SPIRIT Programme

Offer to BTH researchers - explore how your research can create global impact

Participation in the SPIRIT programme provides funding for the 8-week programme where you explore how your research can make a global impact.

What is the SPIRIT Programme?

The SPIRIT programme is a national program for researchers at Swedish universities where you will work together with other teams in an 8-week training programme for commercial utilisation of research. The programme is based on other successful programmes that have been run in the US and UK for 10+ years with very good results.

You and your team get funding for the participation, equivalent to 80% of your full-time salary for 8 weeks. The programme is divided into two parts, 4 weeks of work and 4 weeks off, then you will work another 4 weeks. The workload is approximately 80% full-time.

SPIRIT stands for Swedish Programme for Innovative Researchers Impact Training and is a collaboration between BTH, Chalmers, Lund University, LTU Business, Luleå Tekniska Universitet, KTH and financed by Vinnova. The inspiration for development of the this programme is the I-Corps and ICURe programmes in US and UK.

During the 8-weeks you will learn:

  • How to go from idea or research result to commercial utilisation?
  • Which roles are necessary when you develop an idea, and what role could you take?
  • How do you explain your research so people understand and want to know more?
  • What do words like commercialisation, impact, utilisation and innovation mean in practice?
  • How do you connect with external organisations and determine if they are interested in your research results and knowledge?
  • How to combine research and business, and how commercialisation works.
  • Validate your result
  • Peer-to-peer learning

Why should I apply?

  • The SPIRIT programme helps you to identify viable pathways to successful utilisation without having to create a company or seek funding for development.
  • Successful utilisation of research results does not only mean potential income but also makes you more attractive for industry collaboration and helps you identify new sources of research funding.
  • Get support in the exploration of the potential for global impact and take important steps towards commercialisation.
  • Expand your network and write better funding applications.
  • Discover and develop skills and mindset for successful commercialisation.
  • Discover the interest in your research within industry, society, and other beneficiaries.

How to apply?

Fill out the form to submit your application.

SPIRIT Application

Further information and contact

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Kennet Henningsson.

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