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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
GENERAL INFORMATION & IP RIGHTS
Q: Who can join SAIRA and how much does it cost?
SAIRA is a matchmaking service for researchers who are working at WAITRO member organizations, as well as for companies, SMEs, start-ups, and NGOs and government organizations. The use of SAIRA is free. SAIRA is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research and has no commercial aim.
Q: Does SAIRA or WAITRO provide funding for projects?
No, neither SAIRA nor WAITRO provide direct funding. However, part of our complementary services is to identify and to draw attention to funding opportunities. Information on calls and requests for innovative research are frequently disseminated. We actively approach potential investors and promote SAIRA projects to acquire financial support to project teams.
Q: How is Intellectual Property (IP) managed on SAIRA?
If you post an idea on SAIRA, your IP rights remain with you. No rights are transferred to SAIRA, WAITRO, Fraunhofer or any other third party. Once you intent to start a collaboration, you need to sign a Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA) or Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA). Whenever you are uploading a proposal and sharing an idea, we advise you not to give out any confidential information unless all parties involved have signed an NDA or CDA. Learn more
Q: When and how do I register as RESEARCHER?
To register as a researcher, your organization needs to be a member of the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations. Use your institutional e-mail address to sign up, otherwise the system does not recognize your affiliation with WAITRO. If you do not have an organization email address but are working for a WAITRO member organization, please contact us. We will verify your membership and grant you access to the innovation hub.
Q: When and how do I register as INDUSTRY?
If you are working for a company or SME, register as INDUSTRY. You can register for free and upload your challenges and collaboration needs to find technologies and partners (INDUSTRIAL CHALLENGES).
Q: When and how do I register as START-UP?
If you are an entrepreneur and working at a start-up, register as START-UP. You can register for free and upload your challenges and collaboration needs to find technologies and partners (START-UP CHALLENGES).
Q: When and how do I register as NGO/GO?
If you are working for a non-governmental or a government organization, register as NGO/GO. You can register for free and upload your challenges and collaboration needs to find technologies and partners (NGO/GO CHALLENGES). After verification of your existence and commitment to contributing to the SDGs, we grant you access to the innovation hub.
TECHNOLOGY AND PARTNER SEARCH
Q: Does my idea have to be at a certain development stage to be posted as a Challenge?
No, however, we advise you to have a clear outline ready before you upload your challenge or idea so it becomes easier to tailor answer to your challenges and collaboration needs.
Q: Can I submit multiple Challenges?
Yes, you can post as many challenges as you want. However, we ask you not to post any challenges or ideas unless you actually plan to collaborate on them and want to implement them.
Q: Who can see my Challenges?
RTO CHALLENGES: researchers (optional: companies, start-ups, NGOs/GO)
INDUSTRIAL CHALLENGES: researchers
START-UP CHALLENGES: researchers
NGO/GO CHALLENGES: researchers
Q: Do I have to pay for proposals submitted to my challenges?
No, you do not have to pay for proposals.
Q: Can I draft a Challenge and finish it later?
Yes, you can draft a Challenge and save it. Once you have submitted your Challenge you cannot edit it anymore.
Q: Do I have limited time to accept or reject a proposal?
No. However, we strongly recommend to accept proposals no later than 3 weeks after the submission deadline.
Q: Is it possible to collaborate with more than one party?
Yes. In fact, for some projects it might be beneficial for multiple collaborators to come together.
Q: Can I contact a platform member on SAIRA without posting a challenge or submitting a proposal?
No, you can only contact a person that submitted a challenge, project idea or a proposal.
Q: What is a workspace and how do I use it?
We have created a secure online room called workspace, which serves as a safe platform to share confidential information and to facilitate communication after a successful matchmaking. In SAIRA’s workspaces, our users can exchange ideas and manage their projects. To open a workspace, you must accept a proposal. Once you have accepted a proposal, the button “Open Workspace” will appear, so you can easily start your collaboration.
RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
Q: Can I begin drafting a proposal and finish it later?
Yes, you can start a proposal draft and save it. Once you have submitted your proposal you cannot edit it anymore.
Q: Can I submit multiple solutions for one challenge?
Yes, but it is strongly recommended that you only submit well thought through and developed solutions.
Q: Is it possible to reuse the same idea for different proposals?
There is no commercial use of ideas unless it has been explicitly stated in a collaboration agreement.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Q: What does SAIRA stand for?
Sustainability, Access, Innovation, Research, and Application.
Q: Where is SAIRA operated?
SAIRA is operated by the WAITRO Secretariat and hosted by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany.
Q: When, Where & Why was SAIRA founded?
The idea for SAIRA emerged in 2017 out of the “Fraunhofer for Development” (F4D) project that was working with WAITRO to solve local challenges across the globe through the expertise of research and technological organizations (RTOs) in different regions. However, the matching process was quite tedious, and the F4D team thought of a new, more efficient and easy way to bring together innovators from all over the world: an online platform. They gained the support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and were able to go ahead with building the Open Innovation Hub SAIRA.
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