Research collaboration

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Companies, who have a strategic interest in a topic, can co-finance a research project with SDU. The project must be of scientific interest and relevance for SDU.

The researcher maintains the right to publish own results. However, an agreement may be settled to postpone publication until the company has protected the results. The company subsequently has the opportunity to purchase or license SDU's share of legal rights to the results yielded by the project.

Research projects may be co-financed with public funding, such as, e.g., the Innovation Fund Denmark (Innovationsfonden) or EU funding programmes.

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Research collaboration

Public co-funding

Companies apply with SDU and potentially more partners for public funding (e.g. from Innovation Fund Denmark) to run a joint project. SDU supports the application writing process.

Costs
Partners bear own costs that are co-funded.

Contract
Grant agreement, optional non-disclosure/IPR agreement

Results
Partners keep own results, IPR and publication rights. Licensing can be agreed upon.

Private co-funding

Companies co-finance a research project with the university, which is of scientific interest and relevant for both partners.

Costs
Co-financing based on individual agreement

Contract
Collaboration agreement, optional non-disclosure/IPR agreement

Results
Partner keeps own results, IPR and publication rights. Licensing can be agreed upon.

Industrial PhD/Postdoc

Companies employ an industrial PhD student or postdoc on a full-time contract for three years, supervised by SDU and the company. Subsidies from the Innovation Fund Denmark may be available.

Costs
Salary agreed upon between the company and the PHD student/postdoc.

Contract
Employment contract, PhD agreement with SDU

Results
Companies own the results, PhD student has to publish them (partly)