TECHNOLOGY & PARTNER SEARCH FOR RESEARCHERS

RTO CHALLENGES

FINDING THE RIGHT PARTNER ISN'T EASY. USING SAIRA IS.

Innovation starts with the search for innovation potentials and the identification of opportunities like local challenges and collaboration needs or public and private funds for research projects. For scientists and engineers working at research and technology organizations, cross-border collaboration is key to developing and implementing promising ideas or optimizing prototypes, processes, products or services.

SAIRA IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER OPEN INNOVATION PLATFORMS.

OUR APPROACH

CHALLENGE

If you want to implement your ideas or apply for funding, but you need complementary knowledge and technology, you have to find the right partner. But finding the right partner isn’t easy. Using SAIRA is.

SOLUTION

SAIRA is a cost- and time-effective platform that enables R&D collaborations. Upload your Challenge and get connected to scientists and engineers working at research and technology organizations in more than 75 countries and find the right partner.

IMPACT

Collaborate with new partners to develop and implement your project ideas. SAIRA enables promising partnerships resulting in shared value at the intersection of research and sustainable development.

HOW IT WORKS

STEP 1 GET STARTED
  • Register as RESEARCHER (WAITRO MEMBER) and create your profile or login to your account
  • Decide on a project type:
  • »top-down«: project ideas based on prior identified funding opportunities
  • »bottom-up«: project ideas or needs (independent of funding opportunities)
STEP 2 PREPARE YOUR CHALLENGE
  • Click on »RTO Challenges« on your Dashboard and »CREATE A TOP-DOWN/BOTTOM-UP R&D PROJECT«
  • Fill out the form describing your project idea or challenge and »SAVE« it (descriptions should only contain non-confidential information)
STEP 3 SUBMIT YOUR CHALLENGE
  • Open your created project by clicking on »SHOW PROJECT« and invite other researchers of your RTO to join the project team
  • Make sure not to submit any confidential information
  • Read the submission rules carefully and »PUBLISH« your challenge or project idea
STEP 4 RECEIVE & DISCUSS PROPOSALS
  • Receive »Proposals« submitted by other R&D experts
  • Contact respondents, discuss proposals, and seek details
  • Execute Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with selected respondents to exchange confidential information
  • Agree on terms and conditions of a potential collaboration
STEP 5 CHOOSE A PARTNER & COLLABORATE
  • »ACCEPT PROPOSAL« to open a Workspace
  • Use SAIRA’s secure and efficient workspace for project management, develop joint project outlines and apply for funding or contact the SAIRA team
STEP 6 SHARE YOUR SUCCESS STORY ON SAIRA
  • Gain visibility by sharing the outcome and highlighting the impact of your collaboration (voluntary)

»TOP DOWN«

R&D PROJECTS BASED ON FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

To successfully address funding agencies’ agendas, researchers are increasingly required to develop competitive consortia that bring together a variety of innovators and relevant stakeholders. SAIRA enables researchers to establish consortia based on identified funding opportunities.

»BOTTOM-UP«

R&D PROJECTS BASED ON INNOVATIVE IDEAS OR CHALLENGES

Although some projects arise out of funder’s priorities others are generated by local RTOs in search of solutions – their perspective ensures that challenges are fully embraced by local communities, who have a strong hand in making them a reality. Our bottom-up approach provides important inspiration for researchers and benefits for society by linking local or global challenges more closely to scientific research. SAIRA offers complementary offline services to support »bottom-up« projects.

SUBMISSION OF CHALLENGES

SEEK PROPOSALS FROM OTHER RESEARCHERS

By submitting your Challenge you seek proposals that sketch out feasible contributions to your published ideas as well as possible ways on how to solve your challenge. Submitted Challenges should not include any confidential information even though the submission of Challenges should not be interpreted as giving SAIRA or any other third party the permission for any commercial use of the submitted information.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

PROTECTING YOUR KNOW-HOW AND IDEAS

SAIRA is different from other open innovation platforms. If you submit a challenge and bring an idea to the table, it remains yours. Please note that you are responsible for taking all appropriate measures to protect the core information of your idea in order to avoid any fraud or abuse of sensitive information.

GET STARTED

READY TO FIND TECHNOLOGIES & PARTNERS?

By saving time and resources identifying technologies and partners, SAIRA provides real competitive advantages. Register for free as RESEARCHER (WAITRO) or login to your account. Please note that only researchers and staff of member organizations of the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO) are able to access SAIRA as researchers.

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