Participation Options

The VoltaChem shared innovation program embraces the goal of open innovation: to share ideas, efforts, costs, and risks, and to reduce time to market for the new process and product innovation. Typically, VoltaChem results are shared on a non-exclusive basis between program partners according to customized agreements, tuned to each partner's needs and situation.

Whenever appropriate, however, VoltaChem also facilitates more dedicated research trajectories. We often do this to speed up the technology transfer and industrial uptake of results obtained in shared research, that have reached a higher maturity (Technology Readiness Level or TRL). Also, this model helps in our collaborations with SMEs who typically have shorter R&D horizons. For these collaborations, dedicated partnership and IP agreements are discussed with the companies involved.

Our participants have indicated amongst others the following reasons for participation:

  • Gaining insight into the most promising innovations that can help in increasing market positioning, developing new high-value products, lowering costs and lowering the carbon footprint of production.
  • Gaining a first mover advantage by joining forces in a non-competitive way and shaping the RD&I agenda, policy influence, and standards together.
  • Flexibility through a joint roadmap that is continuously updated by and for the participants based on the results of the program lines and an international innovation & technology scouting.
  • Leverage on own R&D and business development efforts by the participation of VoltaChem in regional, national and international funding programs.
  • Lowering investment risks in R&D and capital and mitigating the risk of missing relevant technical developments.

Participation models

  • Community participation: Exclusive discussion group, roadmap updates, high-level results and (inter)national events.
  • Shared R&D participation: Pre-competitive R&D within a collaborative program with a duration of 2-4 years. Participants get rights to the results and can influence and change the scope of the program along the way.
  • Sponsored project: Pre-competitive linear development; small projects with predefined scope/time/budget. Participants get rights to the results and determine the scope up front.
  • Commissioned project: Exclusive bilateral project with pre-defined scope/time/budget.
  • Subsidy project: The VoltaChem program participates in publicly subsidized consortium projects and fundamental research programs. The funding rules of these specific publicly funded programs determine the rights to the results.

We invite companies to join our VoltaChem Community and explore the various ways of participating in our research programs. Are you active in the chemical industry, electricity sector, and equipment supply and do you want to find out more about VoltaChem and how your company can participate and benefit? Please contact us!

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