A new and extended agreement regarding aeronautical research has been signed between the Swedish State and the Swedish aerospace industry. SEK 440 million is to be invested from 2009 to 2012.
The National Aviation Engineering Research Programme (NFFP) has been operating since 1993 and is an agreement between the Swedish State in the form of the work of the Vinnova innovation system, the Armed Forces and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, on the one hand and industry including Saab and Volvo Aero Corporation, on the other.
Research projects within NFFP are also being carried out in collaboration between the industry and the country’s universities and colleges. The industry is contributing with its own work equivalent to the amount that the State is providing for researchers at universities and colleges.
50 percent increase
When the agreement was signed before Easter regarding the new phase of NFFP, called NFFP5, this represented an increased contribution of approximately 50 percent. SEK 440 million will be invested in research within the aviation field over the next four years.
“Of course it is very positive that the state is continuing to invest in aeronautical research. This also strengthens our ability to participate in international collaborations,” says Lennart Sindahl who is Vice President at Saab.