IVA’s 100 list Q&A

IVA's annual 100 list highlights current research projects, in technical and economic sciences, that can create value for companies or society in the form of knowledge, processes, products and business development. The research projects on the first 100 list – presented in March 2019 – all have commercial potential and relate to digitalisation. In our 2020 list – presented in March 2020 – we highlight research focusing on sustainability.  Find the answers to your questions about the 100 list here!


About IVA's 100 list

What is IVA´s 100 list?

Answer: IVA's 100 list presents research projects which have been assessed to have the potential to develop into innovations, business development or other forms of benefit. The list reflects a variety of research projects and research competencies from Sweden's universities and colleges within a certain research area. IVA's 100 list shows interesting research projects that can form the basis of various forms of collaboration or be developed in cooperation with the business community, with the purpose to inspire new contacts, meetings and networking.

IVA's first 100 list was launched in conjunction with IVA's 100th anniversary 2019, hence the name.

Why has IVA compiled the 100 list?

Answer: IVA aim to strengthen Sweden in being a leader in transforming academic research into innovation and competitiveness in business. The goal is to strengthen and increase collaboration between researchers at colleges and universities and companies for the common good of all. More successful partnerships strengthen Sweden's competitiveness and contribute to a positive social progress. The purpose of the list is to shed light on research with high potential for creating benefits in the foreseeable future, through e.g. industrial commercialization, business and method development or societal impact. All researchers/research groups on the list are interested in increased contacts with the business community for application and to continue developing their research projects. The 100 list makes it easier for researchers and companies interested in collaborating to find each other.

The fact that the 100 list annually focuses on research in a specific thematic area (digitization 2019 and sustainability 2020) shows the research's potential to solve current societal challenges. In this way, IVA emphasize their ability to base on broad issues to build bridges between different parts of society, business and academia.

What research is included in IVA's 100 list?

Answer: The 100 list consists of a selection of current research projects from Sweden's educational institutions within a specific subject area (digitization 2019 and sustainability 2020), that are deemed to have the potential for business development or otherwise utilized. The research projects on the list have gone through a thorough nomination- and selection process based on a number of established criteria. .

How can I, as a researcher, join the 100 list?

Answer: If you do research within the subject area the list focuses on, and your research meets the set criteria, you can nominate yourself for the list.


About the nomination process

In what research areas / areas of application should research be?

Answer: You can nominate a researcher, a research team or research results.
IVA's 100 list 2020 calls for research on sustainability, in technical and economic sciences, that can create value for companies or societies in the form of knowledge, processes, products and business development and be applicable in:

  • Smart industry
  • Resource and energy efficiency
  • Society and welfare
  • Infrastructure
  • Smart products and services
  • Business models and circular economy

The applications we are looking for should be in one or more specific areas, such as:

  • Food
  • Life science
  • Textiles and plastics
  • Consumer goods at the consumer level
  • Mobility, freight and passenger transport
  • Raw materials and materials
  • Construction and housing
  • Finance
  • Leadership and organization
  • Valuation models, risk assessment, insurance
  • Law, including new types of agreements, strategic use of law as a tool for innovation, need for modernized regulations

Who can nominate?

Answer: The initial nomination is open to everyone – anyone can nominate. Of course, a researcher or research team can nominate themselves.

The only requirement is that the person nominating provides contact information to the nominee, i.e. the researcher or research team who owns and represents the research The person nominating also provides a simple description of the intended field of application of the research result, as well as what potential the research has to meet a need or solve a problem.

What happens after I nominate?

Answer: The nomination process takes place in the following two steps:

  1. The nomination goes through an initial review where the submitted content and contact details are checked. If the nomination for some reason is considered incomplete, the nominated contribution will not proceed to the next step.
  2. The listed researchers on all complete nominations are contacted. In order to proceed with the process, and have the opportunity to be included in the 100 list, the person designated as the representative of the research project must respond that they wish to proceed in the selection process and complete the nomination by providing supplementary information about their research.

The nominated researchers should have a driving force and be willing to develop the research through, for example, business development and provide an in-depth description of the research and its objectives.

The completed nominations are then checked by a review group, which consists ofUniversity of Gothenburg's innovation- and accelerator company with students from Sahlgrenska's and Chalmers entrepreneurial schools together with the company's CEO, Henric Rhedin and Innovation Manager, Anna Holmberg.

About the selection

How is the selection carried out?

Answer: The selection process proceeds, after review and completion of nominated grants, to a selection committee.

The selection committee consists of about 30 people with wide representation from IVA's network. Each grant will be reviewed by several members of the committee based on the established criteria, and the research’s potential regarding business development or other form of benefit.

The Selection Committee then submits its assessments to R2B's steering committee, which makes the final decision on which research projects should be presented on the 100 list.

What is assessed and what criteria are prioritized in the selection process?

Answer: The 100 list aims to highlight researchers and research teams with interest in increased contacts with the business sector and the surrounding society. Therefore, the selection is not based on scientific excellence but primarily on the research´s potential for business development, innovation and benefit for users, companies and society. However, scientific quality is of course a basic requirement.

The selection process is based on four criteria. If grants with similar research compete with each other for a place on the 100 list, the selection committee selects grant based on the research's assessed potential for utilization. Also, that the complete 100 List represents a breadth of research is taken into account.

Selection criteria

1. The potential of being an object for business development and / or innovation that can lead to

a. Competitiveness

Competitiveness is determined by a number of structural factors that provide particularly good conditions for producing and selling goods or services. Efficiency in corporate production and goods and services play an important role in a country's overall competitiveness. For a company, this can mean access to expertise, infrastructure, capital, legal certainty and predictability in terms of legislation and judicial oversight. Knowledge is a vital part of a company's competitiveness that can come from research and development at the company or from an academy.

b. Social benefit (Public welfare)

The concept of social benefit refers to the values ​​that benefit everyone in society. In the national economy, social benefit is defined as something that increases the overall welfare of society and contributes positively to the country's GDP. It is thus different from the fact that single individuals or companies are to be better off but is linked to the development of the nation as a whole. The question that is asked is: Can your research contribute to social benefit and increase Sweden's general prosperity?

2. Capacity for implementation (the team / researcher)

Special emphasis is placed on the fact that the researchers themselves have a driving force for wanting to develop and apply the research through business development or to convert their knowledge into other forms of benefit.

3. Timeliness (maturity and time aspect)

What is happening now or what is in the box but is relevant to use now (the time aspect). Researchers should consider that their research is mature enough to be included in the list and presented at the R2B Summit.

We also want to know more about your status - already in a collaboration, has already been utilized but has other / additional potential (maturity).

4. Originality

The unique features. What is unique and innovative about what is nominated?

In the selection process, the points system 1-5 is used, one to five points for the above criterion. However, potential (1) and capacity (2) have a higher value in the selection process.

At what stage should research be?

Answer: The research should have reached a stage where it can be disseminated, presented and made publica and be at a stage that will enable it to be implemented in the near future. Special emphasis is placed on the fact that the researchers themselves have a driving force to want to develop and apply the research through business development or to translate their knowledge into some kind of benefit.

Must intellectual property rights be clarified?

Answer: There needs to be clarity in both creation and management of intellectual property rights and other knowledge-based assets. The strategy developed cannot build on rights that are already limited to an exclusive party. The strategy must be based on a clarity between the parties regarding ownership and already developed business interests around the research results. If there is a conceivable business model/-s, we consider it a strength in the selection process. At the completion of the nomination, management of intellectual property rights and the idea of a business model are to be described.

How is classified information handled?

Answer: IVA's project R2B and the 100 list aims to draw attention to researchers and research teams in a stage where research can be disseminated, presented and made public. Therefore, do not include information that requires confidentiality, or other sensitive information that cannot be shared openly and publicly, as confidentiality will not be maintained within the framework of participation in the 100 list or R2B Summit.

Parties with interests in the nominated research should have taken an active position on how confidentiality within the framework of collaboration can be dealt with, as confidentiality issues can be crucial for subsequent, possible, patent applications. Since the design of writings on confidentiality is dependent on many different factors, the parties should be able to jointly present a sustainable writing.

Those who complete the nomination have their own responsibility for handling confidentiality. IVA assumes that the person completing the nomination handles his / her confidentiality. If uncertainty prevails, or if support is needed to describe the project adequately without disclosing sensitive or confidential information, contact your university's innovation support for consultation.

Can a decision of the Selection Committee be appealed?

Answer: Selections and decisions made by R2B's steering committee or IVA cannot be disputed or appealed.

About support and responsibilities, Research2Business och R2B Summit 


What is Research2Business (R2B)?

Answer: Research2Business is a project run by IVA to promote collaboration between researchers, industry and society that can strengthen Sweden's competitiveness in an international and sustainable perspective. Research2Business establishes meeting places to create better conditions for innovation through collaborations and new larger contact areas between academic research and business.

What is R2B Summit?

Answer: R2B Summit is an annual national meeting place for selected researchers from Swedish colleges and universities and persons responsible for innovation, research and development within the business sector. Researchers and research teams are given the opportunity to place their research in the spotlight with the intention of establishing contact and collaborations with the industry and business sector. R2B Summit also provides the opportunity for a mutual knowledge exchange between researchers, business and society.

Can researchers get funding or advice via R2B?

Answer: R2B has neither the funding to fund research, nor the opportunity to provide individual support or advice to researchers.

In these matters, R2B refers to the respective university's innovation support activities, or surrounding organizations that promote innovation support. Read about, and find, innovation support activities.

What responsibility does IVA take for participating researchers / research teams and their participation?

Answer: Participation in activities arranged by IVA's project R2B is always voluntary. Results that the participation enables will accrue to the participant or its representative. The contacts that may arise, business opportunities and business agreements made through R2B's activities are the parties' responsibility IVA does not guarantee that contacts will arise but will endeavor to create opportunities for valuable contacts.


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