Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Profile

  • Partner
  • Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy, VTT
  • Finland
  • www.vtt.fi

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT), is a state owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company established by law. Act on the Limited Liability Company Called VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (8761/2014) lays down provisions on the operations and status of VTT (this Act enters into force 1st of January 2015 and supersedes the Act on the Technical Research Centre of Finland 953/2010 and all amendments subsequently made to it). The Ministry of Employment and the Economy is responsible for state ownership steering.

As an impartial non-profit Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) and with the national mandate and mission to support economic competitiveness, societal development and innovation, VTT carries out research and innovation activities for the needs of industry and knowledge-based society. In 2016, VTT’s net turnover was 162,6 million € and other operational incomes were 86,4 million €, with highly educated personnel of 2128. VTT receives approximately one third of its total income directly from the Finnish government. This allows VTT to carry out the high-risk strategic research and to invest in research and technology infrastructures, which are necessary to generate the knowledge and know-how required for fulfilling VTT’s public mandate.

To contribute to EU goals for 2020 and beyond VTT works in synergy with the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy, with regional innovation networks throughout Finland and with numerous European platforms and partnerships. Within Horizon 2020, VTT aims at renewal of European industrial value chains increasing EU competitiveness while strengthening dynamic ecosystems and addressing Societal Challenges. VTT is organised around three main areas: Knowledge intensive products and services, Smart industry and energy systems, and Solutions for natural resources and environment. However, all VTT activities are characterised by genuine trans-disciplinary and cross-sectoral approaches and the daily project work is planned and implemented within multi-year, coordinated programmes.

VTT has a long and vast experience in EU projects under different funding programmes and other frameworks (also PPPs, EITs, EIPs, etc.). On average, the share of industry partners was 48% in those consortia where VTT was engaged in FP7. In 2016, VTT was involved in 385 EU-funded research projects (111 within H2020). Ranked among the leading European RTOs, VTT is committed to responsible collaboration for achieving the Europe 2020 goals by networking with Finnish and European actors in the global context. VTT is a member of the Finnish Information Security Cluster (http://www.fisc.fi) and the European Cyber Security Organization (https://www.ecs-org.eu). These memberships will give access to a wide range of companies and cybersecurity ecosystem actors, guaranteeing a wide dissemination and exploitation for YAKSHA results.

VTT’s expertise in YAKSHA is drawn from the teams: Cybersecurity; Innovations, Economy and Policy; Foresight, Organizational Dynamics and Systemic Change; and Business Ecosystems Development. Cyber security research at VTT is based on strong experience in various topics of information security, both in research and R&D projects. We have around 30 security professionals at VTT at Cyber Security team. The focus areas are security assurance, including security testing, monitoring and analysis; risk and vulnerability analysis; protection of networked and mobile systems; secure software platforms and architectures; security in information systems; and information security of critical infrastructures.

Innovation, Economy and Policy research services encompass innovation activities and industrial renewal as well as the socio-economic impact assessment of innovation policy. The research supports strategic decisions of domestic and international innovation policy-makers, the research community and enterprises. The team develops diverse and multidisciplinary studies, which apply quantitative and qualitative methodologies and utilise VTT’s domestic and international collaboration networks.

Foresight activities at VTT aim to provide well-grounded information about future technological developments, and about the prerequisites and impacts of introducing new technologies. Our foresight and assessment activities support decision-making in the development and introduction of new technologies and also related societal dialogue on these issues. Our methodological expertise covers foresight, roadmapping, risk assessment and societal embedding processes: Technology foresight and assessment projects in cooperation with experts from various fields; stakeholder processes supporting the introduction of new technologies of societal relevance; and methodological and theoretical development.

The Business Ecosystem Development team’s main focus is on research and development in the area of company networking, business ecosystems and business development. Service business development, circular economy and digitalization are central topic in our research. It works closely with companies in action research and development of activities in companies and company networks. SME companies is a major target group in its research.