The Niels Bohr Institute engages in collaboration with a wide range of companies within core research areas where the Institute is at the forefront in quantum technologies, quantum computing and communications, X-ray and neutron scattering, Big Data and in high-tech development of instruments in various fields.
We have given a short overview of possibilities here but you can also visit the University of Copenhagen’s portal for business collaboration.
A joint research project is based on the idea that the company, together with our researchers, will expand the common knowledge base and both benefit from the collaboration. The project is financed by co-financing from the company and often from an external funding body as well as from the University.
A strategic partnership is a long-term collaboration, typically with a duration of at least five years with the possibility of extension. A partnership is an overall framework for externally funded research and innovation projects. It will typically involve a number of underlying projects and access to a range of research facilities and agreements on infrastructure.
Read more about strategic partnerships here: https://research.ku.dk/collaboration/strategic-partnerships/
It is possible for companies and organizations to get specialized analyses or small research projects performed by NBI experts in order to address specific questions and challenges.
See details about how this can be done here: https://research.ku.dk/collaboration/commisioned-research/
The X-ray and Neutron group at NBI has worked closely together with a range of companies and provided valuable new knowledge for solving real-life problems that companies encounter.
For more information please contact Branch Manager: Erik Stieper Brok
Companies and organizations can obtain access to commercial development and use of patented inventions from researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute. The Tech Trans Office at University of Copenhagen is responsible for ensuring the process and handles intellectual property rights. They also hold a catalogue of UCPH inventions available for licensing.
Within quantum technologies, NBI researchers have successfully commercialized research ideas that have given rise to new spin-out companies.
As a company, you have various opportunities for collaboration with our students – and the benefits are many. Our students can assist in solving your specific challenges, and you can gain new methodological and theoretical input while obtaining new perspectives on the organization. Furthermore, it can be an advantage to strengthen the contact to NBI’s research and educational environments with regard to knowledge transfer and strategies for recruitment.
Whether at BSc or MSc level, a project-based internship can be a great opportunity for both the company and the student. For a successful internship, it is important to make a timely and well-prepared plan, and consider the level of time and commitment from both sides in order to match expectations.
To get started, find inspiration in the UCPH pamphlet on internships here:
As a company, you can employ an industrial PhD for a three-year period. The student will, at the same time, be enrolled at the University. The industrial PhD will carry out research where results are applied in an industrial setting. It will provide new knowledge and innovation for your company (see also section “How to get funding).
See example of an industrial PhD at NBI here
As a company, you can employ an Industrial Postdoc, normally a researcher with a newly acquired PhD, who will work closely together with researchers at university level. This option can be relevant for companies of all sizes with a high-tech focus.
The Innovation Fund Denmark and EU, Horizon 2020 have a number of larger project calls for joint research projects and strategic partnerships, which involve industrial partners, such as Grand Solutions, Innovation and FET(Future Emerging Technologies) EU Horizon 2020. The collaborative setup on these applications is often based on a visionary research idea that is still at an early stage, and where the researchers identify an unexplored opportunity for collaboration on a longer term.
The Innovation Fund Denmark and EU (Eureka and Horizon 2020) also have smaller grants to consider if you are a SME or a start-up company:
At the Innobooster programme from Innovation Fund Denmark you can apply for up til 5 mio. DKK for cooperation with knowledge suppliers at the University.
If you have an idea for an innovative research project and want to employ an Industrial PhD and/or an Industrial Postdoc, you can apply for funding at the Industrial Researcher programme from Innovation Fund Denmark.
If you plan to develop an innovative new product, process or service, and want to collaborate with a university, you can apply for a grant at the Eurostar programme.
If you are a SME or start-up with a new high-risk, high-impact idea, it will be interesting for you to know that EU as a new initiative has established European Innovation Council (EIC), which will be responsible for the implementation of projects ranging from innovative breakthrough research to less targeted innovation projects for companies.