The Foundation decided in 2002 to support research through the ProViking programme in the area of Product Realisation in the amount of SEK 180 million over the five-year period, 2003 – 2007.
Included in the programme is a National Graduate Research School which started in 2003. The programme is also supporting a new concept of making research results available to industry - the Result Center.In all about fifty different companies and organizations are involved in ProViking. Twelve of the fifty companies are small, so-called SMEs.
The National Graduate Research School, hosted by Chalmers University of Technology, started its activities in 2003 with a budget of SEK 30 million. The school is a virtual or networking school with the participation of the universities in Göteborg, Halmstad, Jönköping, Stockholm, Linköping, Luleå and Lund.This new research school covers the entire field of product realisation. All research students taking part in the ProViking projects will join the school, which is also open to other research students in product realisation.
The ProViking Board decided to apply a new concept to make research results from the ProViking projects available to other companies than those involved in the particular projects.The concept consists of two main parts. The first part is a seminar programme that made several tours around the country to different companies. The research results and the people behind the research were presented at the seminars.The second part has a different perspective, namely to make research results available on a website. Research results as well as the people involved can easily be searched for on the web. To learn about recent results please visit www.resultcenter.se
In consideration of the success of ProViking and the needs of Swedish industry, the Board of the Foundation decided in October 2007 to extend the programme for another six years, with funding in the amount of SEK 210 million. To follow further developments, visit www.proviking.se
Text: Lars Frenning
This is an extraction of an article in the Activity Report 2007. Read the complete text.
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