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The External Relations Office

The External Relations Office is Umeå University's central unit for research funding and collaboration. We offer strategic support, as well as a guiding way in for companies, organisations, and authorities who wish to co-operate with the university.


Anders Wennström, coordinator, research

I am responsible for the area of international research funding and focus on providing information about different funding opportunities and to provide direct support to researchers during the application writing.

Anna-Lill Drugge, coordinator, project

I work with issues related to strategic partnerships, research collaboration and Co-operative education. My research interests concern collaborative research processes in indigenous settings.

Bodil Formark, coordinator, research (absence)
Johanna Gardeström, coordinator, project

As coordinator, I provide support and tools to facilitate collaboration between academia and other sectors in society (private, public and NGOs).

Karl-Erik Renhorn, other position

I support and develop the process of application for external research funding, an review draft applications. I also teach research funding application writing.

Kristoffer Lindell, other position

Project leader in the area research infrastructure and research information.

Lena Holmberg, communication officer

As a Communications Officer at the External Relations Office, I mainly work with the University website, the intranet (Aurora) and writing texts. 

Sussi Mikaelsson, accountant

I work as a budget advisor at Grant's Office, where I mainly focus on projects financed by the EU and/or Wallenberg. I am also the Organisationkontoansvarig for Prisma here at Umeå University.