The research at UMERC can be called applied research, since it aims at directly or indirectly support the development of learning, teaching, text books, tests, steering documents etc.
In the Swedish Higher Education Act the so called third task (besides education and research) is described: That universities should interact with the community and provide information about their activities and seek to ensure that research from the university will be useful.
Different researchers and projects in UMERC have interacted with the community:
With teachers from upper primary, lower secondary and upper secondary levels in Umeå.
With the municipalities in Gothenburg, Skövde, Umeå, and Örnsköldsvik.
With the Swedish National Center for Mathematics Education.