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Research networks

International collaboration networks continuously developed

VTT is a significant player and a recognized partner in global research communities. VTT has established tens of strategic cooperation agreements  with top-rated international universities and research institutes. Our international customers apply and exploit VTT’s technologies in developing their own businesses. Furthermore, VTT participates in the international Global Research Alliance, whose aim is to promote sustainable development in developing countries. 

European network and innovation partnerships with global importance

VTT is among the top five most active European research institutes participating in EU research programmes. VTT has joined in several European research activities such as ARTEMIS, EERA and JIIP. In addition, VTT is a founder member in the HTA Research Alliance on micro- and nanotechnology in electronics.

YEAR (Young European Associated Researchers) is a network of young researchers that aims to support the new researchers on their early path and to promote european co-operation between different research organizations. (Read more)

National research consortia augment international activities

VTT has an extensive strategic collaboration network with Finnish universities. VTT research groups are involved in three of the Academy of Finland’s centre of excellence programmes, in addition to its participation in more than 30 national technology programmes.

VTT is involved in the Finnish Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation (SHOKs) as a shareholder, developer of strategic research agendas, and research operator. The centres provide an opportunity for closer research collaboration among companies, research institutes and universities.

VTT has set up a number of active research alliances with partners from industry and academia, such as the Finnish Centre for Nanocellulosic Technologies, the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM, and the Triple Helix project in Oulu.

VTT has service points in a number of locations in Finland and it continuously strengthens the availability of VTT services by regional representatives, local partnerships and project based development work.

Public research funding

A vital part of the research networks are the public funding organizations. VTT has close collaboration with these organizations to successfully implement both EU and national level technology and innovation policy. The most important public research funding organizations for VTT are the EU Commission, Tekes and Academy of Finland.

Diverse and large customer networks

VTT’s diverse network of development oriented customers covers several businesses and public organizations fosters VTT’s competencies in technology applications as well as increases understanding of the innovation needs of various businesses. VTT has altogether more than 6,000 customers from which around 600 are outside Finland.

Contact points in strategically selected technology and market centres

VTT has contact points in different parts of the world to support its international operations: Sao Paulo (Brazil), Silicon Valley (USA), Shanghai (China), Tokyo (Japan), St. Petersburg (Russia), Seoul (South Korea) and Brussels (Belgium). These contact points promote the research collaboration between VTT’s projects and local operators.


Additional information

Leena Sarvaranta
Vice President, EU affairs
+358 20 722 4830

Jari Uotila
Manager, International Operations
+358 20 722 7524

Additional information

Leena Sarvaranta
Vice President, EU affairs
+358 20 722 4830

Jari Uotila
Manager, International Operations
+358 20 722 7524

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