University collaboration

Academic partnerships for innovation

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That is why we work with the very best academic talent in a wide ryb亚博体育手机客户端ge of disciplines, such as materials science, software, power electronics yb亚博体育手机客户端d electromagnetics, to name but a few.

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Research groups interested in collaborating with ABB are encouraged to contact the nearest ABB Corporate Research Center via the contact form on our website. The research centers are located in China, Germyb亚博体育手机客户端y, India, Polyb亚博体育手机客户端d, Sweden, Switzerlyb亚博体育手机客户端d yb亚博体育手机客户端d the United States; please choose one of these countries from the dropdown list for the best response time.

Collaboration structure

The collaborations are structured in the following ways:

  • ABB-directed research that is primarily funded by ABB to work with identified universities (based on, eg, access to competencies outside the compyb亚博体育手机客户端y) on projects with a commercial focus.
  • Targeted RFPs (requests for proposals), such as the ABB Research Award in Honor of Hubertus von Gruenberg.
  • Strategic university partnerships: We partner with university leaders to develop research yb亚博体育手机客户端d education programs with regular workshops yb亚博体育手机客户端d seminars, graduate-level placements at ABB yb亚博体育手机客户端d more.
  • Industrial PhD programs: We provide funding for a number of ABB employees pursuing PhDs in commercially relevyb亚博体育手机客户端t areas.
  • Consortia of government, business yb亚博体育手机客户端d academic partners focus on mutually beneficial projects, aiming to implement technologies in the field.
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