About SAIRA

Who we Are

SAIRA is a digital matchmaking platform that tackles the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. By bringing established experts together with upstart innovators, we are facilitating long-term partnerships that can improve millions of lives and sustain themselves over time. SAIRA was developed by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and is operated by the WAITRO Secretariat in Germany.

World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations

WAITRO is an independent, non-governmental and not-for-profit association established in 1970 to promote and encourage cooperation among research and technology organizations (RTOs). It was founded under the auspices of the United Nations system and has consultative status with many of its specialized agencies. WAITRO currently counts 160 members in 76 countries.

Research Areas

Delivering Research and Development in a Broad Array of Areas
ENERGY
WASTE MANAGEMENT & ENVIRONMENT
AGRICULTURE
FOOD & NUTRITION
WATER
SANITATION
LIFE SCIENCE & BIOTECHNOLOGY
HEALTH & MEDICINE
MOBILITY & TRANSPORT
INFRASTRUCTURE & CITIES
VALUE CHAIN MANAGEMENT
PRODUCTION
MATERIALS & SURFACES
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
STANDARDIZATION
SECURITY & PROTECTION
EDUCATION
KNOWLEDGE & TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH
CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT

Research and Technology Organizations- RTOs

Research and technology organizations are institutions that conduct research and development for governmental entities, companies and other customers. Their main objective is to foster innovations that increase economic competitiveness and the quality of life.

RTOs Services Inlcude

  • Development of customized & tailored technological solutions
  • Pre-competitive research for new products & services
  • Incubation & commercialization of technologies
  • Consultancy & advisory activities on technological issues
  • Technology validation, testing, prototyping & standardization

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. The research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. Fraunhofer joined WAITRO in the 1990s and is the new host of the WAITRO Secretariat as of January 2019. Being part of the Global Innovation Family inspired Fraunhofer to develop SAIRA, to bring the family even closer together while growing the network and creating sustainable change.

Partners

Working with our partners to tackle global challenges and fulfill our vision of a sustainable future. SAIRA was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.