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Research collaboration

Aarhus University frequently has interaction and collaboration with private business both domestically and abroad. The University is always open for new opportunities to collaborate on research areas of common interest. Aarhus University actively takes part in both specific research projects as wells as more general opportunities for private companies.

Collaboration through research projects

Aarhus University collaborates with private companies on research projects. Together the University and the company define the project and contribute equally.

The contents and terms of the research project are formulated in a project description and a collaboration agreement. The two documents must, at the minimum, meet the criteria for collaboration described in the University’s internal guidelines and the guidelines on collaboration agreements with private companies set out by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Choose a link from the box on the right to read more.

In some collaboration agreements there are additional terms that must be taken into consideration. Those agreements include clinical agreements and agreements for research projects financed under the 6th and 7th frame work programmes of the EU, which are so-called consortium agreements. Choose a link from the box on the right to read more.

Other types of agreements that are relevant for collaborative research projects include material transfer agreements (MTAs) and non-disclosure agreements or confidentiality agreements (NDAs). Choose a link from the box on the right to read more.

The TTO is often involved in the formulation and negotiation of these agreements. In some instances, the Office must review an agreement, before the contract can be signed. Read more below or contact the TTO, if you have any questions regarding agreements for collaboration projects.

Technology Transfer Office website


General opportunities for private companies

If your company wishes to engage in collaboration with Aarhus University, but does not have specific research collaboration in mind, you should contact the Business Liaison Office for information about a number of other options that the Business Liaison Office facilitates. Examples of such collaboration could be:

  • Participation in after-work meetings where researchers talk about a specific subject
  • Hosting a PhD fellow as part of the Industrial PhD Initiative
  • Find a researcher for collaboration within the company’s field
  • Customized courses for continuing education.

You can receive more information by visiting the Business Liaison Office website or contacting the Business Liaison Office via email.

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Revised 04.03.2014