Swedish ICT becomes part of RISE - Sweden’s new, strong research institute
25 October, 2016 - 14:14
SP, Swedish ICT, and Innventia have merged, with the aim of together creating a more united institute sector and becoming a stronger innovation partner for both the Swedish business community and broader society. In the new year we will officially change our name to RISE. Pia Sandvik is the MD of the new RISE.
– What is most inspiring about this role is that I have the opportunity to develop the potential of the new RISE. We really have an opportunity to increase our ability to fulfil the needs of clients, Pia Sandvik says.
The new RISE will develop more services that will benefit clients in the long term. In particular, this will be carried out through a broadening of the range of services offered and the development of a system that facilitates better access to the various operations. These developments are in response to feedback we have received, primarily from small- and medium-sized companies.
– Small- and medium-sized companies are incredibly important for Sweden’s economic growth, but often struggle to access research and development. RISE’s experience with assisting clients in defining their problems, together with our wide range of expertise, allows us to work with almost any technology readiness level. In other words, we are better prepared than many other organisations in the field to provide excellent support for the development of small- and medium-sized companies, Pia Sandvik says.
The process of creating the new RISE will take place gradually, over the course of the years to come, but in the new year all of the institutes* will change their name to RISE. The headquarters will be established in Gothenburg.
The new RISE will be organised as six divisions:
- RISE Bioeconomy
- RISE Built Environment
- RISE ICT
- RISE Life Science
- RISE Safety & Transport
- RISE Certification
The Swedish ICT Group is included in the division RISE ICT. The institutes of Swedish ICT – SICS, Acreo, Viktoria, and Interactive Institute – are companies and will retain their names, but will operate under the umbrella of the RISE ICT division. This is also true for the CBI Swedish Cement and Concrete Research Institute within the RISE Built Environment division.
Trans-boundary business and innovation areas
In addition to the divisions, a number of business and innovation areas are established across the boundaries of the divisions.
- Energy and bio-based economy
- Sustainable cities and communities
- Life Science
Their purpose is to ensure that RISE is prepared to meet societal challenges on the global scale that are related to, for example, climate, energy, environment, safety, and demography, as well as health and education. Such challenges require a trans-boundary approach, which is achieved through the work carried out within RISE’s business and innovation areas, in combination with our expertise in innovation management and R&D and experience in working in close collaboration with the industry.
All clients who are affected by any aspect of this change, for example regarding agreements, will be contacted in good time.
Read more at www.ri.se/en/about-rise
*Some institutes will continue to be part-owned subsidiaries and retain their current names. This concerns, for example, Processum, Asta Zero, Fire Research AS, and PFI AS.
*Swerea remains an associated company of RISE, with a direct industrial co-ownership of 57%.
Text updated 2017-03-06.