What is Big Science Sweden?
The Big Science market
Large-scale research facilities involved in Big Science comprise a huge, global market. Our mission is to support Swedish industry, research institutes and universities to contribute to Big Science facilities to facilitate excellent research at the forefront of knowledge.
We focus on high-tech contributions that drive research, innovation, and international collaboration, and generate business opportunities for Sweden.
About Big Science Sweden
Big Science Sweden is Sweden’s official Big Science Industrial Liaison Office (ILO) serving Swedish high-tech industry, academia, research institutes and the Big Science facilities in which Sweden is a member.
We are a key component in the Swedish ecosystem supporting Big Science. We contribute to building up Sweden as an important Big Science nation through initiatives that promote cutting-edge knowledge, innovation, knowledge transfer, and competitiveness in Swedish industry.
Director Big Science Swede
Doing business with Big Science
The Big Science research facilities are constantly looking for high-tech suppliers of goods and services. Most contracts are awarded through a procurement process in which interested companies submit a tender. As an ILO we are aware of research facilities’ needs and their upcoming procurements.
Industrial return for Sweden
Industrial return refers to the total value of orders that Swedish companies receive from the facilities in relation to Sweden’s total funding.
A basic principle is that contracts awarded by the research facilities are, as far as possible, to be allocated fairly among the member countries. However, the price quoted in the tender is always a factor to be considered. As Sweden's industrial return on investment is currently low, this is a strategically advantageous time for Swedish companies to respond to procurements and submit tenders.
A company aiming to join our network must already be a supplier to research facilities or sectors with correspondingly high levels of technical specifications, such as aerospace, oil and gas, nuclear, robotics, or medtech.
Member companies have access to training sessions, seminars, conferences, study visits, and participation in large trade fairs – where promising business contacts can be made. They also become part of an interesting network with other suppliers, enabling them to share experiences and find collaboration partners. Today, the Big Science Sweden network comprises more than 200 qualified suppliers and partners.
Procurements from the research facilities
Our national specialists review all new procurements from the research facilities, working actively and strategically in considering which member companies could be interested in a specific procurement. We then alert the relevant companies about the procurement, and guide them through the tender procedure and technical specifications.
Every Wednesday morning, we have an online meeting, Business Corner, where we give participants the latest news about current procurements. There is also an opportunity to chat with our ILO staff.
We publish current and upcoming procurements here on the website.
The Swedish Guide
The Swedish Guide is a practical catalogue for buyers and technical managers at the research facilities who are looking for suppliers. Information about our member companies can also be found in the searchable database.
In the Guide, we show the broad range of what Swedish suppliers, institutes, and universities have to offer the cutting-edge Big Science market.
Academic contributions to Big Science
Scientific questions often demand the latest technology to extend the boundaries of knowledge. Big Science is the domain where scientists and engineers work together, in conducting cutting-edge research and building equipment for the research facilities.
By bringing together researchers and representatives from industry and the research facilities we are bridging the gap between science, technology, and business.
When academia delivers technology to Big Science facilities, this generates multiple scientific, technological, and societal benefits.
Co-Director Big Science Sweden
Another part of our work is to compile and publicise how Swedish universities and research institutes contribute to Big Science. In The Swedish Guide and here on our website, we list more than 70 Swedish academic projects relating to Big Science.
Meeting places for industry, universities, institutes, and research facilities
In addition to providing new knowledge, our activities offer opportunities for partnerships and collaboration initiatives.
Big Science Sweden activities include:
The Big Science Sweden Conference – Researchers, industry and research facilities meet to discuss the latest developments in Big Science, share experiences, make contacts, and find possible business partners.
Aimday Big Science Technology – Research facilities discuss their challenges with scientists at Swedish universities and institutes and representatives from Swedish high-tech companies.
Big Science Technology Workshops – The aim is to strengthen the expertise and skills of supplier companies and their abilities to deliver advanced technology. World-class speakers and experts participate in these workshops.