University collaboration

Academic partnerships for innovation

At ABB, innovation is our lifeblood: We are constan365体育投注tly striving to find new ways to make our customers more competitive an365体育投注d minimize environmental impact.

That is why we work with the very best academic talent in a wide ran365体育投注ge of disciplines, such as materials science, software, power electronics an365体育投注d electromagnetics, to name but a few.

ABB invests heavily in university collaborations, as reflected by our existing partnerships with more than365体育投注 100 universities worldwide, to develop long-term disruptive technologies as well as mid- to short-term evolutionary innovations for our existing products an365体育投注d services. 

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, German365体育投注y, India, Polan365体育投注d, Sweden, Switzerlan365体育投注d an365体育投注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 compan365体育投注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 an365体育投注d education programs with regular workshops an365体育投注d seminars, graduate-level placements at ABB an365体育投注d more.
  • Industrial PhD programs: We provide funding for a number of ABB employees pursuing PhDs in commercially relevan365体育投注t areas.
  • Consortia of government, business an365体育投注d academic partners focus on mutually beneficial projects, aiming to implement technologies in the field.
  • Professors who divide their time between ABB an365体育投注d academic institutions, directing commercial projects, guiding PhD students an365体育投注d shaping educational programs at partner universities.

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