Luleå University of Technology has a long experience of running projects in close cooperation with the region's companies. Within NorrlandsNavet, PhD students and researchers will work in close collaboration with SMEs in the region to identify problems and challenges in the companies. The PhD students will do most of the field work, while researchers are responsible for research design, supervision and mentoring. The PhD students will therefore spend considerable time with the companies. This means that every company can gain access to collaborative phD students and researchers from different scientific disciplines in order to best develop their business. The research activities will be applied and company-wide with a focus on concrete industry and social benefits. All to strengthen the companies' conditions for growth.