increase the number of joint projects and
  • secure funding.

We want to enhance the role of the University as a centre of excellence and promote quality in education and research. Through mutual understanding, we build a strong foundation for long-term collaboration. This in turn benefits society by driving research, innovation and societal development.

Contact person for collaboration in this area:

Emily Wise, Project Manager at LU Collaboration
emily [dot] wise [at] fsi [dot] lu [dot] se (emily[dot]wise[at]fsi[dot]lu[dot]se)

The LIEPT model

The LIEPT model, developed by Lund University in collaboration with Future by Lund, is a tool for monitoring the development of innovation ecosystems. It combines different methods to provide an overall picture of change over time.

The model also uses funding data to show which projects have received support and where the money comes from. This provides insights into new projects and growth in different areas.

The SESAM project

In Sweden, large sums are invested annually in research infrastructure, such as experimental equipment, resources and services.

The SESAM project aims to make lab infrastructures more accessible to academia and industry. The project is led by Uppsala University, Lund University, Stockholm University and RISE. A number of other universities are involved. Funding is provided by Vinnova.

The SESAM project website


The cultural and creative industries are a priority area for the EU. These include:

  • architecture
  • fashion
  • design
  • audiovisual production
  • cultural heritage
  • publishing and
  • fine art.

ekip has received EUR 6 million from the European Commission to develop policy recommendations that promote innovation in these sectors for the period 2023 to 2026.

The project brings together 17 partners from across Europe and is coordinated by Lund University.

Contact person for collaboration in this area:

Charlotte Lorentz Hjorth, Project Manager at LU Collaboration
charlotte [dot] lorentz_hjorth [at] fsi [dot] lu [dot] se (charlotte[dot]lorentz_hjorth[at]fsi[dot]lu[dot]se)

charlotte [dot] lorentz_hjorth [at] fsi [dot] lu [dot] se (The ekip website)

Strategic collaboration agreements

Our university-wide strategic collaboration agreements are partnerships between Lund University and selected stakeholders. In these, we work towards common goals.

Strategic collaboration agreements

Knowledge Innovation Communities – EIT KICs

Lund University actively participates in several Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs) initiated by the EU. Their purpose is to strengthen Europe's innovation capacity.

Knowledge and Innovation Communities – EIT KICs

Collaborate with us

Do you represent a municipality, company or any other organisation? Are you interested in collaborating with us at Lund University? Then you are welcome to contact LU Collaboration.

noomi [dot] egan [at] fsi [dot] lu [dot] se (Email LU Collaboration)