IVA’s 100 List Q&A

IVA’s 100 List shines a spotlight on current research and helps researchers and businesses find each other and together create innovations and new commercial opportunities. Here you can find relevant and updated information on the 100 List.

About IVA’s 100 List

What is IVA’s 100 List?

Answer: IVA’s 100 List presents selected research projects believed to have the potential to be developed into innovations, to promote business development or to provide other benefits. The list reflects a diverse range of research projects and researcher expertise from Sweden’s universities in a given field.

IVA’s 100 List highlights research projects of interest that could be a basis for various types of collaboration or could be developed in partnership with a commercial actor, and that inspire the creation of new relationships, meetings and networks. All participating researchers/research teams are eager to increase their contacts with the business community and continue to develop their projects.

IVA’s 100 List was launched in connection with IVA’s 100th anniversary in 2019 – which is where the initiative got its name. The research projects on the first 100 List had commercial potential linked to digitalisation, while the 2020 list focuses on research connected to sustainability. The application for IVA's 100 List 2021 opens on January 29, 2021.

Why does IVA compile a 100 List?

Answer: IVA wants to support Sweden in becoming a leader in turning academic research into innovation and commercial competitiveness. The goal is to strengthen and increase collaboration between university research and businesses for the mutual benefit of all parties. Increasing the number of successful partnerships will improve Sweden’s competitiveness and promote positive societal development. The purpose of the 100 List is to shine a spotlight on research with significant potential to generate benefits for the foreseeable future in areas such as industrial commercialisation and business/method development, or by having an impact on society.

The 100 List focuses on research in a specific thematic area each year to reflect the potential of research to meet the challenges of our time. IVA is also underscoring its mission to address broad themes to build bridges between different parts society, the business community and academia.

Which research is included in IVA’s 100 List? 

Answer: The 100 List consists of a selection of research projects in a specific field that are under way at Swedish universities and that are considered to have the potential to be commercially developed or benefit society in other ways. The research projects on the list are selected in a nomination and selection process based on a number of established criteria.

How can I as a researcher get on the 100 List?

Answer: The 100 List is open to researchers and research teams within engineering and economic sciences who are seeking contacts with business/industry or their communities to partner for continued research, to develop applications and to commercialise the research or put it to good use in some way.

If your research meets the established criteria and is within the relevant field for the current year’s list, you can apply to be placed on the 100 List. Please note that applications must be submitted during a specific, limited period of time. The application for IVA's 100 list 2021 is open during the period 29 January - 21 March 2021.

About the application process

Which research fields/applications qualify for consideration for the 100 List?

Answer: The 100 List is open to researchers and research teams within engineering and economic sciences who are seeking contacts with business/industry and their communities to partner for continued research, applications and to commercialise the research or put it to good use in some way. Research fields and application areas for IVA’s 100 List in 2021 are announced when the application opens on january 29.

Who can apply to be on the list?

Answer: To apply to be on the 100 List, researchers/research teams must have the drive and will to develop their research through, for example, commercial development, and be able to provide a detailed description of the research and its goal.

The research must meet the established selection criteria and be within the field specified for the year in question.

How do I apply to be on the 100 List?

Answer: After ensuring that your research meets the criteria, that you have the right to represent the research and that you can consent for it to be presented to the public, you can apply by providing information on your research using the application form available on the Award Force digital platform.

All applications that are received will be verified by a specially appointed review group who will ensure that the research is in the relevant field and meets the criteria for the list.

A designated selection committee will then review all applications and submit its evaluations to R2B’s Steering Committee. The Committee will then make the final decision on the research projects to be presented on the 100 List.

The 100 List also has a quality assurance team assigned to the selection process that participates in all stages of the process.

Can I recommend research that should be on the 100 List?

Answer: Yes, we welcome recommendations! You can use a special form to recommend research you know about that you think deserves to be recognised by being on IVA’s 100 List. The researcher will automatically be informed of your recommendation and be invited to apply for a place on the list.   

About the selection process

What is the selection process?

Answer: All applications received are verified by a specially appointed review group who ensures that the research is in the relevant field and meets the criteria for the list.

A designated selection committee will then review all of the applications. The selection committee consists of around 30 individuals representing broad areas of IVA’s network. Each submission will be reviewed by several individuals on the selection committee based on the established criteria and the research project’s potential for commercial development or other potential benefits.

The selection committee will then submit its evaluations to R2B’s Steering Committee which will make the final decision on which research projects to present on the 100 List.

The 100 List also has a quality assurance team assigned for the selection process that participates in all stages of the process.

What is evaluated and which criteria are prioritised in the selection process?

Answer: The purpose of the 100 List is to shine a spotlight on researchers and research teams who want to increase their contacts with the business community/industry and their local community. Being selected for the list is therefore not based on scientific excellence; the focus is instead on the potential of the research for commercial development and innovation, and its possible benefits for users, businesses and society. High scientific quality is, however, a basic requirement to be considered for the list.

The selection process is based on five criteria, applying a points system. If nominated projects with similar research are competing with each other for a place on the 100 List, the selection committee selects submissions based on the expected commercial potential and benefits of the research. Compiling a 100 List which as a whole represents a broad variety of types of research is also a consideration.

Selection criteria:

  1. Potential to be considered for commercial development and/or innovation that can lead to:
    1. Competitiveness
      Competitiveness is determined based on a number of structural factors indicating particularly good potential to produce and sell products or services. The efficiency of the production process, products and services of companies plays an important role in ensuring a country’s combined competitiveness. For a business this may involve having access to expertise, infrastructure, capital, legal rights, and predictability in legislation and the administration of justice. Knowledge is a vital aspect of a company’s competitiveness. It may come from research and development within the company itself or from an academic actor. Questions asked: Could your research bring a competitive advantage to a company or perhaps to Sweden as a country by providing a knowledge advantage or improving competitiveness in another way.
    2. Societal benefits
      The term societal benefits means that all parts of society will benefit. In economics, societal benefit is defined as something that increases the combined prosperity of a society and contributes to the country’s GDP. In other words, it is not the same as improving the situation of individuals or businesses, but is instead able to contribute to the progress of a nation as a whole. Questions asked: Can your research promote societal benefits and increase Sweden’s prosperity in general
  2. Implementation capacity (the team/the researcher)
    Emphasis is placed on the researchers themselves having the drive and will to develop their research for commercial applications or to otherwise turn their knowledge into something that benefits society.
  3. Readiness (maturity and timing)
    To what extent are the research idea and results “ready” for the market; in other words, what is the project’s commercial or societal maturity. Maturity can be described according to the EU’s Technology Readiness Level (TRL) model. The model, which can also be applied to non-technical projects, shows a maturity level on a scale of 1–9, where TRL1 indicates that the basic principle is observable and provable, and TFL9 indicates that it is fully tested and available for the market. 
  4. Originality
    Unique properties. What about the nominated research is unique, new and innovative?
  5. Sustainability
    The research project’s approach to sustainability and impact on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The selection process uses a points system of 1–5 for the above items. The potential (1) and capacity (2) criteria carry more weight in the selection process.

Which stage should the research have reached?

Answer: The research should have reached a stage where it can be disseminated and presented to the public, and be able to be commercialised in the near future. Emphasis is placed on the researchers themselves having the drive and will to develop their research for commercial applications or to turn their knowledge in another way into something that will benefit society – see the capacity selection criteria. 

Should intellectual property rights be in place?

Answer: The situation with respect to the creation and management of intellectual property and other knowledge-based assets must be clear. The strategy produced cannot be based on rights that are already limited to one party exclusively. The matter of ownership must be settled between the relevant parties and commercial interests relating to the research results must also be established. Having a feasible business model(s) in place is an advantage in the selection process. How intellectual property will be managed and any business model ideas should be described in the application. 

How will confidential information be handled?

Answer: IVA’s R2B project and the 100 List are aimed at researchers and research teams whose research is at a stage where it can be disseminated and presented to the public. There should therefore be no information included in your application that is confidential or sensitive and that cannot be shared openly with the public. Confidentially cannot be maintained within the framework of participation in the 100 List.

Parties with a stake in the research should actively weigh in on what confidentiality within the framework of collaboration might look like, as confidentiality may be crucial for subsequent, possible patent applications. Since wording on confidentially is dependent on many different factors, the parties need to be able to jointly present wording that is formulated to be sustainable.

The person completing the application is responsible for managing the confidentiality aspect. IVA operates on the assumption that the person completing the application is managing the confidentiality aspect. If there is any uncertainty or if support is needed to describe the project in sufficient detail without including sensitive or confidential information, you can consult the innovation support department at your university.

Can a decision by the selection committee or Steering Committee be appealed?

Answer: Selection and decisions made by the R2B Steering Committee or IVA cannot be disputed or appealed.

Who is on the selection committee?

Answer: The selection committee for the 100 List in 2020 consisted of: 

Anna Danestig, Senior Advisor External Relations, PRV
Catrin Gustavsson, Senior Vice President Innovation & New Business, Södra
Charlotta Nordenberg, Manager, Malmö University Innovation, Malmö University, Produktionslyftet
Christin Wendel, Strategic Coordinator, PRV
Erik Lindahl, Professor in Biophysics
Elena Fersman, Research Director, Artificial Intelligence, Ericsson
Eva Lindström, Former State Secretary, Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications, Fellow IVA division XI
Göran Stemme, Professor, KTH
Hans Enocson, Senior Advisor
Helena Malmqvist, Research Manager, Jernkontoret
Jan Nordling, Energy Export, IVA
Jan Tengvall, Innovation Adviser, Grants and Innovation Office
Jane Walerud D.Eng h.c.
Jesper Johansson, VD/CEO, Talent Eye
Katarina Gårdfeldt, Associate Professor in Environmental Inorganic Chemistry Chalmers, Director-General, Swedish Polar Research Secretariat
Lars Gunnar Mattsson, Professor em., Mistra Centre for Sustainable Markets (Misum), Stockholm School of Economics
Lars Wiigh, European Union and Business Development Executive, IBM
Maria Svane PhD Physical Chemistry, Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV
Dr. Martin Wikström PhD, Director Research and Innovation, IVA
Mats Deleryd, CEO, SIQ – Swedish Institute for Quality
Mats Rydehäll, Head of the Office of Research Administration, Collaboration and Innovation, University of Skövde
Monica von Schmalensee, Arkitekt SAR/ MSA, Partner White arkitekter
Per Hjertén, Project Manager, IVA
Dr. Peter Löwenhielm, Business Coach, KI Innovations AB
Pirkko Tamsen PhD, Life Science Consultant, Arandi Innovation AB
Samuel Holmström, CEO, Lundqvist Trävaru AB
Sven Löfquist, Chairman, Manomotion AB
Thomas Eldered, Director, Recipharm
Ulf Södergren, Board member, Division 1 ÅF
Victoria Van Camp D.Eng, CTO, AB SKF

About the project Research2Business – support and responsibility 

What is Research2Business (R2B)?

Answer: Research2Business is a project run by IVA to promote collaboration between researchers, the business community and the public sector to improve Sweden’s competitiveness in an international and sustainable perspective. Research2Business establishes meetingplaces to promote a better climate for innovation through collaboration and new, expanded interfaces between academic research and the business community. Read more about Research2Business

Can researchers receive funding or advice through R2B?

Answer: R2B has neither the funds to finance research nor the resources to provide individual support or advice to researchers.

R2B refers all inquiries about funding and advice to the respective university's innovation support department, or to organisations that provide innovation support. Read more and find organisations that support innovation here

What is the responsibility of IVA and R2B with respect to participating researchers and their presence on the 100 List?

Answer: Participating in activities arranged by IVA’s R2B project is always voluntary. Any results facilitated by participation are the responsibility of the participant or the participant’s representative. Any contacts or commercial opportunities that arise or any business agreements entered into through R2B’s activities are the responsibility of the parties involved. IVA provides no guarantees that contacts will be made but makes every effort to create opportunities for valuable relationships to be formed. 

Contact information

Malin Mohr
Project Manager
Phone +46 (0)73 - 635 93 50