VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT) is a state-owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company established by law. Act on the Limited Liability Company Called VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (8761/2014) lays down provisions on the operations and status of VTT. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy is responsible for state ownership steering.
As an impartial non-profit Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) and with the national mandate and mission to support economic competitiveness, societal development and innovation, VTT carries out research and innovation activities for the needs of industry and knowledge-based society. In 2017, VTT’s net turnover was 153,2 million € with highly educated personnel of 2368. VTT receives approximately one-third of its total income directly from the Finnish government.
To contribute to EU goals for 2020 and beyond VTT works in synergy with the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy, with regional innovation networks throughout Finland and with numerous European platforms and partnerships. Within Horizon 2020, VTT aims at the renewal of European industrial value chains increasing EU competitiveness while strengthening dynamic ecosystems and addressing Societal Challenges.
VTT is organized around three main areas: Knowledge-intensive products and services, Smart industry and energy systems, and Solutions for natural resources and environment. However, all VTT activities are characterized by genuine trans-disciplinary and cross-sectoral approaches and the daily project work is planned and implemented within multi-year, coordinated programs.
Main tasks attributed in the A-PATCH project:
TT’s expertise dedicated to the A-Patch project is drawn from the Business, Innovations and Foresight research area. In the A-Patch project VTT works with the issues of Responsible Research and Innovation, technology ethics and societal acceptance. The activities include defining ethical requirements for the A-Patch technology, stakeholder engagement activities and increasing project consortium knowledge on related issues. VTT is leading Dissemination, Communications and Exploitation Planning work package (WP7).