The partner institutes, both located in Sweden are; “Institute for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development" (IKED), a structure which has concentrated its field of work on knowledge economy and enterprise development; and “Division of Innovation”, a research center facilitated under Lund University’s organization and implements research on areas such as learning in innovation systems, regional innovation systems and assessment the impact of R&D and innovation on productivity.

Along with these affiliations, REF and these two establishments will collaborate in various projects through using their resources, experts and related institutions which are among their networks; will provide exchange of knowledge in common interest areas and transfer knowledge in related conferences and similar activities.