“I am proud of how well we have done in an extremely tough field of competitors. The ranking shows that our expertise and research are having an impact on society and our customers. In line with our strategy, we focus on tackling global challenges and finding solutions to them based on our customers’ needs. When we solve global problems, international markets and networks open up for our customers,” said Antti Vasara, president and CEO of VTT.
The parameters used in the European Research Ranking evaluate the organization as a research partner in H2020 joint projects (the share of top-level research partners in the organization’s research projects), the number of EU-funded projects, and the diversity of the organization’s research activities.
“VTT has a reputation as a strong innovator in Europe. The survey will help to strengthen our position as the leader in our innovation ecosystem, raising interest among international companies in working alongside Finnish partners and collaborating in VTT’s research networks. This will benefit the whole of Finland,” said Vasara.
VTT has won €123 million in research funding from the H2020 program, representing around 17% of all EU Horizon funding brought into Finland. VTT’s EU projects are implemented as joint ventures involving a range of actors from several countries.
“Success in the ranking is based on long-term research, advocacy and competence development. VTT’s research strategy plays a key role in the identification of programs, calls for applications, projects and partnerships. We have effective project management capabilities and strong internal support services for EU projects. Networks also play a key role in building common viewpoints with other European research organizations and partners,” said Vasara.