co-operation with researchers

co-operation with researchers

Co-operation between researchers and industry can be of shorter or longer term. The Department of Health Science and Technology encourages and facilitates co-operation between external partners and the many highly qualified research groups at the department. The outcome of a collaboration can be very rewarding. Inventions and state-of-the art research results can lead to great commercial results and increased market value for the industry.

Co-operation contracts

The Grants & Contracts unit at Aalborg University drafts and negotiates collaborative research agreements between researchers and external parties in order to secure an acceptable and balanced legal position for both parties. As an external partner you will find many options and great flexibility. You can define the content of the project together and the project can be co-financed by both parties.

Joint research gives you the possibility to follow university researchers at first hand and the technology transfer will be done continuously during the project. In that context, it can be decided that part of or all the research will be performed by or on the premises of the external party, or that the project is based on products or a technology already developed by the external party. The terms for the research project will be set forth in the collaborative research agreement.

Co-operation with PhD students

Co-operation with a PhD student is a unique offer for companies wishing to optimize their competencies in close interaction with Denmark´s leading research environment within health science and technology.

Co-financing models exist and can be discussed with the department.

A number of advantages for the companies co-financing PhD's can be listed:

  • Access to a highly qualified resource for 3 years working on an assignment directly based on an industrial problem
  • An opportunity to utilize the competencies of the PhD student to the benefit of the company´s development as well as the upgrading of the competencies of the other employees
  • Access to the latest research-based knowledge
  • Access to national and international networks
  • Research is of relevance to the company
  • Access to part of the IPR in which the project will result

More information on funding and collaboration

You can read about funding possibilities from The Innovation Fund Denmark here: 

You can read more about how to co-operate with Aalborg University here


If a company wants to have a specific problem documented or a specific competence strengthened, it is possible to hire a researcher on consultancy basis. Such a relationship is regulated by means of a collaborative agreement.

Guest Researchers

A company may suggest topics and researchers whom the Department of Health Science and Technology can invite to pay a visit for a period of time. This way companies can benefit from recognized researchers' knowledge within specific areas.