ABOUT SAIRA

THE OPEN INNOVATION HUB FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

CONNECTING KNOWLEDGE WITH OPPORTUNITY, FOR GOOD

Launched in 2019, SAIRA was born out of the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO) to foster international collaboration in research and development and to tackle the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. By bringing established researchers together with companies, start-ups, NGOs, government agencies, and impact investors, SAIRA strives to transfer technologies and implement innovative solutions on a global scale. SAIRA is operated by the WAITRO Secretariat based in Sankt Augustin, Germany, and secured by Fraunhofer technology.

WORKING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

OUR FOCUS

ENABLING PARTNERSHIPS TO TACKLE GLOBAL CHALLENGES

Global challenges are nearly impossible to tackle when established experts and upstart innovators work in silos. If research and technology organizations, governments, NGOs, and the private sector could collaborate on global challenges more easily, lasting solutions would certainly come more quickly. SAIRA aims to make that happen.

OUR MISSION

IMPLEMENTING SOLUTIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

We gather, strengthen, and champion a global innovation ecosystem to facilitate the development and deployment of technological solutions that have an impact on sustainable development.

OUR VISION

SHAPING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

We are the primary platform for international collaborations where challenges, innovative ideas, and expertise in R&D are matched to develop innovative solutions that contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

OUR CORE VALUES

Diversity & Interdisciplinarity
Collaboration & Team Work
Value Creation & Impact
Inclusion & Ownership

ABOUT THE NAME

WHAT SAIRA STANDS FOR

‘SAIRA’ stands for Sustainability, Access, Innovation, Research, and Application. Five words that define what we do. Our name and logo stand for simplicity. We are committed to keeping things transparent and efficient.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

BACKED BY THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT

SAIRA – The Open Innovation Hub for Sustainable Development is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT) supported the development and technical implementation of the platform.