Co-location allows for the efficient use of industry and university personnel and resources in a shared space where collaborative research is carried out based on an agreed long term strategic vision. The use of a common space enables a daily basis interaction and reduces communication and cultural barriers associated with being located in different facilities.


Analyze the main bottlenecks taking place in several joint activities and identify best practices to increase the long-term efficiency, societal impact and throughput of University-Industry partnerships.

  • Share strategic vision on research projects and exploitable results.
  • Conduct joint research projects and educational activities in a shared space.
  • Monitor the interaction, analyze results and ask stakeholders´ experience to come up with new approaches.

Identify best practices that solve the main bottlenecks found during the shared experience, focused on:

  • Co-located team: How to increase trust and motivate personnel.
  • Processes: Define an easier and faster market validation process of new research ideas.
  • Output: How to increase the number of impactful joint innovation opportunities and industry-ready skilled students.

Four initial guidelines for a successful Co-Location:

  • Embrace the different nature and asymmetries of companies and universities in terms of structure, processes, timings, objectives, commercialization vs dissemination/publication objectives.
  • Define a sufficiently detailed agreement to support processes, but flexible enough to incorporate new activities.
  • Train staff well and involve the required resources that enable an agile interaction.
  • Be ready to exploit the results of the collaboration and continuously improve the interaction.