The year starts with large grants in strategic research areas

12 January, 2015 - 15:14

Grants to strong distributed research environments (SIDUS)

The Knowledge Foundation’s grants to strong distributed research environments (SIDUS) guarantees long-term research in strategic areas and builds research competence for the future.

Data analysis

The Knowledge Foundation grants 29.5 million SEK over five years to SICS Swedish ICT's research in large-scale data analysis. The project is considered to have great potential for Swedish industry.  The grant is part of the Knowledge Foundation's investment in strong distributed research environments (SIDUS). SICS, Swedish ICT is considered to be the strongest research environment in the data analysis area. Read more about it here.

Software and systems engineering

More than 30 million SEK goes to software research with the goal to give the industry a decision support system to make companies more competetive in software development. There is a need to make better decisions regarding for instance when to develop the software yourself, use open source software components, or buy from others. 

Blekinge Tekniska Högskola coordinates the project where SICS Swedish ICT and Mälardalen University take part.

ECare at Home

ICT-supported independent living of the elderly involves populating the home with connected electronic devices such as sensors and actuators and linking them to the Internet. We see rapid progress in terms of technical solutions. But there is a gap between theory and practice that this project aims to bridge. 

The project is coordinated by Örebro university, and partners are SICS East Swedish ICT, SICS Swedish ICT, and Mälardalens university.

"The project is in an area with great future potential for innovation", says Madelene Sandström, president of the Knowledge Foundation. "A successfully implemented project will contribute to the emergence of a new generation of researchers in the field who can take an international role."

European partnership within e-Health

Furthermore, SICS is part of a new strategic partnership selected by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) to tackle health challenges of the future, InnoLife.

InnoLife is a consortium of more than 140 European partners of leading businesses, research centres and universities from 14 EU countries, including SICS Swedish ICT, Abbott Laboratories from Spain, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), and the University of Oxford from the UK.

For SICS this partnership will guarantee long-term research funding in eHealth, a strategic area at SICS.